Backstage at the Oumlil 2010 Show

I spent the first day of fashion week backstage at the Oumlil show. As the in-house stylist for this sartorial menswear label, it’s my job every fashion week to collaborate with the designer, Hisham Oumlil, on putting together a stellar collection. That means putting together the looks, working on the hair and grooming concept, working with the dj on the music selection and my favorite, casting the models. In other words, a lot of work for a 15 minute fashion show.

Oumlil is a classically trained Savile Row tailor and a former bespoke craftsman for Loro Piana and Hermes. Needless to say, these clothes fit like a glove. But there’s just the right amount of forward thinking involved to make them directional and modern, a fresh approach to menswear. This season, the collection had a futuristic, minimalist feel. The palette was dark- black, navy and grey. I made sure the guys looked as though they’d just stepped off the set of Bladerunner (check out the shielded eyewear on model Michael Whittaker in the photo above). Show theatrics aside, these are clothes lots of guys will want to wear. Check out the website here. I’m off to my first day of show hopping and will report back soon.

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