Tim Hamilton may show his eponymous collection in Paris, but he maintains a New York presence with diffusion line Redux, sporty menswear that combines elements from the designer’s all-American archives with an emphatic nod to streetwear.
While Redux’s Fall 2009 debut was just 15 pieces, this sophomore effort–which debuted last night at Milk Studios–runs the gamut from outerwear to elongated knits to denim. Electric blues, blacks and browns–all Hamilton standards–dominated.
Clearly the designer’s adventures in Europe have influenced his sensibilities. The carrot-top pants we saw at Etro, Dolce and Dries Van Noten in January popped up here as well. So did cotton trousers with a drop-crotch, slouchy thigh and tapered leg. Active-wear influences abound in jersey and nylon, echoing Gaultier and Marc Jacob’s casual male for Louis Vuitton. (Rejoice, my sedentary friends: AW ’10 is all about sweatpants.)
Redux is sourced and produced in Japan, a move that complements Iowa native Hamilton’s embrace of the international club kid. (It may also have accounted for the ridiculously oversize Noguchi-inspired light sphere in the center of the room.)
As we surveyed the scene–models in tar-dipped Doc Martens sipped Brooklyn Lager and rocked out to Gang Gang Dance–we sensed Hamilton’s desired to connect this lower-priced line of revamped classics with a whole new audience.