We first met Adrian Escoto when he showed as part of The Art Institutes show during their final showing at NYFW. In fact, Adrian opened the show for them & as his first look walked, we were instantly hooked! His inventive take on the “Urban” category was unlike any we’ve seen in the past & we don’t have to be the ones to tell you, the category has literally been explored in every way imaginable… we would argue the qualifier “ad nauseam” to the mix. However, Escoto’s was fresh, different, pleasing to the eye & took the category to a new level.
For Spring 2018, Escoto revived his collection once again in a showcase in his native neighborhood, Manhattan’s Lower East Side, to close out the frenzy known as (& loved/hated by us all, yet we are all addicted to like moths to a bright light) “NYFW”. The showcase was presented under the moniker of StylePointe & billed itself as an “exploration of the relationship between fashion & dance.” This is a theme that has been percolating of late in NYFW. See the BERENIK show from Spring 2018 & their show the Fall 2017 season was even more of a dance performance meets fashion that took place at Pier59 Studios to rave reviews.
In Escoto’s own words, “I am grateful to have had this opportunity to show my collection on a different platform for a whole new audience. Fashion & dance play a big part in our world & culture & I’m blessed & happy to be a part of the exploration of the two combined.”
Escoto’s take on the category succeeds, in our opinion, because it doesn’t use the fabric as every other designer in the category does. Denim, by nature, has dimension, as anyone who knows anything about fabric construction can tell you. Escoto takes the fabric as it is, not relying on the various post production processes that most denim designers use to create the end result. He accepts the fabric for what it immediately is, rich in color, full-bodied base cloth that lends itself to heavy tailoring. He then interprets the fabric into silhouettes that are strongly rooted in the active arena – leggings, hoodies, fitted jogging jackets – throws in a dose of workwear in the form of overalls, adds a bit of career wear… he combines fashion elements the way a home chef combines ingredients. Whether his formula be the result of intent or born out of economic necessity, it matters not. The results are unique to the core & ring as wholly authentic. Therein lies his main point of departure from every other designer in the genre… authenticity of design.
Honestly, one of the nicest designers we’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting, Adrian Escoto is best described as a quiet force who is waiting in the wings for his chance to take over the stage in a giant meaningful manner. We saw him out & about at a few other shows during the week prior to his showing & he tells us he has a new venture on the near horizon. We are ready to support it & so should you… you won’t be disappointed. It’s only a matter of time until we will be relegated to saying, “Oh yeah, Adrian Escoto… I remember him when he was sewing his own collections & calling us to personally invite us to his shows.” Trust us, if there is justice in this business, his future is a bright one!
-R. Scott French