A model presents creations from Gypsy Sport spring/summer 2020 collection. [Photo provided to China Daily]
Designer Rio Uribe decked the catwalk (in fact, a New York rooftop) with palm trees, fruit cocktails and sparkling gold body paint as part of his celebratory, feel-good SS20 collection – so good it almost felt like vacation fashion, an eternal sunshine of tangerine and canary yellow materials and minds.
Uribe's clothes are unabashedly one-of-a-kind and his spring ready-to-wear 2020 collection hit the right spot from its first look: a halter-neck dress fashioned from hundreds of beaded safety pins, almost like chain mail, to the tropicana jeans adorned with appliqué hibiscus flowers, and to the safety pin-studded Bermuda shorts. Previously the brand has shown tattoo tops, artisanal denim "Chanel" jackets, denim-banded pencil skirts and its elevated Mad Planet sneakers.
Gypsy Sport is proud of its US heritage and all products are made in America – specifically in New York City, Philadelphia and Los Angeles – and online orders are shipped from the brand's so-called "fulfilment center" in LA. So far in Asia, the brand is only stocked in Japan and South Korea, but not yet in China or Hong Kong. Expect that to change soon.
Intriguingly, Gypsy Sport is so laid back and cool, the six-year-old brand even invites visitors to its website to partake in castings or collaborate with the brand in another way. "Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org", it reads. In June, Gypsy Sport held an open call at the Bruce Gallery in LA's Chinatown, which was answered by more than 300 people. In the new fashion universe of sustainability and rebooted notions of luxury, Uribe is putting out the coolest vibe on the block.