David Hart was another fabulous designer presentation that took part of Agentry PR & Cadillac’s NY Menswear Day. Hart’s third showing during NYFW was this Autumn/Winter 2014/2015 collection presentation. The inspiration for the collection was the classic television series “The Twilight Zone” by Rod Serling, with the goal being to reflect an age where television was making its way into every home in America as the newest medium for disseminating information.
Now I never watched the Twilight series so I can’t speak to that specifically, but I could certainly see a nod & throwback to classic TV and the wardrobe of that era with these suits. Suits with a full-on modern vibe go unbuttoned or no tie, but David Hart’s pieces are back to the complete look — 3-piece suits, cardigans, the tie, fully buttoned, scarfs, just attention to the details. I think this collection consistently sticks to Hart’s aesthetic in lending a a modern eye with a nostalgic twist.
Static textures run throughout the collection with the color palette inspired by contemporary photographer, Alex Prager, who is able to capture moods of tension, suspense, isolation and sadness in flat colorful imagery – creating a modern day version of film noir. The textures & colors of this collection really interplay quite beautifully, with softer moments in greys, tweeds, & charcoals to brighter moments of burgundies, shades of blue, & shades of green.
There is a lot of versatility & style to this collection. The looks could grace a variety of venues and would work for a wide variety of men. There are full on amped looks with tuxes, but there are also some more casual looks. There is even the ability to do so many mix & match set-ups since most of the looks encompass so many separates.
David Hart is all about tailoring and since being with his own line, he has attracted some major celeb clientele, such as Andy Samberg and Daniele Radcliffe. Pieces of Hart’s previous collections can be found at top-tier retailers such as Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and directly at www.davidhartnyc.com.
There are so many looks, but here are just a few faves…
Sportcoat in gray Harris Tweed, Cardigan in Merino wool, cotton dress shirt, wool flannel trousers, & silk shantung tie
Sportscoat in red Donegal tweed, turtleneck in red Merino wool, & trousers in charcoal Gaberdine wool.
Tuxedo in black Mohair, cotton tuxedo shirt, English silk braces, & English silk bowtie
Tweed sportscoat, navy blue turtleneck, & grey trousers
Light blue printed turtleneck sweater & plaid trousers
Sportscoat in moss green Donegal tweed, chocolate wool flannel trousers, cotton dress shirt, raw English silk tie, & mustard Lambswool scarf
Electric Blue wool hopsack suit, cotton dress shirt, & raw silk tie
3-piece suit in bronze mohair, cotton dress shirt & raw silk tie
Emerald wool hopsack suit, cotton dress shirt, & raw silk tie
Irish Fisherman’s cardigan in chocolate Donegal wool yarn, Merino wool cardigan, bronze Mohair trousers, cotton dress shirt, & Irish cableknit scarf in grey Donegal wool
Irish Fisherman’s sweater in moss green Donegal wool yarn, gold Mohair trousers, & cotton dress shirt
- Location: Industria Studios
- Casting, Styling, & Production: Jahn Hall
- Hair: Oribe, lead by Kien Hoang
- Grooming: Hair Room Service & EVOLUTIONMAN
- Music: Keller Quartett
- Lighting: Aion
- PR: J.R. Johnson
- Cufflinks: Rotenier
- Leather Accessories: Kika NY
- Eyewear: Moscot
- Footwear: Walk-Over
- Hats: Rod Keenan
- Models & Agents: Re-Quest Model Management, NY Model Management, Fusion Models, Q Models, 1.One Models, Red Model Management, DNA Models, & Ford Models
Just to add, here is a bit of background on David Hart. At seventeen, he received the Fashion Group International Scholarship Award and moved to New York City to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology. In 2004, he received his BFA in fashion design, with a specialization in evening wear and tailoring. Over the next seven years, while designing for Anna Sui, Tommy Hilfiger, and Ralph Lauren, Hart refined his skills. In 2009, Hart launched his independent neckwear line, David Hart & Co. He then debuted his first full ready-to-wear collection of menswear in 2013 under the label David Hart.