NY FASHION WEEK: TIM HAMILTON
After a season spent in Paris and another on hiatus, the menswear-cum-women’s wear designer Tim Hamilton returned to New York for his collection that was presented Thursday in a large wood-paneled room at the Standard Hotel. Forty models were presented on rotation, perhaps a dozen at a time, in front of a huge wave of onlookers that was on the brink of breaking onto the narrow runway at all times. Hamilton’s designs are often noted for their marriage of abstract tailoring and precise craftsmanship, and this collection developed the concept further with the help of an important visual reference: the paintings of artist Ross Bleckner. Bleckner’s blurred and colorful imagery of repeated motifs provided an ideal print for Hamilton’s collection, and appeared both subtly (via a printed turtle-neck peeking out from beneath a rubberized vinyl trench coat) and quite noticeably (in a floor-length printed dress with capped sleeves) on the models. — – Text by Eugenie Dalland.