Last night, menswear fashion designer, Brett Johnson, debuted his Autumn Winter 2016 Fashion line at the Skylight Clarkson North in New York City. The Brett Johnson Collection, in its junior year of existence, attracted notables in fashion and entertainment, including BET Founder (and Brett Johnson’s dad), Bob Johnson, Leon Robinson (actor and star of the classic movie–Five Heartbeats), and June Ambrose (fashion stylist), Ken Downing (fashion director and vice president of Neiman Marcus), Jay Manuel (makeup-artist), and more.
When we first caught up with the rising designer in 2013, his outerwear collection included “recognizable tailored fashions like classic pea coats, a quilted leather hoodie, wool and leather vests, and a biker jacket.” This year, Johnson remained true to his original inspiration of sophisticated fashion with edge focusing on the “shedding of professional body armor – the ubiquitous power suit, in favor of more relaxed, casually-tailored sportswear, like blazers with classic lines, trousers with slightly nipped waists, and overcoats that are comfortable yet have controlled volumes.”
The 2016 line of Italian-made fashion, featured embossed nubuck leathers, luxurious suedes, brushed cottons, natural cashmeres, and high-performance nylons rendered in a bold saturated palette of earth tones, such as loden greens, brush browns, and burgundies, as well as a spectrum of blues.
“I was inspired by the leisure lifestyle of influential men and the historical references to the American West found in their off-duty, sartorial choices,” says Johnson. As a spectator at the show, it only takes a second for viewers to see his vision loud and clear. But in case you missed it, check out the storify recap below.