Carlos Campos & His Modern Cowboy

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Carlos and Models

So for Agentry PR & Cadillac’s NY Menswear Day, this is # 2 of 7, Carlos Campos & his Fall 2014 presentation. This collection is inspired by “the rugged romanticism of the Gaucho, reinterpreted for the modern world.” The inspiration is all about the vast Pampas of South America. In this region, generations of strong, honest, & silent men on horses tamed their lands. They were immortalized in Guiraldes poems and are now part of the story told thru this collection.

Campos says, “This season, I set out to imagine the cowboy of tomorrow: a modern take on the masculine icon of the Gaucho, influenced by the wonders of future fantasy, the colors of deep space, and the precision of uniform dress.” These elements and concepts can certainly be seen throughout this collection, from the cuts of the blazers to the imaginative prints.

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The vivid geometric prints, which are utilized on ultra-soft synthetic textiles, are certainly eye-catching. But one can’t overlook the immaculate outerwear in this collection – the poncho-inspired sweatshirts, wool trenches, & leathers — and they take shape with innovative lines & spacious silhouettes. The collection is about creating a modern take and updating a classic South American style, creating a modern cowboy, and Campos’ mission is accomplished!

Carlos Campos Cover shot

Campos is known for his subtle design cues & tailoring and this season his top-notch skills are no different! His talented eye for the fall can be seen in his streamlined color palette of navy and white, and the feature of unique prints, inspired by the Gaucho’s trusty horse, artfully placed on wovens and shirting. Campos adds, “Through the interplay of lines, colors, and construction I want to communicate a rugged and modern look for the Gaucho riding on the Pampa of tomorrow.”

I always look for versatility in a collection, an ability to mix & match and for that, you need lots of separates. Carlos had done a phenomenal job with that and you can see that so many of these pieces would work well with a wide variety of other pieces within the collection.

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There are many great looks, but just for some individualized focus, here are a few of my faves!:

Carlos Campos Look 15

White paper-touch cotton button-up, white Neoprene crewneck sweatshirt with triangle print, and navy slim silhouette Pima cotton jeans.

Carlos Campols FW14 Look 14

Navy triangle print paper-touch cotton button-up, navy tailored wool blazer, & navy slim silhouette wool trousers

Carlos Campos FW14 Look 3

White paper-touch cotton button-up with original horse print, navy virgin wool tuxedo jacket with sateen lapels, and navy slim silhouette virgin wool trousers.

Carlos Campls FW14 Look 18

White paper-touch cotton button-up, white Neoprene crewneck sweatshirt with CAMPOS logo, and navy slim silhouette Pima cotton jeans.

Carlos Campos FW14 Look 11

White paper-touch cotton button-up, white Neoprene crewneck sweatshirt with original horse print, and navy slim silhouette Pima cotton jeans.

Carlos Campos FW14 Look 19

White paper-touch cotton button-up, white Neoprene crewneck sweatshirt with original horse print, navy mid-length wool overcoat, & white triangle print Neoprene pants

Carlos Campos FW14 Look 8

Navy paper-touch cotton button-up, black double-breasted zip-up leather jacket, and navy casual pants.

Carlos Campos FW14 Look 4

White paper-touch cotton button-up, navy double-breasted scuba coat, and navy slim silhouette wool trousers.

Carlos Campos FW14 Look 7

White paper-touch cotton button-up, navy triangle print paper-touch cotton windbreaker with asymmetrical front closure, and navy casual pants.

SHOUT-OUTS

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Just a bit of background on Carlos Campos — he is Honduran born, a NY-based designer. He was The Fashion Group International’s Rising Star for Menswear in 2009, a finalist for the 2011 Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund Award, & the 2013 Vanidades Icon of Style for Menswear.

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