Photos by Glenn Garner
This Wednesday, Ovadia & Sons debuted another vibrant line of spunky menswear at New York Fashion Week: Mens. The twin designers, Shimon and Ariel Ovadia showcased a blend of colorful sporty products and statement pieces with a nostalgic sophistication, drawing inspiration from their ’80s and ’90s Brooklyn upbringings. The runway at Skylight Clarkson Square was lined with wooden shipping pallets and stacked cardboard boxes wrapped in elastic to emphasize the gritty downtown aesthetic.
But as the fashion elite hopped from show to show, backstage was a different vibe. Amid the insanity of stylists and hair and makeup artists preparing models for the runway, the beautiful young men found quiet corners to get into the proper headspace. It’s an unusual zen during a week of show-hopping and stylish chaos. Catching up with old friends, listening to music, reading books, and smoking cigarettes, they let down their steely exteriors for a glimpse behind the brands and beyond the faces.