Photos by David Vassalli
Though we’ve been openly skeptical about this flashy, Amazon-sponsored Men’s Fashion Week, Gypsy Sport made us completely forget about every timelessly traditional suit (Todd Snyder) and perfectly boring, sculpted model (Asaf Ganot) that came into view throughout the past few days.
To put things plainly, the rising NY-based brand’s cruise collection was really, really fucking important, paving the lane for a genderless future when unisex fashion will become so everyday, we’ll stop acknowledging its novelty altogether.
Given the coveted, well-deserved CFDA stamp, Gypsy Sport was easily the youngest brand to show at Skylight Clarkson Square, which housed major names like Public School, Richard Chai and John Elliott + Co. Scheduled immediately after Nautica’s straightforward swimwear presentation (yawn x100), there was a dramatic shift in the venue’s existing energy, as a swarm of fresh, excited tastemakers filled the space to see Gypsy Sport’s major moment. With an obvious divide between the glossy, OG editors and poor, scrappy Millennials, we could happily envision a progressive future when New York’s fashion industry begins centering more on craft and less on commerce.
The collection itself was signature Gypsy Sport—a proud declaration of founder Rio Uribe’s focused aesthetic, featuring jewelry made in collaboration with Chris Habana. sleeveless, athletic mesh jerseys were lined with puka shells at the hem and the brand’s “haturns” logo—two baseball caps spinning like Saturn—across the chest; wide-legged patchwork pants looked wonderfully comfortable, like loungewear worn after a pickup game of basketball on some deserted island.
This fusion of bohemian counterculture and urban sportswear permeated Gypsy Sport’s entire lineup, fashioned in storybook colors like baby blue, soft pink and beige. Classic separates were thoughtfully updated, from British-style boxing shorts to boxy crop tops and safari-style cargo vests to floor-length day dresses. Headwear also provided an additional layer of eccentricity, from backwards riding caps to frilly bucket and straw cowboy hats.
An outspoken lover of “adversity and diversity,” Uribe’s radical tribe gave New York fashion a loud, dynamic voice that’s been horribly mundane and muddled all week. Three cheers for Gypsy Sport, the indisputable winner of Men’s Fashion Week.