After attending 5 days worth of shows dominated by womenswear, scoping out some man-candy men's fashion at Ricardo Seco's Fall 2014 collection show sounded like a refreshing change of pace. Just two years after making his New York debut, the Mexican designer has made big impressions with his refined tailoring and sophisticated sense of style. In his latest collection entitled "Forever", Seco paid homage to the Kennedy era which he referred to as "a lifestyle trend that is relevant today and timeless".
"Relevant" is concept that Seco has mastered artfully. As I watched the show against the dramatic backdrop of the Angel Orensanz Foundation, I was struck by the designer's ability to take pieces that individually would come off as Ivy League and style them to carry a palpable street appeal, resulting in a Meatpacking-meets-Martha's Vineyard look. The predictable approach to menswear inspired by the Kennedy era would have been to revamp John F.'s wardrobe, but in a surprising twist Seco cited Jackie O. as his muse. He took cues from the fashion icon, using both her favorite colors and silhouettes to create "a masculine, urban chic style that her son John-John would have worn".
Designing a menswear collection inspired by a woman may sound strange but Seco makes it work. Not only were the looks masculine, they were surprisingly sexy (no, my objectivity was not compromised by the models). Wool coats and cashmere sweater in pastel shades of pink, lilac, and blue created a unique dichotomy between palette and season. Pairing them with skinny-cut pants and Bermuda shorts, Seco was able to recreate the A-line silhouette that the former First Lady had made so famous. The theme was brought full circle with the powerful graphic image printed on the sweaters: a profile of John-John's infamous stance, saluting to his father.
Seco's inspiration for his Fall 2014 may have a been a throwback but the accessories were all cutting edge. New Balance collaborated for the footwear and models carried backpacks and "communications gadgets and gizmos". Seco also collaborated with Greppo, a company specializing in recycled cashmere, on six of his pieces including a sweater, scarf, and leggings. The one element I could have done without was Seco's styling of scarves tied around the shoulders over jackets -- a noble effort at a new trend, but one that unfortunately detracted from an otherwise impressive collection.