Joseph Abboud Pays Homage To His Immigrant Roots For NYFW

Joseph Abboud Pays Homage To His Immigrant Roots For NYFW

Abboud channels his immigrant roots and adds a vintage flair to his Fall 2019 collection.

Abboud channels his immigrant roots and adds a vintage flair to his Fall 2019 collection.

Photography: CJ Rivera

Text: Harshvardhan Shah

Joseph Abboud presented his Men's Fall 2019 collection which was inspired by his grandparents voyage through Ellis Island; with this collection he paid homage to his immigrant roots. The collection had a strong vintage flair, proving that NYFW is giving opportunities to younger designers who are more experimental with their approach.

The collection featured muted, earth-toned colors and fabrics such as tweed, velvets and washed out flannels that contributed to the vintage, worn-out aesthetic. The collection had a strong focus on utility, with wide legged trousers that allow flow and movement, along with capes that could double as blankets for protection from extreme weather. Accessories such as leather bags and duffels prioritize functionality as well- it's like the clothes were made for the Lebanese immigrants Abboud was inspired by for this collection.

"When I started this, it wasn't ever to politicize the issue. But I wanted to celebrate who we are," Abboud mentioned, while explaining his reasons for the theme of his collection. "Because in a way, some of the greatest images I've ever seen are of the diversity that came through Ellis Island."

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