After dealing with less than organized front of house teams to get into the Grungy Gentleman show for Spring 2019, our hopes were that in the very least, the hassle was worth the effort. Upon finally finding our positions in the audience, the show began… A Stone & Wedgewood Blue hoodie with coordinating track pants emerged jazzed up by a swooping series of stripes from the right shoulder, across the chest & down the left sleeve (stripes not matching across the seam, we must point out… perhaps this ensemble is more grunge & less gentleman?) … not bad, but hardly show stopping.
Next, came a Navy & Wedgewood Blue two tone crewneck sweatshirt that I would have bet, was on the focus table at a J. Crew near you last month, in fact, as I’m sitting & writing this, I’m wearing a solid version of it now, as my two tone Oatmeal Heather version is in the laundry. On the bottom, a pair of Stone track pants with a striped detail near the hem. Hmmm…
Follow this up with ensemble #3, a Royal Blue bomber jacket with Stripe detailing on each sleeve at the forearm, paired with… shockingly… an Oatmeal track pant with, you guessed it, striped detailing at the hem. Seriously???
The next 20 or so ensembles were nothing more than a rehash of the same idea. Not a single difference, save for a color change from the Royal Blue, Wedgewood Blue & Stone, to a shocking Gray, Black &… get ready… Stone. I know, you could never have seen that one coming.
I really hate to get ugly here, as there was nothing bad about each of these pieces shown. In fact, some of them were quite attractive & ultimately, incredibly wearable. It’s just that fashion like this doesn’t belong on the runways. It belongs on a website, or in the boutique in an Equinox Gym near you. A single idea does not a runway show make.
This collection has an incredible name. Who wouldn’t take a 2nd look at a label called “Grungy Gentleman”. There is so much that can be done in support of the moniker alone. The fabrications looked good, for a group, not a collection. The stripe detailing… again for a group not a collection. There’s something here for certain, it just needs to be more completely developed & the show itself needs to be better produced, cast & organized. We’d love to see this collection get the legs it deserves & this designer get the show he deserves. Call us… we’ll point you into the right hands…
Designer Website: www.grungygentleman.com
Photos by Elvia Gobbo.