Talking menswear with Moment of Silence designer Elaix Vincent, Jr.
ELAIX VINCENT JR.
Creative Director, Moment of Silence NYC
Why I love him: His clothes fit any occasion. It’s not just casual, not just ready-to-wear, not just classic and not just dressy. It’s all of those things and it’s fierce.
When was the first time you noticed that fashion was something someone created rather than just something you bought and put on?
My senior year of high school. I couldn’t afford to buy new brand name clothing for our school fashion show. So, I decided to refurbish old clothing into something new and modern.
What made you want to pursue design vocationally as opposed to it just being a hobby?
Hobbies come and go. Fashion is forever. Not to mention having freedom of expression through fashion is fun.
What was your training in design?
I first attended Katharine Gibbs School in New York for Fashion Design and Merchandising. After graduating with my Associates, I then transferred to LIM College where I obtained my bachelors in fashion merchandising.
When you begin designing new garments, what is the starting point for you?
As usual, I start with a simple quick sketch. And from there magic is made.
There’s a lot of competition out there. How do you separate yourself from the pack?
I don’t follow trends. I follow my gut instinct.
From season to season, how do you keep yourself from burning out?
Lots of sex does a body good.
The internet has changed the fashion industry in numerous ways. How have you utilized it and social media to get your work and your brand to a larger audience?
We try to stay current and ahead of things when it comes to marketing and branding. Almost everything we do will hit the net in some way or form. This will keep consumers talking and buying.
Fashion blogs and style bloggers are front row at Fashion Week, something that didn’t happen ten years ago. Ten years from now, what do you hope the fashion industry looks like/is headed?
I hope ten years from now more black designers will be taken more seriously.
What was it like the first time you saw someone wearing your designs in real life?
Simply remarkable. It all comes together like a complete package. Without the fashion and the model, you only have a garment. They need each other.
FAST FASHION FACTS
My aesthetic in five words: Cool, clean, classic, street meets modernism.
My client is… a man of many hats. Men from the age of 18 to 55 who shop at boutiques and shops from New York to London can look good wearing Moment of Silence NY. Gay, Straight, or Trans. My fashions don’t discriminate.
My dream client is…the late great Prince. He was a lyrical and fashion genius. Before he became famous, his mixing of men’s and women’s fashions showcased him early on as a star. He walked and sang with confidence. And you definitely want someone with confidence wearing your clothing.
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