Rio Uribe is not here for your tried and true practices or codes when it comes to fashion. And after his major 2015 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund win, we’d pretty much say that the power players in the industry agree with him. Though unisex fashion has always leaned a bit more on the side of women (“menswear-inspired” and “borrowed from the boys” are much more common), he’s showing that absolutely should not be the case with his brand Gypsy Sport.
With Fall 2016, he continued to do what he does best: defying and veritably eradicating what the industry would classify as “masculine” design. A zip-front cropped white track jacket and matching turtleneck felt equally Prince in the 80’s and b-boy, while a pair of patchwork flares were decidedly Seventies.
What will be interesting to see is how Uribe reworks these exact same pieces when he shows during NYFW’s womenswear shows. This definitely makes the case for swapping clothes with your brother, boyfriend, BFF, and all the other fashionable guys you hold dear.
The diverse cast was also another standout element of the collection and one that seems incredibly important to highlight for men of color. Jaden Smith and Young Thug have caught quite a bit of flack for dressing in a manner that many would describe as “feminine”, but Uribe disputes that entire idea here. If limiting people by gender is restricting, then doing the same with their fashion choices is equally as harmful.
With a powerful message and functional design on his side, we don’t have any doubt that Uribe’s career in fashion will be long. Gypsy Sport has been around since 2012, but this was clearly the beginning of the brand’s foray into the mainstream. It’s definitely a label to watch.
Thoughts on the latest from Gypsy Sport?