Harbison based in Brooklyn, New York, was launched in 2013 by the creative power of Charles Elliot Harbison. His love for fashion goes all the way back to his hometown in Lincoln, NC, where Harbison would “see the transformative impact that clothing had on his mother’s persona”as his bio describes on his label’s website. His history in fashion is already filled with envious highlights after graduating from the prestigious New York school of fashion Parsons, he interned at Michael Kors, Jack Spade and Billy Reid. It was his expertise in textile design that lead him into working within Michael Kor’s womenswear collections and allowed Harbison to launch Billy Reid’s womenswear line.
Right now it is just Harbison operating his glorious label but this is definitely not hindering his success, with Vogue fashion writer Chioma Nnadi describing his work as a “stand out” when interviewing Harbison for the September article. When describing the kind of women who wear his pieces to Style.com Harbison said “My girl is always connected to her masculinity, but there is something relaxed about the springtime, where she gets to show more skin and play up the sex a little more.” (see full Style.com article here)
Harbison’s Spring Summer collection showcased at Malt and Mash in New York and wowed fashion spectators who loved the strong and luxurious pieces on display. With bold blues to punk references, the collections eclectic blends of inspirations drew from four main ideas Prep, African Diaspora, Yves Klein and Aaliyah the nineties R&B sensation that tragically died in a plane crash in 2001. Pieces in the collection play ode to the R&B singer’s style with cotton crop tops, oversized plaid blazers and baggy trousers that tied into the beautiful Yves Klein metallic blue and the tribal motifs seen throughout the prints, as seen below.
Images sourced from Fashionising.com
This 31-year-old designer whose original plan was to be designing buildings has no desire to stop working in fashion anytime soon, with his S/S collection being his third collection. In an interview with Park Scholars Harbison described his move from architecture to fashion “I wanted more of that in my life and studies,” he said, “but didn’t want to abandon my love of Maths and science that led me to architecture.” (see the full Park Scholars interview here) His love for modernism, luxury and androgyny has been the perfect formula to producing intriguingly unique collections.
At the showing of his Fall Winter 2013 collection earlier in April, Beautiful Garbage blogspot managed to find out how the layers of ideas come to be “FW13 was birthed from the complexity of my interests: from the intimate connection and transgender beauty exhibited by Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe to the modernist signatures of the Bauhaus and my love of American sport and sportswear.” (read Beautiful Garbage’s full article here) In the images below all these motifs are strong in present throughout the collection with masculine coats in loud reds and whites to the grey plaid prints on pants and coats accented with pops of colour.
Images from Charles Harbison Website
Images from The Fader
This designer has such a present vision for the fashion industry and will definitely soon be hanging in every fashion bloggers wardrobe, continue to fall in love with this masterful label via Facebook or Harbison’s Website.