About the Artistix Men’s Fashion Week presentation … there will be many, many shows and presentations this week that might feature better production value or have tons of celebrity guests, but it’s doubtful any of them will be more fun than this.
Artistix is the baby of artist Greg Polisseni, and frankly, it seems like the man was born to rock, looking more stadium ready than staid fashion designer. The soundtrack was mostly 80’s metal and power pop, from Pat Benatar to Guns & Roses, and the models (mostly) went wild. In the downstairs area, there was even break dancing, which pretty much says it all. As for Polisseni, he had no f*cks to give, gamely dancing with the models, flexing for the camera, and taking of his shirt to slip into one of the Artistix vests.
The big news here is the beauty-and-the-beast partnership between Artistix and their new Fashion Director Andy Hilfiger. After 35 years in the fashion business with Tommy Hilfiger and his own ventures, he should bring this brand more of the attention it deserves. But it’s still Polisseni’s signature artwork that provides the aesthetic for the clothes; this time around inspired by his “Equality” series of abstracts, mostly monochromatic, that was the signature for everything he showed. There was underwear, overalls and sports coats for what the press info describes as “worker chic,” but mostly this is more appropriate for club wear or street wear. By the time Twisted Sister’s “I Wanna Rock” came on, everything was already so over the top, and the straps on the overalls were falling down. Let’s give it up for Artistix and the vision of Greg Polisseni, and hope he keeps rocking it.