gypsy sport recruits flappers and the nba for spring/summer 17
The energetic NYC brand’s genderless vision of global youth includes Roaring Twenties NBA players and soccer-playing saloon boys.
Gypsy Sport's Rio Uribe forwent the presentation route this men's season in favor of an explosive runway show. The NYC brand has been championing inclusivity since long before mixed-gender catwalks and model diversity were post-fashion week think piece topics, and Uribe's vision still feels radical in the most fun way. Instagram, Grindr, and street-cast superbabes were taking selfies as they skipped down the astroturf catwalk to Kanye, Kendrick, and Gucci Mane's first post-prison single "First Day Out Tha Feds." Glitchy cartoon video art danced on pillars and a giant screen. And the clothes proved that gender-neutral fashion doesn't have to be… well, neutral.
There was a very literal focus on the sport component this season, with mesh basketball jerseys and GS logo track jackets given brilliantly weird DIY jobs. Many of them were hemmed with 1920s flapper-style tassels, and others chopped into nipple-exposing one-shoulder dresses complete with billowing pleated chiffon skirts. The most inventive craft job was probably a hooded track jacket tied to a nylon strap and worn as a surprisingly functional cross-body handbag. Then there were the soccer saloon boys in fitted V-neck tees, cowboy hats, and full-on tiered lace skirts in patriotic red, white, and blue. Uribe's career was kickstarted via remixed headwear — specifically, a Yankees visor stuck onto a Kufi cap — and this time he offered up lace-trimmed bucket hats and fringed flapper turbans. Everything was rendered in vivid primary colors, including the models' matching wigs.
"The two first letters in Gypsy Sport are for 'Global Youth,'" Uribe recently told us while imagining what his progressive tribe might look like in the streets and subways of Paris. This time the Los Angeles and Mexico-raised designer showcased a heavy dose of transcontinental spirit in prints featuring a world map and a collection of Japanese anime characters. It's not hard to see why this global tribe keeps expanding.
Text Hannah Ongley
Photos Creigh Lyndon