Style Guyd: BLKLN Menswear Is Back in “Black”

Jorge Gallegos
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Jorge Gallegos
Social Media Manager & N.Y.C. Community Manager
November 24, 2012
12:28 a.m.

Jim Duran is a Dallas-based designer whose experience in the industry includes public relations, styling, writing, and design. He has worked with such notable members of the fashion industry as Jean Paul Gaultier, Fern Mallis, L’Wren Scott, Joe Zee, and famed Sex and the City costume designer Patricia Field.

During an event on November 13, at ‘Dish’, one of my favorite restaurants in the city, this mode multitasker introduced his latest project, BLKLN (“Black Line”), a  Vogue-forward line of contemporary menswear inspired by music, art, and the male form.

The aesthetic value of this particular collection definitely targets androgynous men who are secure and confident within the realms of their (non) sexuality and unafraid to wear nontypical pieces like leggings, over-size tanks, black organza shirts, or even kilts, which reminded me a little of the early work of New York-based designer Asher Levine.

He showed us 15 looks in a window-display fashion presentation were the models stood on stage for a couple of minutes while the guests admired the garments. This didn’t work at all. Thumbs up to him for trying to do something unconventional, but the stage was set up in a weird place, making it difficult for anyone to see the clothes. I prefer watching the models walking down the runway for the simple reason that you get an idea of how the clothes fit and flow when in motion.

Despite this, everybody enjoyed the night, electrified by the beats of Dj Blake Ward, while pizza, meatballs, and other finger food circulated around the fashionistas. Among them were the fabulous and savvy blogger Cynthia Smoot, Sara Donovan, Buyer from TrafficMen LA, Karen Michelle from Front House Management, Make-Up Artist Russ Brouse, Christopher Wright, Mohammend Jaber, and, of course, yours truly.

In the end, I had a great time and applaud this visionary designer. I look forward to more of his work, and I can’t wait to put my hands in that black organza shirt, WERK!

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Jorge Gallegos

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