Former Director of Operations for Thom Browne and Assistant Creative Director for Michael Bastian, Marlon Gobel is one of, if not the best of the emerging men’s fashion designers out there today. “If you’re going to make men’s clothes, make them meaningful. Take your time and make something beautiful for people to see,” states Gobel. His latest collection overshot both meaningful and beautiful, catapulting menswear into a stratosphere of opulence with lush well-crafted pieces that seemed to fuse Savile Row tailoring with Soho cool.
Taking his influence from men’s fraternal orders, Gobel’s FW11 collection finds its inspiration in the male camaraderie of 19th century – namely, male secret societies. Gobel felt that the notion of being a part of a ‘group’ of guys that support one another is something that has been lost on the young people of today. “You can be in a unicorn gang jacket or a two-piece suit, but it’s really about guys coming together in support,” he explained regarding his FW11 collection.
We were treated to so many great pieces at the Park Avenue Armory, that’s it’s impossible to narrow Gobel’s collection down to a few favourites. I found the rich colours and textures captivating and the fitted cuts flattering. Statement pieces such as the velveteen worn plaid three-piece suit with horn buttons and the unicorn gang jackets were signature must-haves. Versatility by way of a cashmere glen plaid blazers and trousers, cashmere shawl collar sweaters, plum and emerald corduroy trousers, and a show stopping snow canvas double-breasted peak lapel tuxedo with black corning glass buttons – top of the wish list. Of course everything looked that much more luxurious with an ornate pair of men’s Christian Louboutin’s.
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