Review: David Hart Spring 2019 Collection

Image Courtesy: David Hart/David Carlo.

Image Courtesy: David Hart/David Carlo.

David Hart knows how to take an inspiration and translate it directly into his clothes. If you take into consideration past collections --his Fall 2016 1950s Jazz musicians lineup modeled by an all-black cast or his Fall 2018 New York meets Paris offerings accessorized with baguettes and Timberland-- one could say he's becoming an expert at the merger ideas and execution. It's a clear (and I used that term loosely) point A to B task that sometimes causes the demise of designer's collection, but Hart knows how to find his sweet spot.

For Spring 2019, the Annapolis, Maryland native referenced the 1970s and the Watergate scandal for his design starting point.

Watergate, the robbery turned election-rigging scandal that resulted in former President Richard Nixon to resign from office set the tone in the room simply decorated with a desk, a typewriter, a 70s TEAC 3340, a "Dick Nixon" nameplate and a New York Times newspaper that was read by the models with "Nixon Resigns" as the above the fold headline. And, while the runway looks themselves didn't seem suited for an oval office, they were very 70s. There were 'Good Times' and 'What's Happening' appropriate color-blocked polos and super short shorts. Trouser, both separates, and pair with ugly --in a right way-- printed suiting came in flared bell-bottom styles, and ruffled tuxedo shirting peaked through blazers. For added decoration, hand embroidered eyeball and seahorse brooches by Celeste Mogadorpinned to lapels and ties, and the bloody shoes of choice, Christian Louboutins raised many of the guys at least an extra inch and a half off the ground, now that's what you called well-heeled menswear.