Carlos Garciavelez: Harvard Professor Premieres Second Collection at Men's Fashion Week
When he isn't lecturing students at Harvard, Carlos Garciavelez is designing menswear collections to showcase at events like New York City Men's Fashion Week.
The Mexican architect, who received a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard and now teaches architecture at the school on weekends, is one of several talents who premiered collections this week for the relaunch of Men's Fashion Week.
Garciavelez first came onto the fashion radar when he premiered his first collection, under the name Garciavelez, back in February during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015, just as the sales in menswear began to climb and the industry took note.
According to Forbes, the New York-based designer set out to make a name for himself in architecture but soon found a similar passion in fashion. He uses his background in architecture and furniture design in his clothing and vice versa, telling Forbes, "I have always been interested in how design spans across disciplines and scales.
"What inspires me creatively is the everyday, mostly things that are ephemeral, things that you normally sense, that are not necessarily your sight," he continued. "Which is basically the emotional feeling getting out of the shower or things that are more in target with sensation."
This is most evident with his latest collection, which he premiered on July 13. The collection features a mix of casual, athletic-inspired tops and bottoms, including sweatshirts, button-down shirts and shorts. The collection has a very playful feel, due mostly to Garciavelez's color choices. Most of the pieces come in shades of blue, with hints of neon orange and green.
The designer revealed to The New York Observer where he got the inspiration for his Spring/Summer 2016 collection:
"The idea of this collection is the idea of light, so the ephemerality of light and how to capture that in clothing. Some of the pieces are a bit more playful and some of them are dark," he said. "But it's really this idea of clothing that will perform with you, across the day, that has little sparks of light. Some of the linings are really bright and if you peek around you'll capture these little details. I like to ask, how can you play with color in your life? And how much can you add? That's where the color came about."