Here’s a brief look at Carlos Campos Spring/Summer 2018, presented at NYFWM at Skylight Clarkson Square.
There are sound arguments to be made in defense of clothing as an advanced form of architecture: this frank relationship might not be obvious but imagine it: a pocket as a window, a collar as an archway. Buttons like planters or columns, pants, of course, as skyscrapers. Carlos Campos didn’t read that deeply into the idea, but guests felt invited to do it on their own time, as Campos laid the foundation (yikes…).
Campos refers to Mexican architect Luis Barragan for the influence: minimal and colorful spaces of openness. For Campos, this translates to color blocking in ziggurat patterns in electric red and blue. It’s geometric and relatively still, the exceptions being the belted shorts and woven tees and a dark blue coat pinned at that top (referred to as a ‘rain cape’), revealing a Barragan-influenced tee-shirt underneath.
Campos has turned up the heat with suiting, introducing a three-button piece in a Barragan red as well as electric blue. There were also a number of delightful jumpsuits as well as a piece with the Jose Cuervo-typography “Campos” on a mason red sweatshirt. The rest of the collection was civil and in good taste, color blocking is obsessively modern and varied with extra-starchy shirts, a winning look forever.