Gregory DelliCarpini Jr of Oystercoloredvelvet.com partnered with CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION and took the streets of Manhattan in pursuit of the masculine ideal. The collaborative video highlights a number of looks from the Fall 2014 collection of refined urban workwear.
Masculinity is an idea I’ve struggled rapping my head around since I was a small boy. For me, having been raised by three women, the term lacked a gender association and become more of a dreamy, amorous and slightly unreal thought – like imagining what your life at twenty-six years old would look like at the age thirteen.
It wasn’t until I visited NYC as a young adult with my mother one fall weekend that I first felt a sense of a masculine aesthetic. There it was, frozen in the architecture of Manhattan. Rounded and sculptural forms intersecting with bold linear shapes and exaggerated and very macho blocks stacked on blocks. A turbulent welter of clouds covered the city and the buildings stood out like glistening daggers penetrating the grey sky. A single leaf quivered in the air the fell into the middle of the street. Then some strange notion of dynamism came over me – masculinity is first and foremost about craftsmanship.
Those who were of the masculine alliance I imagined were something like androgynous comic book strip heroes or resilient and macho sci-fi folks – perfectly assembled and someone not to be fucked with. I picture their shoulders exaggerated, legs covered in metallic draped materials, a pure sense of modernism – essentially completely clad in the Calvin Klein Collection Menswear Fall/ Winter 2014 collection.
Continuing my exploration of engineered masculinity, I partnered with Calvin Klein and selected key items from their fall range that best spoke to the pursuit of the masculine ideal. I went back to NYC with visual artist Martin Loper to spotlight this iconic urban workwear where both setting and satire pay special attention to a flawless quilting of craftsmanship along with revealing a vision of the future. Perhaps an imminent time where the true understanding of masculinity lies.
Head to CalvinKlein.com for more on their fall line.