gypsy sport brings upscale rave kids and chinese slippers to spring/summer 17

For his energetic Sunday afternoon show, Rio Uribe debuted an exquisitely eclectic collection to a front row squad that included Tinashe, Dej Loaf, and Whoopi Goldberg.

by Hannah Ongley
12 September 2016, 10:10pm

For his men's week show in July, designer Rio Uribe introduced his fearless, genderless, rave kids of the future to another fashionable coterie: 1920s flappers. That weirdly perfect fusion manifested itself in spaghetti strap dresses and fringed turban hats, and was expanded upon yesterday for what was definitely the most energetic Sunday afternoon of New York Fashion Week in recent history.

Uribe staged his show in Samsung's 837 event space, and used every high-tech tool in the digital playground's three floors. Instead of a regular soundtrack, the designer recruited a DJ duo to give a hilarious running commentary of every look that came down the runway. Observations like "She looks like an upscale rave kid," "I want to wear all these unconventional power looks to a corporate business meeting," and "Look at all this diversity!" were a very welcome alternative to paper shownotes. Just in case that wasn't quite galvanizing enough, the brand recruited all-girl, spandex-clad dance crew Models Inc. to open the show with an ass-kicking performance of Beyoncé songs.

Uribe's unconventional flapper kids marched out in fringed football jerseys, tank tops hemmed with billowing pleated trains, and gender-blending pajama combos of lacy floral nightgowns layered with pinstripe shirts. The designer also experimented for the first time with plaid. It showed up most memorably on a boxy, embellished tweed jacket worn with exposed silk boxer shorts, a long lace skirt, and jeans cinched with a rainbow skater belt — the look Uribe's commenters deemed fitting for an upscale rave. The 90s also got a nod from the footwear. Bar a few models in worn-in sneakers, each look was paired with mesh Chinese slippers. Unlike the heavily embellished and very expensive white versions Balenciaga created for spring/summer 16, these looked like the real $2.99 Chinatown deal. More expensive accessories came courtesy of an ongoing jewelry collaboration with Chris Habana.

Gypsy Sport's casting is always stellar, and yesterday's show was no exception. Joining the Beyoncé dancers on the runway were Uribe's IRL friends Slick Woods, Seashell Coker, and Torraine Futurum, the breakout transgender model/artist who was recently shot by Petra Collins for i-D's Female Gaze issue. Sunday afternoon on the fourth day of New York Fashion Week has never been so energizing.

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Text Hannah Ongley
Photography Ziqian Wang

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