Our Men In Havana
NYFW: Men's SS17

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE
June 21, 2016 NYC

“OUR MEN IN HAVANA”: NICK GRAHAM RECREATES THE FAMED TROPICANA NIGHTCLUB IN CUBA FOR NYFW: MEN'S
 Designer Takes a Mischievous Angle in his S/S 2017 Menswear Collection

 

Nick Graham today announced that his S/S 2017 show, entitled “Our Men In Havana”, would recreate the famed Tropicana nightclub in Havana complete with feathered showgirls, a 12-piece Cuban band, and 24 “secret agents” for an expected 1000 press and guests at NYFW: Men’s on July 13th at 10am.

Graham will present his collection as part of a spy mystery that revolves around the 1958 New Year’s Eve party of the “Covert Fashion Detectives Association”, a group of international spies trained in feeding trend forecasts to countries around the world.

Agents of the “CFDA”, “Baubles” Babuschka, “Thready” Thorsson and “Big Zipper” Bruce, to name a few, will be joined in the presentation by “Linen” D’luscious, Jacquie “Jacquard” and “Paisley” Galore. Graham himself will play the role of James “Blond”.  

“I wanted to present Cuba in a way that is entertaining, visually stunning and with an ironic edge,” Graham said. “The collection lends itself to hot, sexy and slightly political weather, and Cuba seemed to be the perfect vehicle to bring this to life.” And why New Year’s Eve 1958? “That was the last New Year’s before the revolution, which changed Cuba forever.”

The show was also inspired by the 1958 novel “Our Man in Havana” by the British author Graham Greene. In the novel Greene makes fun of intelligence services, especially the British M16, and their willingness to believe reports from their local informants.

Graham’s collection for S/S 2017 of lightweight linens, seersuckers, checked madras suits, floral shirts and lightweight outerwear, are mixed to create the look that is Graham’s trademark “Post-Prep” style.

Graham is known for his over-the-top and engaging events. His F/W 2016 show recreated the National Parks complete with Park Rangers. He also holds the record for the World's Fastest Fashion show: a human cannonball going 110 mph in 1.2 seconds.

Graham has visited the Cuban theme in the past. In 1998, Graham closed CFDA fashion week in Iceland, and immediately explored the idea of doing a show in Cuba. “I was actually negotiating the first runway show in Cuba, but it was just too complicated. 18 years later, Chanel beat me to it, but hey, they have a bigger budget than I do.” Graham said.

 


 

PRESS RELEASE
June 21, 2016 NYC

NICK GRAHAM TAKES HIS INSPIRATION FROM PRE-REVOLUTIONARY CUBA FOR HIS SPRING/SUMMER 2017 COLLECTION
"Our Men In Havana" Is Designer's Most Ambitious Collection Yet

 

Nick Graham’s collection for Spring/Summer 2017 takes its cue from Havana in the late 1950’s, when Havana was the go to place for gamblers, mobsters, and royalty alike. It was a glamorous time, but the undercurrent of the Cuban revolution was in the air.

“It was a fascinating period, with the Tropicana Club the center of the action. Americans in droves would come and vacation and party like they couldn’t in the United States.” Graham said. “In fact if it wasn’t for Castro, Las Vegas wouldn’t have become the place it would become. Once Havana fell, the Americans moved to Vegas, including the showgirls and everything else that came with it.”

Graham’s collection for S/S 2017 of lighweight linens, seersuckers, checked madras suits, floral shirts and lighweight outerwear; are mixed to create the look that is Graham’s trademark “Post-Prep” style.

The collection includes formal looks, crisp suitings and soft shouldered blazers. Madras sportcoats and shorts are used to create the new “tropical suit”. Besides florals and and large tropical prints, Graham uses a hint of camouflage in blazers and accessories to represent the impending revolution.

As Graham says, “The collection lends itself to hot, sexy and slightly political weather, and Cuba seemed to be the perfect vehicle to bring this to life.”

The show was also inspired by the 1958 novel “Our Man in Havana” by the British author Graham Greene. In the novel Greene makes fun of intelligence services, especially the British M16, and their willingness to believe reports from their local informants.

Graham has visited the Cuban theme in the past. In 1998, Graham closed CFDA fashion week in Iceland, and immediately explored the idea of doing a show in Cuba. “I was actually negotiating the first runway show in Cuba, but it was just too complicated. 18 years later, Chanel beat me to it, but hey, they have a bigger budget than I do.” Graham said.

About Nick Graham: As founder of the ubiquitous JOE BOXER brand, Nick Graham changed the face of fashion when he turned his underwear company into one of America¹s most popular lifestyle brands.   A longtime member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Graham has won numerous awards for his design and marketing talents. Graham launched his eponymous lifestyle brand in 2014.

 

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