gypsy sport’s spring/summer 16 tribe wore basketball nets and dresses
Less than an hour after Rio Uribe's Gypsy Sport presentation yesterday, the brand was announced as a finalist for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. And its spring/summer 16 collection was powerful proof that GS is one of New York's most boundary-breaking fashion forces. Because basketball net bucket hats, because baby pink sports jersey dresses, and because bejeweled crop tops embroidered with cowrie shells (all worn with CAT hiking shoes and tube socks).
Gypsy Sport was founded with a tribe mentality: the brand is run as a collective (led by Uribe) and has a satellite network of creative friends and collaborators. And yesterday's offering was a celebration of that diversity - of different nationalities, races, genders and influences. It was like someone took the mind-blowing chaos and eclecticism of the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal or a game at Madison Square Garden and made it into something beautiful.
The models were street cast as usual, by Uribe and casting director Anthony Conti, and had clearly been chosen for their ability to bring it. They took turns striking poses in the center of the room - pulling narrow Neo-esque sunglasses off their noses, playing with their baby-blue ruffled brim caps or showing off raffia-fringed lanyards dripping with crystals.
And the crowd proved that Gypsy Sport is giving the people what they want. Headwear has been Uribe's focus since day one, and the long line of people waiting to get into the space arrived on brand. There were Kufis and baseball caps, and one guy even wore a sombrero. It impeded the view but it demonstrated that Gypsy Sport now has a fanbase and it's hardcore.
Text Alice Newell-Hanson
Photography Kate Owen