It was not long ago that I was in New York immersing myself in the fashion industry and getting to know the ropes. While I was there I couldn’t help but socialise with the younger fashion crowd and so I went and partied at some fashion week after-parties; networked, schmoozed – that kind of thing. It was in New York that I met up with an upcoming star of American fashion who heralds that sexy is back for good, bigger and better than ever. In an Australian first exclusive, readers, let me introduce to you … Ryan Jordan.
Perhaps the fact that he has been interning for the house of Tom Ford contributes to why he decided to take his final collection for Parsons “in a more risque direction”. But it isn’t just the Tom Ford-for-Gucci sex appeal that has influenced this young fashion star’s design. With internships at some of New York’s most “it” fashion houses: Alexander Wang, Prabal Gurung and Yigal Azrouel as well as having worked for Alexander McQueen it is no wonder his budding career looks promising. “I have been blessed to be given the opportunity to be near these amazing creative minds. I have learned so much about the function of a business and getting a good professional perspective at these internships”.
Not a native of Manhattan and originally a San Franciscan I asked Jordan if the big move from West to East impacted on his design and how he placed himself in a fashion perspective. “Living here in Manhattan for the past four years has trained me to think and act fast. The process of my designs is to act on instinct and if I love it (his designs) right away I just run with it and execute. I have to trust in myself that my taste and love for what I do will take me to the right places”. It is his execution in his collection entitled ‘Sexual Sensory’ SS12 that draws the consumer in. Jackets made of silk crepe, black python embossed leather and trimmed with black horse hair…exquisite, no? Not to mention the wide leg pants also rendered in silk crepe and the cupless corset in black power mesh. And if you thought it ended there Jordan also does accessories like his envelope clutch in his “Green with Envy” lamb suede leather embellished with black Swarovski crystal fabric.
For this collection Jordan has introduced a palette of green with envy, black lacquer, stark white and burnt sienna. A spectrum that empowers the silhouette and allows the silhouette to remain body conscious with higher waistlines and longer hemlines. Creating a complementary contrast of simplicity and sexuality. With that said I quizzed Jordan to who he sees his label dressing and if you hadn’t guessed it already the first two people he mentioned were Julia and Carine Roitfeld with Daria Werbowy and Janet Jackson also in the mix. Ambitious but not over-confident Jordan’s potential is to redefine or perhaps the word is re-instate ‘sexy’.
And the question we’re all asking is can he apply the same to menswear? Will he eventually like to do menswear? “Looking at my thesis collection… I get kinda get sad because I can’t wear anything. I would love to do menswear!”. Get ready to move over Alexander Wang because this not-so new kid in town is on his way up!
Interview and images exclusive to Dandy Sachs as provided by Ryan Jordan.