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Designer: Maiden Noir

Location: New York, NY

Season: Spring/Summer 2018

Key Pieces: Vertical stripe lounge shirts add a resort attitude for the season, and look especially great with dusty pink tees and shorts. Cropped pleated pants channel an elevated workwear approach, and Maiden Noir’s military inspirations are-re-filtered with a hippie message, like a cotton/nylon trench coat that gives camo an artistic makeover, or long sheer fishtail parkas made from sheer parachute fabric, rendered in neon hues like orange.

Editor’s Notes: Designer Nin Truong showed his latest Maiden Noir collection at New York Men’s Day. The Seattle, Washington-based brand looked to artist David Hockney for inspiration—specifically, the artist’s early years in the U.S. and his interpretations of California.

“It was looking at the years David Hockney first moved to the United States and started doing his pool paintings,” says Truong, who also is the design director at Stüssy. “There’s one side of it which is David Hockney’s vision,” he continues, referring to the vertical-striped lounge shirts and other summer-friendly staples.

But on the other side of the equation is a slight counter-cultural, anti-war message. Truong interprets that through tie-dyed garments in drab military colors. Some of the garments, like a trench coat, need to be dyed three times to attain the fluid camouflage motif that looks like a work of art in itself. The fact that the pieces are especially appropriate given the current political climate is a plus.

For more New York Fashion Week: Men’s coverage, check out the latest collection from Bristol Los Angeles.

  • Photography: Bryan Luna
Words by Jian DeLeon
Editorial Director

Jian DeLeon is the Editorial Director at Highsnobiety. He is based in New York.

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