If ever there was a brand name with a name that says it all, Grungy Gentleman it is! I have never seen designs that are so perfectly described by their name. Designer and founder of Grungy Gentleman, Jace Lipstein, is a marvel in translating words into visions. His Spring/Summer 2017 collection “Next Man Up”, shown on July 14th at the W New York in the course of NYFWM, is the best incarnation of the playful definition of Grungy Gentleman. Each look is an embodiment of a man who is bold, brilliant, passionate and has fierce taste. The brand exudes the stylistic finesse of masculine simplicity and irreverence. It is no surprise that it has found shining praise and renowned following from top names in the sports, music and entertainment industries.
Sons of Anarchy star Theo Rossi opened and closed the show. The fifth one of the brand, it attracted such notable guests as actor Skylar Astin and New York Red Bulls soccer stars Ronald Zubar and Damien Perrinelle. New York Giants’ Justin Pugh and rapper Sammy Adams were seen playing Madden and other games at a Microsoft XBOX lounge before the runway show commenced. In fact, Microsoft live-streamed the runway to the flagship Microsoft store on Fifth avenue, and also hosted a meet-and-greet with the designer and some of the models after the event.
“Grungy Gentleman is all about expression — merging style with individuality to help men accentuate their boldness, athleticism, and masculinity. The Grungy Gentleman spring collection, the designs, and namely, the pre-existing ideals of our collaborators do nothing less than continue this mission. It’s an exciting, fresh take on urban style, athletic tailoring, and menswear alike — and we are truly excited to show it off on the runway.” – said Jace Lipstein, Designer and Founder of Grungy Gentleman.
The showing of over 70 ensembles included both formal and casual styles. The line carries everything from blazers to crew necks, pants, shorts, outerwear, and leisurely sportswear. Overall, the aesthetic is very clean and cohesive, presented in neutral palette and reserved patterns with ample usage of the brand’s trademark six-stripe design. We see hues of blue and gray in a variety of fabrics, such as French terry, cotton and mesh. The vibe is sporty and relaxed; the perception of models is that of effortless casualness, yet refined and, as always, distinctly suited for the gentleman.
The collection also showcased five styles of footwear designed by Grungy Gentleman in collaboration with Timberland, and twenty Grungy Gentleman/Mitchell&Ness hats. The models’ hair and makeup were styled by New York Institute of Beauty, and their catwalk preparation regimen included NIVEA Men Crème.