What could be more fun than skater-turned-models launching down two half-pipes in Skylight Clarkson Sq? DJ and designer Steve Aoki brought the skate park to the runway at his Men’s New York Fashion Week debut show.
The skater’s wardrobe has been a primary point of reference for a multitude of brands, but Aoki’s Dim Mak Collection, part of his Dim Mak record label felt authentic. Sagging pants no more! In Aoki’s collection, double belting and large silver buckles ensure the pants stay where they belong.
It is all about streetwear inspired T-shirts, denim jackets and branded hoodies. The color scheme ranges from pastel knits to army-green camouflage to black basics and dark muted buffalo plaids. Even more tailored pieces like an extra long khaki trench coat with a bullet-wounded man on the back (by artist David Choe) worn open to flow cape-like, fit in effortlessly.
This edgy presentation proved the collection holds up to a skater’s standards. The skaters looked quite comfortable as they shot down the moon-shaped half-pipes to the music of Mangchi, a self described “hammer’ band, performing behind them.
This marked the first time Aoki has shown at New York Fashion Week, though he’s already curated four collections for his label. Aoki’s presentation was more of a bold declaration than just a flashy idea. It is clear Aoki concentrated on distinguishing his line from what is already in the U.S. market and I believe he succeeded.