As we move into NYFW for the Spring/Summer 2012 shows, wonderMode continues it’s coverage of menswear designer Marlon Gobel.
Here in a behind-the-scenes interview before he premieres his new collection, you get a glimpse into his inspiration and what is driving his upcoming show.
wM: Tell us a little about thematically what you’re presenting for Spring.
MG: For this Spring / Summer 2012 I wanted to keep things going with the idea of art and clothing and making something special for guys (like the Hand Painted Velvet Blazers for Fall / Winter 2011). Now things need to feel familiar but be new, so that took me to this idea of “NEW & IMPROVED!” Then I thought of some of my favorite pop artists like Andy Warhol, Damian Hurst and Liu Bolin who paints himself to be urban camouflage. Then there I was looking through a 1957 issue of VOGUE and an ad for ketchup with two women standing against shelves filled with hundreds of bottles of it perfectly lined up made them “super special”, making it clear to me that Spring / Summer 2012 would be Super-Mart!
wM:What are you trying to give men in this next collection? Is there a signature piece?
MG: As with my past collections I am mixing tradition and modern menswear so that is done with high definition prints on cotton, tech fabrics, and optical effects. It sounds so high tech but ends up looking cool, fresh and sophisticated.
wM: Are there any new materials or techniques you’re introducing?
MG: I have a few tricks up my sleeve!
wM: Right now, as we transition from Summer to Fall, sartorial tips that guys should pay attention to?
MG: Don’t be afraid of color just because they days may get grayer does not mean your clothing should!
You can go to the Marlon Gobel site for more sneak peeks and stay tuned here for a post-show review.