Established in 2014, GARCIAVELEZ is a new menswear brand based in New York City. Its Spring/Summer 2017 collection raised considerable buzz after its presentation on July 12th in the course of New York Men’s Fashion Week. Designed by an architect, the garments exhibit great attention to architectural and construction details, delivering a sense of urban style and comfort for a young metropolitan dweller.
The collection is an exploration of the architecture of the body in juxtaposition to an ephemeral concept of weathering of minerals. GARCIAVELEZ translates the decay of urban infrastructure into a conceptualized form of verdigris – the natural blue-green patina formed when copper, brass and bronze are exposed to natural elements. This verdigris pattern is used in some of the garments, and also appears on treated copper plates and sections of steel mesh, used as background contextualizing the presentation.
Carlos GARCIAVELEZ is a fashion designer, architect, urbanist and lecturer at Harvard University. His research and design work spans across multiple disciplines from fashion and interior furnishings, to architecture and urban landscapes. Before establishing GARCIAVELEZ, Carlos worked for diverse design studios including Gabellini Shepard Associates in New York City and the Alexander McQueen fashion house in London. His fashion perspective is unique; he looks to interpret global issues of infrastructure decay into the language of fashion in order to highlight the relationship between construction and destruction, man and nature.
“We look into the expiration date of infrastructure in the world,” states Garciavelez. “The collection echoes the fragile balance between nature and life with that of death and decay.” To reflect this notion, it simultaneously exhibits a sense of strength and vulnerability. The use of oxidized hues speaks to the gradual effects of verdigris and erosion. Garment construction is architecturally complex, while raw seams and edges stress the raw and the unrefined. Each piece becomes a wearable infrastructure of sorts. Light fabrics contrast with bold prints and allude to an urban cityscape. Sweatshirts, outerwear and loose layering feature the natural man’s affinity to freedom of movement.
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