Getting STAMPD at New York Fashion Week
The Stampd menswear collection at New York Fashion Week was as iconic as The Wizard of Oz – both broke out of black and white in spectacular fashion. Asphalt Wave is the name of the Fall 2017 collection that Chris Stamp showcased during NYFW.
Stamp was a design and business graduate, who started out hand-painting shoes. He moved into hats and now has a full range of clothes, accessories, and lifestyle products. Stamp has famously stuck with a black and white palette. This is partly because it’s what he likes to wear. He and his friends wear what he produces, and he welcomes feedback.
The main feature of Stampd clothes was always their wearability. Even when they’re suddenly and unexpectedly brick road yellow, redhead rust, scarecrow green and a fantastic tin man silver bomber. (I’m not sure if the technicolor Oz connection was intentional). The other eye-catching feature of Asphalt Wave was the large square pockets on flat surfaces. The coats also featured torn hems as though a longer garment had a few inches torn off. This is something that you might want to try yourself to give new life to items that might have lost some of their appeal. There were also classics like distressed denim, long johns under shorts and jeans, and knee-high socs.
Some thought that wearing the trademark with writing and signatures scrawled over items was very 80s. I think it looks really dope and they well achevied it. Half length sleeves were a nice touch, though, and they are a good example of some original features that this collection incorporates. And Stamp successfully put these elements together without losing any of that trademark wearability.
Jim Moore, the creative director of GQ magazine said:
“I’m looking forward to seeing what the next guard of American men’s wear has in store for us: David Hart, John Elliot, Stampd, Todd Snyder … These guys are pushing the industry forward in exciting ways.”
Stamp has done an extraordinary job of becoming a young, male Martha Stewart, selling everything from hats to ashtrays. GQ named him one of the ‘best new menswear designers in America. I think the brand could easily go global. It risks losing something if it moves too far away from street style, though – after all, there’s no place like home.