The contrast was striking as the guest crowd mingled with the icons of the past at the lavish 630 Fifth Avenue, marked by the renowned bronze Atlas statue. This iconic setting was chosen by designers Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta for their Eckhaus Latta Spring 2024 collection, marking a significant departure from their usual artistic and industrial aesthetics to embrace a more polished and refined approach. As the Eckhaus Latta brand evolves, it ventures into a realm characterized by sensual sophistication and an innovative reinterpretation of American sportswear, showcasing a captivating blend of creativity and commercial appeal that beckons for broader retail attention, perhaps even on the grandeur of Fifth Avenue.
Breaking away from the norm is something that comes naturally to Eckhaus and Latta, the creative minds behind the groundbreaking Eckhaus Latta brand. Their latest Spring 2024 collection is a testament to their innovative spirit, as they venture beyond their artistic origins into more sensual and sophisticated dimensions. The transition is marked by a deliberate choice of venue, one that embodies a sense of polish that the brand has not previously explored. “We are good with grit and industrial spaces but we haven’t ever shown in a place with this sense of polish,” Eckhaus shared. This conscious decision reflects the designers’ desire to infuse a sense of ease into their clothing while interpreting American sportswear through their unique lens.
In a display of craftsmanship, the designers utilized deadstock distressed brown leather, reminiscent of vintage flight jackets, to craft a collection of eye-catching pieces. These included a zip-front, seam-detailed sleeveless dress, a slouchy oversized jacket, and baggy pants. In a move towards sustainability, the duo collaborated with Unspun, a California-based start-up specializing in circularly woven fabrics, thereby eliminating waste. This partnership resulted in fascinating textures and tones on barrel-legged jeans, featuring details such as eyelash fringe, copper metallic tweed, and tree bark-like textures. “We put twine in there,” Latta explained, emphasizing the innovative techniques employed. The collection also included more traditional hues, like a zip-front denim maxi skirt and a gold-washed oversized jean jacket.
Transparency was another theme explored in the collection, with T-shirts, body-hugging dresses, and slinky knits adorned with bright strips of color. The designers also put a fresh spin on embroidered Western shirts and reinvented lace separates with cool squiggle seams, overlays, and aprons.
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