Fashion designer, art collector, venture capitalist, photographer, and all around Renaissance man Jean "Johnny" Pigozzi officially opens his flagship store LimoLand in the Meatpacking district next week, but we got a peak at the store and, more importantly, Pigozzi's first full menswear collection yesterday. Pigozzi is a colorful character--literally. It's evident in the decor of the store (carpeted in AstroTurf, dotted with overstuffed aqua-colored arm chairs) and the clothes themselves. Limoland's blue-faced mascot, Mr. Limo, is based on the work of late Tanzanian artist George Lilanga, and Pigozzi describes him has "the most elegant limo driver in the world," who is "a bit of a snob." He likes that Mr. Limo looks so different from a "'pretentious' polo player or a 'menacing' crocodile." Before he started his own line of basics in 2007, Pigozzi shopped in Harlem because it was the only place he could find his size (XXL or XXXL) in what he calls "fun colors." Harlem's vibrancy has certainly inspired his first full menswear collection.
While Fashion Week has drawn a lot of basketball players to its front rows this season, we've only come across one ice skater--and a very fashionable one at that. The incomparable Johnny Weir was front row at Timo Weiland's inaugural runway show last night (which was awesome, by the way, review and pics to come) and took some time to chat with us as we waited for the show to start. Johnny's gotten a lot of attention for his colorful and risk-taking style both on and off the ice. From an appearance on The Rachel Zoe Project, to a performance at last season's Elise Øverland show, to designing a range of dresses, Johnny is making his way through the fashion world with the same enthusiasm and energy he gives to his ice skating. See what he has to say about his attempts at color-blocking, his upcoming runway debut, and favorite designers, including Betsey Johnson, who is apparently making him a skating outfit. We can't wait to see it! What are you wearing? Birkin bag, Chopard jewelry and the rest is Timo. So, what do you like about Timo Weiland? I love them, especially for the men, they bring this amazing texture and pop of color for a guy and it’s really hard to do that and still make it masculine and edgy and interesting and Timo does, absolutely. What's your approach to getting dressed every day?
With the messy beauty look and mismatched jewelry to match.