Dunhill Artistic Director Mark Weston was employed to decorate a star for the Met Gala for the primary time this 12 months, and Josh O’Connor, Star of The crown and one of many best-dressed younger actors on the planet, appeared like the right match. O’Connor, Weston mentioned, is “tremendous energetic and passionate” about clothes – he works with stylist Harry Lambert, who additionally clothes Harry Kinds and Emma Corrin, and he loves eccentric British designers like Jonathan Anderson.
There have been solely two issues: first, Dunhill is a British model, and this 12 months’s theme was American fashion. Second, pandemic restrictions stored UK-based Weston from touring to the US.
To be able to remedy the quirks of their scenario, Lambert had an concept: What if Weston and Lambert labored along with a younger New York designer? That method, they had been in a position to remedy each of those issues whereas including American ingenuity to the look. In an trade the place particular person genius is a carefully guarded time period, this was mainly an unprecedented proposition. However Weston was prepared, so Lambert steered Connor McKnight – a Bode alum who has solely proven two collections.
Lambert launched the 2 of them and so they started what Weston calls “a artistic bond” – technically a bit like a collaboration, however far more fluid and relaxed. “I like to work like this,” Weston mentioned. “Roll it and see the place it goes.”
As McKnight mentioned in an interview when he was jam-packed along with his second assortment final Friday in Midtown, “You emailed me and I assumed, why? wouldn’t I?”