Connor McKnight has a strong fashion résumé after stints at both Kith and Bode, and it was in September 2020 that he branched out on his own with his own collection.
Now in his fifth season, McKnight showed his most personal collection to date.
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In a presentation at his new studio space in Chinatown, he showed a collection of men’s and womenswear he called “Waiting” that was inspired by his grandfather.
“In the past, my collections have been more mundane, but this one is more emotional,” he said. He said his grandfather proudly “hit his stride” when he was 66 and “that didn’t seem to bother him.”
That served as the jumping off point for the collection that offered a lot more tailored options for both men and women including longer jacket silhouettes in suits — “a staple for me” — along with a variety of technical garments such as a cropped fly-fishing jacket with full-length pleats on the back. That detail also made its appearance on elongated coach’s jackets and a floor-length women’s leather dress.
A couple of the suits were created from textured deadstock fabric that he secured from the Martin Greenfield custom tailored facility in Brooklyn, and he offered them up in both black and beige.
Leather was also prevalent in the line in jackets and vests with asymmetrical pockets on the front and wide pockets with snap closures on the back. “I like a good back pocket,” McKnight said with a laugh.
Other key pieces included a women’s slip gown and a shirt with slightly crooked stripes.
All told, McKnight offered up a collection that managed to effectively straddle both fashion and function, proving that he’s one to watch.
Launch Gallery: Connor McKnight RTW Spring 2024
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