There’s no such thing as starting slow for Romeo Hunte. After only 3 years with his eponymous brand, the man has already dressed Beyoncé, Zendaya, and Victor Cruz. His first full collection attracted notice from none other than Net-A-Porter, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Barney’s, and this year he was a finalist for the Womenswear Fashion Group International Rising Star Award. Not bad for junior year as an independent designer. Given Romeo’s young history, it might seem odd for the brand to start referencing past work already, but that’s exactly the direction his Style Fashion Week presentation took. After all, why should the normal rules apply to Hunte now after he defied convention on his meteoric rise? So, the spring collection from Romeo Hunte New York turned out to be a compelling exploration of what outerwear can be, a display of everything from traditional trenchcoat blazers to the brand’s original signature: the Varick Shawl. It made good use of emerging trends too, prominently featuring camo prints and bright red fabric. There was plenty of hood action thrown in as well, attached to high fashion safari jackets and ponchos. You could apply this presentation to both your fall and spring wardrobes and probably should if your jacket game isn’t up to snuff. This is transitional apparel at its finest, bridging the gap between creativity and practicality. Romeo Hunte is definitely going to continue his climb to greatness.
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