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TWO TRIBES

New York: Inspired by the kinds of uniforms worn by both a Wall Street titan and a naval officer, designer Anthony Keegan held his second runway show at the still-under construction Nomad Hotel. The uneven floor, exposed beams and peeling paint on the walls perfectly complemented the raw sensibility of the collection, and with military flashing flood lights at the beginning of the show, as well as playing Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s “Two Tribes” track, the message became quickly clear. As a riff on uniforms sported by officers and gentlemen, the mix of casual styling with tailored silhouettes was spot on. There were heavy fisherman’s sweaters paired with comfortable-looking slim jeans and knit hats. For those wintry stay-at-home evenings, models padded out in long johns and thick socks. One look, that featured a super 120s sport coat in a shadow plaid, had all sort of mixed messages — scholarly glasses and a tie bar were worn with a webbed military belt, officer’s flannel pants and spit-shined shoes. Maybe the worlds of white collars and decorated epaulets aren’t so different after all.

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