Call me Canadian (I am), but I’m probably going to love any collection that starts with a hockey scrimmage. Last season it was Bike Polo. This year designer Luis Fernandez had his guys suited up for some shinney, decked out in his Number Lab apparel. When the skates came off and the music dropped, that’s when it was really game on.
Fernandez has produced a vivid and well-structured collection, a look that is unapologetically sporty and fun, but still clean and European. Models came down the runway in chipper blue knits, clean cut jersey and, at one point, a grey two-button jacket with bold blue trim, but they were also sporting hockey sticks, goggles, and skis. It was as if the Swedish Winter Olympic team had descended on the West Village. You had to stop and stare, and you pointed and laughed with your friends, but you also kind of wished your boyfriend had that sweater. And those pants. The success here is in Fernandez’s crystal-clear outlook. The designer knows what he wants for his customer and isn’t cowed by any trends or bywords. His looks work, and if you don’t want to take his word for it, there are five guys with skates and sticks who will be happy to show you.