Incredible things sometimes come in small packages. This age-old saying holds special significance for Richard Hallmarq. It was, after all, a small Post-It note with a quote by Thomas Edison that inspired him to pursue a career in the industry. “Many of life’s failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up,” it read. Yet, that life-changing note was only the beginning of treasures in small bundles for Hallmarq. His short summer collection featured at Style Fashion Week this fall stands as another perfect example of the value of quality over quantity.
Richard Hallmarq’s latest line isn’t gaudy or aggressive. It’s stark streetwear, a look back at the 2000s with fresh eyes. Forgive the philosophical statement, but the simplicity of each piece seemed to be a self-reflexive comment on simplicity itself. A comment on how fashionable something straightforward could be. It was kind of exciting, watching someone embrace the best of street style without trying to force high fashion and low fashion to work together. There was a sense of ease, very L.A.-inspired ease, which gave you hope for New York City obsessions like athleisure. So pull out your baseball cap and embrace the baggy wifebeater. Casual isn’t hard if you listen to the experts.