New York – February 11, 2022 The STAN Spring/Summer 2022 collection marks Tristan Detwiler’s second New York Men’s Day presentation during New York Fashion Week.
This collection represents a significant creative evolution and reset for the brand. Since the brand’s inception, Detwiler has established a signature visual vernacular rooted in artisanal quilt work and the spirit of surf culture. For his latest collection, the designer embarked on a different path, spurred by an unexpected moment that can only be described as a creative identity crisis. The artistic progression that emerged from this period of reflection and introspection is clearly evident in this latest offering from STAN.
When it came to identifying his muse of the season, Detwiler didn’t need to look beyond his own family when he realized it was his own paternal grandfather, Robert Stanley Detwiler. Bob, as he was known, always embodied the idea of a perfect gentleman in Tristan’s eyes ever since he was a child. As a salesman in the 1950’s, Bob wore a suit every day, as was the custom for men at the time, but always with a sense of understated flair and panache. A man of few words, he was kind to everyone and is remembered for his charming tip of the hat accompanied by a warm smile.
Bob represented the creative starting point, and from there, Tristan began adding layers and elements that eventually laid the foundation for the larger narrative theme for the collection. The inspirations behind the looks are not confined to a specific era. Instead, Detwiler incorporated iconic details and silhouettes from decades spanning from the 1910’s to the 1960’s. The STAN protagonist this season is a gentleman who is refined and sophisticated, yet also rugged and adventurous.
Since STAN was founded, sourcing antique textiles with rich historical backstories has always been a pillar for the brand and this season is no exception. For the second season, Detwiler collaborated with renowned textile curator Beau Ryan who helped source incredibly rare and exceptional textiles. A duffle jacket is made from an early 20th century Tulu rug that was once used by Turkish shepherds as blankets. A blazer is trimmed with a vibrant red Filikli, another type of Tulu rug, woven from the longer, curlier hair of Angora goats. Another blazer is fashioned from an embroidered, decorative Kyrgyz textile that bears the name of the embroiderer in Cyrillic letters.
Navajo blankets feature prominently in the collection, some of which date back to the late 1870’s when The Hubbell Trading Post was established on the Navajo Nation. In addition to supplying the Native Americans with needed goods, the outpost served as a commercial meeting ground with settlers and marked the first time Navajo rugs and silverwork, as well as Hopi pottery and baskets were sold and marketed to the non-native community.
This peripatetic exploration of textiles continues with antique fabrics as far ranging as 19th century French woven paisley jacquards to 18th century Irish lace tablecloths and Italian silk velvets that are fashioned into tailored jackets. A Victorian-era mourning dress is deconstructed and reincarnated as a men’s evening blazer.
Classic tailored silhouettes and familiar styles like the motorcycle or tuxedo jacket feel new again when rendered in unusual materials combined in unexpected ways. The use of deadstock textiles will also enable STAN to produce multiple units and sizes of the same style (albeit with slight variations due to the nature of deadstock), thus opening the door to the possibility of wholesale opportunities.
For the first time, STAN will show an evening gown, worn by Alva Chinn, the pioneering model who made her name on the runways of Halston, Yves Saint Laurent, and Chanel in the 1970’s. Chinn, along with Pat Cleveland, Bethann Hardison, China Machado, and others, made history walking for Halston at the legendary Battle of Versailles Fashion Show in 1973. Tony Spinelli, an iconic male model in the 1970’s will also be featured in the show.
STAN is honored to have an ensemble featured in the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute show “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” on exhibit through September 5, 2022
All images courtesy of Stan Clothing
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