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.