TV fashion design sensation Jeffrey Sebelia & LA based artist/film-maker Kirk Woodward Nelson have joined forces for a (predominantly) men’s collection under the moniker “a_i_r”. The collection - part street style, part hip-hop, part 80′s throwback – melds together into a somewhat difficult to define aesthetic that sits squarely in the here & now.
There are definite elements of pop-culture throughout the collection, with an emphasis on that of California in particular, however a few punk details like the bleach splashed sweatshirt root parts of the aesthetic in the Punk culture epitomized by 1970′s/80′s CBGB-OMFUG here in New York City. The result of these mixed coasts, mixed styles, mixed ears, is to give a_i_r a feel that would have put it just off center of the glory days of the New York Nightclub Era (Danceteria, Palladium, The World, & Area to be exact), but just this side of the avant-garde labels like Comme des Garçons & Matsuda, some of which are still with us today. Throw into the mix a bit of skateboard boy chic & the overall look of the collection is being to take shape.
This is a collection that is best worn in pieces, lest the wearer ends up looking like an a_i_r billboard ad, but there is plenty to embrace that would fit seamlessly into a wardrobe & provide a chic seasonal update in the process. I’m longing for the Mustard t-shirt with the trophy head of a moose proclaiming “I still miss David Bowie” as well as the bleach splattered Charcoal Gray l/s t-shirt proclaiming “Wild World Ski Resort” to be “California’s Powder Heaven”. There are plenty of other gems to be found, as well as a slew of more subtle pieces for those looking for less of a graphic display of a_i_r-fection.
Jeffrey Sebelia has been on our radar since he won Season 3 of Project Runway with a collection which played heavily on inventive mixing of stripes in silhouettes that seemed just “off” enough to be something not seen before. Kirk Woodward Nelson, while being new to our knowledge, has a decorated career in fine art. Since graduating from Loyola Marymount University, & earning his masters degree from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, he’s show at Perpetual art Machine in Miami, Scope Art Fair in London, LA ART in New York, and the Hayworth Gallery in Los Angeles. If their effort for Fall 2018 is any indication of what can be achieved when they work together, we hope they stick together for seasons to come!
-R. Scott French
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a_i_r Publicity Contact: Seventh House PR