Carlos Campos walked the thin line between mass commerciality and individualism for AW16.
Coffee was the name of the game at Carlo’s Campos Fall 2016 Runway show, and it started with the small bag of Celaque Mountain grown coffee on each guest seat when they arrived at the show. As the end of NYFW: Men’s draws near most will thank the Honduras-born designer for the much-needed caffeine, but the brewed drink had duel purposes, it set the tone for his coffee foreman inspired collection.
Cut to Perfection
It was a brilliant move not to stray from his design norm. Campos had acquired many accolades between the year 2009 and 2013 —including being the first Latino-American Menswear designer to be nominated as a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund designer— has probably secured him a solid following that likes, and, more importantly, buying Carlos Campos. Just like in previous collections he kept the trousers slim, grazing the models ankles to show off the Zeeva + Carlos Campos shoes. Velveteen and winter white wool slim fit trousers with matching single and double-breasted blazers had bomber jackets played over them. While the blazer-trouser pairing showed up on more than half of the looks, there were a few fun outerwear pieces like wool capes and trucker jackets. It’s no secret that Campos did attempt to push the menswear boundaries this season but in comparison to the last fall collection, he offered his customer more colour, more texture and most importantly, smart, fitted and well-cut clothing.
Words: Nigel Isaiah