David Hart is the president of creating a thematic presentation for his collections. Hart’s tailored clothes are often always influenced by last year, but it seems in a bid to please his retailers, the designer has begun to fine tune his formula.
His tweaking first started at his fall 2016 presentation and luckily he’s continued for his spring collection, where he pushed even further into casual sportswear. The presentation was awash with daring firsts for the designer with airbrushed T-shirts, color-blocked tank tops, smart pleated shorts, funky Hawaiian vacation shirts and casual printed board shorts. Each piece was tempting due to its fine detailing and gorgeous patterns. The collection made the dreaded Hawaiian Dad shirt trendy and a spring must-have.
It was definitely a youthful turn for Hart’s typical aesthetic, but the citations to the past were still present. Hart explained the elements he drew from the past for his spring collection by saying that from the Seventies he collected the earthy but bright color palette, as well as stealing influences from the SoCal surf culture that was rife in the late Sixties. He also made sure to delve into past archives for an accurate step into the past. Hart looked at photographs by LeRoy Grannis and listened to music from jazz artist, Dick Gail, to find his muse.
Despite Hart delving into new shapes for his collection, he also stuck to his well formatted tailored pieces. A blazer covered in a palm print was a pleasure, but the collection was a nice evolution for Hart which was somewhat reflected in his homage to nature.
Hart commented on the difficulty of being a men’s wear designer in NYC:
“I get a lot of support from press, but I’m not getting a lot of interest from retailers. It’s tough,” he said.
Luckily, we will still be seeing Hart as he hasn’t lost hope, having other projects burning on the fire. The designer partnered with Parke & Ronen to make a capsule collection of blazers, which was debuted at P&R’s show on Thursday.