One of the busiest presentations on day one of New York Fashion Week: Men’s was Christopher Lowman’s HARVARD PUNK’D.
HARVARD PUNK’D is the name of Christopher Lowman’s spring/summer 2018 collection. While the collection was geared toward the volatility of going to university – the pressure of financial constraints, mental health challenges and the ultimate prospect of becoming a dropout, Lowman’s models were as calm as could be, lounging around the Restaurant at Rose Hill, housed inside the HGU New York hotel in NoMad (north of Madison Square Park in Manhattan).
Navigating through the crowds to see Lowman’s latest offering, models casually draped themselves over a leather sofa – one immersed in a novel, while others leaned nonchalantly around the boutique restaurant that gave off an upscale, private library vibe, replete with a curated literary selection and designer art.
What was great about Christopher Lowman, was how close you could get. Visitors were so up-close-and-personal with the models that they became integrated into the faux university scene.
Wearability reigned. Slashed denim trousers and shorts were topped with collegiate cardigans and two-toned tartan shirts. A hand-painted denim jacket was a standout, emblazoned with word art: ‘KNOWLEDGE’, ‘FINANCIAL DEBT’ and ‘AGONY’ – a poignant mirroring of the trade-off between the perceived necessity of higher learning and the inevitable, long-term condition of being debt-ridden – the ultimate ‘punking’.
We enjoyed the irony of the money dangling from the models’ necks (courtesy of Currency NY) and the Citizen gold watches, contrasted with black-painted fingernail tips. Two of our favourite pieces included a white lambskin jacket with ‘HP’ in bright red down the front and racing stripes on one sleeve and a head-to-toe camouflage ensemble.
Sportier looks were paired with New Balance Athletics trainers, and the preppier ones featured an array of Angela Mitchell lace-ups and monk straps in leather and suede, illustrating that Lowman’s wares can be worn dressed up or down, depending on the occasion.
Christopher Lowman was born and raised in New York and started his career doing work experience at emerging luxury sportswear brand, Pyer Moss. With a mission to reinvent the ‘80’s rock star look via inventive pattern cutting and a reworked silhouette, Lowman launched his own label, which was fast-tracked into recognition on the backs of American celebrities and critical media acclaim.
Photography by Geremy Dubensky for Christopher Lowman