With celebrity and press hype surrounding the avant-garde brand, Rob Garcia’s En Noir Spring / Summer 2014 Ready-to-Wear collection was Sunday’s most anticipated New York Fashion Week Show. Held at Milk Studios, Garcia’s theatrical presentation showed clothes among an interactive art installation resembling a volcanic wasteland complete with video, molten rock scenery, and interpretive dancers. 
 
The urban meets high-end inspired menswear company is carried by specialty retailers, The Webster and Barneys, and worn by celebrity fans like Kanye West and Lebron James. En Noir’s new looks include signature leather pieces –– hand-treated to create various embossed and textural effects –– intricately printed tanks and t-shirts, track pants, and other monochromatic street-inspired wears. Garcia also showed a small presentation of womenswear looks, in response to growing demand from retailers and female clients. 
 
Joining the designer in completing the looks was a lineup of talented hairdressers from ARROJO. Lead stylist Vincent Minchelli and the team spawned bed head loose wave for girls and slick, off-the-face side-parts for guys. 
 
The hairdressers created the cool, easy hair using ARROJO styling products. For the girls, deep center parts and shaped waves were made by prepping hair with protective thickening lotion and curling with a wand. To finish the looks, they finger combed and finished the waves with Refinish Dry Shampoo for added texture and Primp Working Spray for hold and sheen. For the men, sleek definition was made with pomade; the product was finger-styled into damp hair and blow-dried to create urbane polish and shine. 
 
The hairstyles reflect En Noir’s elite meets street aesthetic. According to lead stylist, Vincent Minchelli, the wearable hair was “inspired by the cool and nonchalant visual cues in the garments and the soft texture of the leather pieces.” 
 
The functionality created by En Noir and ARROJO streamlined the collection and made the looks modern and fashion-forward, yet timeless. The ability to wear a style all day, on the street or for an occasion, is the contemporary take-away from En Noir’s visionary spin on Fashion Week. 
 
Photos: Lyla Vander 
 
 
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