New Yorker Lands in Paris (Tim Hamilton)

Paris…After honing in on his aesthetic in New York since 2007, Tim Hamilton has finally decided to take the show on the road to Paris to really get some global attention. His theme was quite literally a mirrored story of his own life, one in which a New Yorker is shot into space and lands in Paris, taking all that he’s known and evolving it to represent a modern global style. The result was a harder edged and more utilitarian look than any previous season, which really seems to coincide with Hamilton’s intended image. Coming from previous stints at J. Crew and Ralph Lauren, the designer as continually fought each season to unleash the true European leaning he has and leave behind all the “preppy, all-American” negativity of seasons past. The Paris showing certainly succeeded with sheer, active fabrics and a runway full of paradoxes like nylon hoods billowing out of classic traditional suiting and a belted trench that was literally falling off the shoulders. The “street sensitive” clothes were mostly black, white or grey, but a few injections of cobalt blue (a Hamilton re-occurrence for most seasons) helped the collection from seeming too redundant. The lean, shortened silhouettes looked like a good match with the contemporary, active fabrics.


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