New York Fashion Week Spring 2014
On Monday, September 9, 2013, Day 5 of New York Fashion Week, designers Ariel and Shimon Ovadia debuted their Spring/Summer 2014 collection at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in New York City. In their first ever NYFW presentation, the two brothers offered a versatile menswear collection that ranged from leather jackets to pinstriped suits.
In a pre-show backstage interview with SJ Chronicle’s Kylie Peterson, designer Shimon Ovadia described his collection as “how guys dress every day in real life.” Their 2014 collection was certainly a testament to the fashionable, everyday man, whether he prefers casual separates such as tailored shirting with chinos and sneakers or sharp-silhouetted, slim-fitting suits.
The Ovadia brothers nodded to their brand’s roots in active wear and sportswear with pops of aquatic greens and blues and unique fabrics and materials. The coastal style of pieces such as canvas boat shoes in a variety of neutral colors also paid homage to the designers’ origins. Their color and fabric choices suggest that we’ll see not only a monochrome color palette but also various hues of blue and green walking off the runway and onto the streets next spring and summer.
When asked what influenced this collection, Shimon responded simply: “It always starts off with clothing that we want to wear.” Ovadia & Sons strives to provide men of all types with everyday pieces as well as formal wear that men can see themselves actually wearing. Various models wore round-framed sunglasses as well as colored sweatshirts tied around their waists that served as pops of color to break up the monochrome color scheme of the outfits.
Models were men of all ages from various ethnic backgrounds, who were styled along the continuum from clean-cut to scruffy. Their diversity assured that just about any man could envision himself wearing pieces from this collection. Shimon commented, “These [types of men] are the guys that wear our clothing in real life.”
This collection’s success in appealing to a range of “everyday guys” suggests that we will indeed see many men in Ovadia & Sons this coming spring and summer. To learn more, visit http://www.ovadiaandsons.com.
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