At Men’s Fash­ion Week, a col­lec­tion out of this world

The Hamilton Spectator - - STYLE - MARK KENNEDY

NEW YORK — In­spi­ra­tion for one el­e­gant col­lec­tion at Men’s Fash­ion Week in New York came from heaven. Ac­tu­ally, fur­ther than that.

De­signer Nick Gra­ham sent his mod­els down a run­way Tues­day in shark­skin suits, metal­lic rain­wear and scarves adorned with tiny space­ships in a whim­si­cal bid to el­e­gantly dress any gen­tle­man who man­ages to get to Mars.

There were suits in hound­stooth, tat­ter­sall and green plaid, black turtle­necks, pais­ley scarves, polka-dot pocket squares, snug tuxe­dos and metal­lic neck­ties. There was a “Mar­tian rub­ber coat,” but it was un­clear how it might han­dle Mars’ 80-de­gree Fahren­heit av­er­age tem­per­a­ture.

One model car­ried a sil­ver brief­case. An­other had gog­gles. All had dis­creet blink­ing lights as bou­ton­nières.

Gra­ham, the Joe Boxer founder who launched his first epony­mous brand in 2014, called his mod­els “as­tro­nauts,” blasted David Bowie’s “Life On Mars” and in­tro­duced the crowd to two sci­ence stars — for­mer as­tro­naut Buzz Aldrin and the sci­en­tist, au­thor and TV per­son­al­ity Bill Nye.

Nye opened the show with an im­pas­sioned speech em­brac­ing space ex­plo­ration and tech­no­log­i­cal break­throughs.

“What keeps the United States in the game eco­nom­i­cally is our abil­ity to in­no­vate,” he said, against mas­sive pro­jec­tions of Mars to­pog­ra­phy.

Back­stage, he made the con­nec­tion be­tween fash­ion and sci­ence: “They’re both the ex­pres­sions of hu­man minds. What we love as hu­mans is art and sci­ence. We don’t have to pick — we com­bine them.”

Aldrin, the sec­ond man to walk on the moon, earned cheers from the sev­eral hun­dred who at­tended the show in a hulk­ing empty ware­house when he ap­peared to moon­walk down the cat­walk in a sil­ver bomber jacket and sneak­ers.

After­wards, he em­braced the pro-sci­ence bent of the fash­ion show.

“I have to tell the pres­i­dent that ex­plo­ration in­spires more than fixing pot­holes.”

As­tro­naut Buzz Aldrin walks the run­way at the Nick Gra­ham New York Fash­ion Week 2017 men’s show in New York City.

PHOTOS BY JP YIM, GETTY IM­AGES FOR NICK GRA­HAM

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