NYFWM: Nick Graham F/W 2018 Gives Us “Metropolitan”; Singing at McKittrick Hotel

Nick Graham FW 2018 at McKittrick Hotel
Nick Graham FW 2018 at McKittrick Hotel

Nick Graham serves us vocals at his high-concept fashion show and album teaser party. It was part of the Fashion Week activities in NYC.

Nick Graham fans stay up late for a rare performance by the founder of Joe Boxer last week. Tucked away at the McKittrick Hotel in Chelsea, the famed menswear designer hosted a live performance at his latest show. The celebration, called “Metropolitan”, was one of his most ambitious shows yet- stunning in light of his bringing Bill Nye and Buzz Aldrin to past shows. None the less, guests join Graham for a show that was more performance than clothing. Nick is a fine singer but we were unable to get a great look at the clothing. We felt we were along for the ride and being told to enjoy rather than finding the satisfaction ourselves (particularly important for a designer like Graham, where details matter.) As lead singer, Graham sang five self-penned songs from his upcoming album “Soundtracks From Films Never Made.” The band and staff were dressed in pieces from Graham’s fall collection, Metropolis. “It feels more dressed up,” he said. The brand’s new graphic underwear and hosiery were also on display. It was no studio 54, it was hard to pin an era on this collection. But exploded windowpane designs and graphic application felt thoroughly contemporary. It wasn’t quite rat pack either, despite the occasional hat or scarf or oversized car coat. It was a tamer show than usual, more centered on the sensual seriousness of the music. The clothes were tailored well, but didn’t step into the adventurous territory we’re used to seeing from Graham. Perhaps it simply manifested differently this time.

Nick Graham established his eponymous menswear brand in 2014. The company produces menswear for what Graham call the “Perennial Millennial” defined by Graham as men who do not represent a particular age or income level, but rather are looking for updated alternatives to the traditional menswear offering.

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