Day two of Orange County Fashion Week took place inside a vast hangar at Lyons Air Museum in Santa Ana, California. Guests dressed in their finest mingled around the polished aluminum World War II aircraft and rare automobiles and memorabilia, making for a high class yet retro scene. Bartenders were mixing cinnamon-garnished drinks or pouring Ardbeng single-malt Islay scotch whiskey. Newport Italian Vespa offered several of their colorful models to grace the runway for photo opps before the show.
Celebrity stylist Daniel Musto interviewed guests Neel Grover, CEO of BlueFly.com, John Trainer of Glenmorangie & Ardberg, Scott Shaw of Call & Jensen, and Gordon Clune with the Left Shoe Company, each with their own stories to share about their experiences in the world of fashion, business, and originality.
The pop-up shop featured at the event was the Clune’s concept, the Left Shoe Company. This innovative new concept creates handmade footwear via a digital foot scan that allows the shoes to be custom-built to the specific needs of each individual. This could be likened a modern twist on the bespoke cobblers of days past; literally building a shoe last off of the specific needs of each client that entered their shop. In addition to this fascinating approach to building shoes; Gordon has created some very eye-catching and very fashionable designs in his line.
Ranging from woven tweed jackets and tailored suits from Pal Zileri and Taylor Stitch to beach-ready boardshort and streetwear insipired ensembles from Valor Collective and Rip Curl, the runway exhibited a broad range of men’s fashion.
The catwalk was abuzz with men’s styles that could be worn from the most formal occasions all the way down to the local surf break. Each trip down the runway was punctuated with a dimming of the lights and a spectacular performance by the Orange County Ballet.
The night was a spectacle of men’s fashion in unique setting; everywhere offering a glance into the future of fashion amidst a backdrop of history, featuring a dynamic and powerful collection of styling from industry leaders.
Post and photos by Kevin Sutton.