It was arctic cold on the evening that Anthony McDowell showcased his 3:23 Fall/Winter 2015 presentation at the Andaz Hotel in Manhattan. But things warmed up quickly for me as soon as I laid eyes on his captivating menswear collection. As five male models walked around the room in sporty, casual, and unique designs, I could see that this collection was based on quality over quantity.
After taking a closer look at the detailing and styling of each garment, I felt that there had to be a deeper meaning behind this collection or a specific inspiration in which the designing was drawn from. Luckily I was able to pull the designer, Anthony McDowell to the side for a quick Q&A during the presentation:
Anthony describes his menswear line as his “alter ego”. It’s a way for him to lose himself and become a different person through his designs. “I can be who I am in my everyday life, but I am able to become different person when I design. I can create bold pieces that I normally wouldn’t wear in my everyday life”.
When asked about the inspiration behind his collection: “I find inspiration from everywhere. I work in this hotel so everyday, and I look out the window into the city (FYI: the view from the Andaz hotel overlooks the beautiful buildings in midtown manhattan, including the Empire State Building). I drew inspiration from the detailing in the buildings such as the windows, and the skyline of the city.
After speaking with Anthony, I felt that I clearly understood his vision for his collection and brand. I could literally see his inspiration in sight, and how it was so beautifully translated onto the garments of this collection. Overall the 3:23 by Anthony McDowell is a collection that definitely caught my attention, and he is a designer that you should keep your eyes on!
Photos by Anthony McDowell
**Because the detailing of the garments are what I loved most about this collection, above are a close view at all of the pieces. For full body pictures from this collection and to contact Anthony McDowell, head over to his website at AnthonyMcDowell.com**
Xo- Chrissy Joy