THE ART HOUSE
Enter the beautiful mind of Fashion Designer Marc Ecko, 32. From graffiti to video games, '80s teen cult classics to hip hop, everything modem, counter-culturally significant, and boldly designed has influenced and inspired Marc Ecko. With the launch of his new men's tailored collection, Marc Ecko "Cut & Sew," he takes on the challenge of dressing the new American man.
"My grandfather was a tailor, so I've always dreamed of designing clothes. But it wasn't until a couple of years ago when my back went out for the first time that I realized I was growing up," Marc explains. "I wanted to dress differently. I wanted beautiful woven shirts, blazers, and sweaters but I didn't want to dress like my dad. So I decided that the only way I could find clothing that was appropriate for my lifestyle and spoke to my cultural influences was to create a tailored men's collection."
For Marc Ecko's "Cut & Sew" Fall 2005 Collection, there were four distinct categories: preppy, denim, military, and pink. His formula is a mix of neo-traditional dressing, skater punk, non-conformist, downtown chic, and lots of New Jersey savoir faire (that's a little attitude, a lot of Sopranos, and a drop of 7-Eleven). Marc Ecko has created installations featuring "virtual editorial" vignettes to define what his brand means visually and to illustrate his vision of the new American style.
1. UNTRUE TO YOUR SCHOOL: Guess who got called into the Dean's office? The young men who would not wear their uniforms. Talk about A.D.D. Today's offenders dismissed their usual khakis, navy blazers, and button-downs for a trip through a Technicolor plasma screen. Tweed jackets get a hit of acid green. A Kelly green crew neck sweater is boldly detailed with pink skull and needles. A zip-front hooded sweater gets classic with a neo-traditional argyle pattern. And fair-isle gets funky. NOTE TO STYLISH STUDENTS: Break all the rules!
2. AFTER SCHOOL JEAN POOL: Keep your balls on the table. What's in your jean pocket? A wallet, keys, a condom, a Sharpie, an i-Pod, and cell phone. Fresh dressed like a million bucks, these hipsters wear jeans all day, every day. Real men wear denim with everything: from track jackets to tweed trench coats; pinstriped pieced blazers to cozy colorful sweaters. Dress it up or dress it down. DIRECTIONS: Eight ball, comer pocket.
3. HOLD-UP: Put your hands in the air! And raise them like you just don't care! In today's cutthroat business world, the creative executive is the real power broker. From Madison Avenue to Hollywood, Williamsburg to Sundance, the art of the deal is more about image, marketing, and strategic partnerships. This squad is ready for action. Teamwork and per-sonal style are the mantra. The assassin wears glen plaid. The banker's shirt gets bold and "bully." The accountant can trick the combination on any safe in less than three minutes. REMEMBER: Always carry your wallet in your front pocket.
4. THE PINK PANTHER: Think pink! It's a new day and age. For the record, real men wear pink. Taking cues from rock 'n' roll, British Rude Boys, and The Velvet Underground, classically tailored suits, waist coats, toggle coats, and pea coats get tuned-up and amplified. These inspired pieces are for the man who is confident, tough, and not afraid to wear his flavor on his sleeve. Peter Sellers' offbeat, private dick, The Pink Panther, knew what time it was. WARNING: Pink Cadillac not included.
Marc Ecko is the Founder and CEO of Marc Ecko Enterprises which consists of Marc Ecko "Cut & Sew", *ecko unltd., Eckored, Zoo York, G-Unit Clothing Company, Fetish, Avirex Sportswear, Complex Magazine, and "Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure" (a video game published by Atari).