New York Fashion Week: Timo Weiland Brightens Up Winter with a Splash of Color
Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week has become an iconic part of a city that prides itself on being a melting pot of influence and design. Enter Timo Weiland - born in Nebraska and raised between New York City and Jacksonville, Fla. Along with business partner Alan Eckstein, this new collaboration presented a take on men’s fashion that pays homage to their varied interests in European history, travel and the art of dressing dapper.
Weiland’s show last night offered a much-needed pop of color in a season of gloomy grays, browns and blacks. Isn’t it bad enough for those of us living in cold climates that we’re vitamin D-deficient for five months out of the year? At least brighten our wardrobes with something besides post-apocalyptic funeral attire.
The collection featured splashes of red in the form of a classic button down and zip-up cardigan. Cobalt pleated pants and an ottoman crewneck sweater highlighted shades of blue while a quilted moto jacket and bomber jacket with shearling collar in forest and navy brought additional texture and contrast to the collection.
Foregoing the traditional runway and riser combination, Weiland’s show was an immersive happening with models perched on array of multilevel platforms in the center of a black box. Attendees (per the explicit and rather frantic recommendation of entry staff) moved clockwise around the living exhibit while freshly scrubbed models stared gloomily into the distance. Eye candy for the viewer, I couldn’t help but wonder what might happen if any of them had to scratch his nose during the hourlong show.
I didn’t stick around long enough to find out. After 15 minutes of ogling, I departed into the cold winter night, looking forward to next season when I can perhaps wear a Timo Weiland garment and brighten up a gloomy winter’s day.