Gypsy Sport's New Collection Proves Skin Is In
Gypsy Sport designer Rio Uribe has been on a meteoric rise over the last few years, and was catapulted into the stratosphere thanks to his three-way tie for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award last November. Not only has it upped the designer’s profile, it has allowed him to push his creative vision further, and at his MADE Fashion Week Fall/Winter ’16 fashion show, it showed.
Postcards were handed out at the beginning of the show that alluded to the inspiration: skin. This season, Uribe experimented with texture more than ever before, showing a variety of fabrics from denim and corduroy to lace, suede and fur, shown in varying shades of tan, nude, and brown with hints of baby blue. In addition to showing looks comprised of one singular texture, he also wove the fabrics together in several patchwork jackets and vests. Particular standouts were the all-lace looks, and the workwear-inspired pieces that felt like a fresh take on the Dickies of my middle school years. Crisp lines and oversized silhouettes were cut in denim and a striped fabric. Think Snoop Dogg’s signature look if he scored it in the ‘70s.
As with seasons past, Uribe collaborated with jewelry designer Chris Habana, but this time with a much lighter hand, crafting adornments in sleek sterling silver. Ball and chain chokers and septum rings featured the brand’s signature logo, and ear cuffs and bars added an edge to the soft, lush pieces. The Gypsy Sport devotee may be cute, but you wouldn’t want to cross them.
One of the most refreshing things about Gypsy Sport, aside from Uribe’s distinct point of view, is the model casting. Far from the usual group of tall, lithe, leggy models, the runway features people of all shapes, sizes, and colors. They ended the show with an epic dance party, driving home the brand’s ethos: fashion should be fun.
How do you feel with the show over?
I feel really good. It’s always such a big relief off my shoulders once the collection is out and people see it. Now we go to the party and read the reviews tomorrow.
For this collection where did your inspiration start?
I started with the men’s collection last month, and it was mostly inspired by skin. So I wanted to carry that through to this collection. Instead of only having a skin print, I wanted to use fabrics that looked lik skin, so we added suede, really pretty skin tone lace, ribbed fabrics. It was a lot of different skin tones, in as many textures as I could find.
Were any of the fabrics new to you?
Yeah, a lot of the fabrics were new. I had never worked with denim, so this is our first time making real jeans and skirts and jackets. And I’ve never worked with fur before. We had one jacket that had real fur on it, which was fun. We can afford new things this year, which has been really exciting.
That’s so great. Do you have a favorite piece?
I love the patchwork jacket—it has fur, corduroy, leather, and shearling. I love that you can actually see the imperfections in the hides.
So cool, I love the corduroy too—it has a ‘70s vibe.
Yeah, I hate to keep saying it, but there is definitely that influence in there.
And now to the after party! What song will always get you down on the dancefloor?
Oh man, that’s a good question. I really like “SKRT” by Kodak Black.
Check out our epic GIF from the show here.