After a five year hiatus, Sean John returned to the runway with an unexpected collection that is an homage to the following African-American fashion designers: Willi Smith, Patrick Kelly, Karl Kani, Byron Lars, Stephen Burrows, Patrick Robinson and Tracy Reese. Perhaps because of that, the collection, which featured only African-American models including Tyson Beckford to close the show, is all about a young prince/king in Harlem circa 2020. Naturally the front row was littered with celeb gliterrati including: Fabolous, Q-Tip, K-Fed, Ellen Pompeo, Helena Christenson, Wilmer Valderama, Spike Lee and Trey Songz
The luxe roaring 20’s style of Harlem can be found in the collection with fine tailoring and a slimmer silhouette. Cropped jackets (some with fur collars and even chinchilla sleeves) were paired with long shirts (some with pockets) and fitted trousers. Unexpected accessories like braided multi-colored scarves were spotted while a predominately muted palette dominates fall ’08.
Certainly not all loyal Sean John customers will welcome the obvious departure in focus, but Combs smartly made sure to keep the fine tailored suits and wool coats still in place for fall ’08…and this side of the collection buoys the stylish regality that Combs hoped to achieve…and is also known for.
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