GEOFFREY MAC'S OUTRAGEOUS TALENTS AND FASHIONS
What do Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and the Scissor Sisters have in common besides music? A lot, apparently from Lady Bunny to Debbie Harry, Geoffrey Mac has dressed some of the biggest names in pop culture. His debut Spring 2012 collection is a creative and unique combination of ancient Mayan and Native American cultures, paired with a 1990's day glo club.
Mac hasn't always been designing. He worked at a nightclub as a courageous fire-breathing act, until an unfortunate accident left his face burnt. Fortunately for us, this is when he began creating art.
Mac commenced his design career by experimenting with latex designs and attracted the likes of freaks and fetish clients. due to Mac's clientele, his unruly landlord suggested he move out. Only then did he begin designing.
He was not just a master designer, but also a master at constructing garments and pattern making. In 2002, Mac began his own atelier, and it wasn't long before people took notice. In 2003 he received the Fashion Group International's "Style Makers & Rule Breakers Award for Apparel," and the following year, the Chicago Tribute awarded him the title of "Young Designer of the Year".
Prior to his official ready-to-wear debut, Mac had been working for Cynthia Rowley in New York City, but was still tinkering with his crazy looks for custom orders in his Brooklyn, N.Y. Studio. He began designing costumes for some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, such as Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Dee Lite, Lil' Kim, and the Scissor Sisters.
His drive to create a ready-to-wear collection was motivated by his childhood idols. "When I was a child my pop culture icons were Billy Idol, Madonna and most of all Cyndi Lauper. I am still inspired by the images of these retro stars from the 80's however today they have a much more subdued style," said Mac in a recent interview with Style Wylde. He continues, "I have always been attracted to the next hottest look and always have appreciated those who are not afraid to express themselves." This inspiration gave him the drive to create some of the boldest and most expressive pieces the fashion industry has seen to date. His daring and unique pieces are what gives him the edge over other designers, and keeps him on the edge of the fashion industry. Currently the fashion public relations powerhouse, MAO P.R. (the Blonds, Rochambeau), based in New York City, represents Mac, and can be given credit for marketing this young talent into a soon to be household name.
Mac has often compared his pieces to fine art, and that they are. His Spring/Summer 2012 ready-to-wear collection featured a wide color palate and unorthodox use of materials such as turquoise stones and skulls, feathers, and wigs. There is nothing subtle about Mac's collection, especially since he is featured in the opening sequence of Nicki Minaj's controversial "Stupid Hoe" music video. Minaj wears the tribal inspired "Yemeja" that gives a spin on modern day swimwear. These details among other things make for a collection that is certainly far from mainstream. He uses green skirts made out of wigs, elaborate necklines made of neon colored fringe (almost reminiscent of a 20's style flapper on hallucinogens) and a body conscious bustiers. His clothes are certainly not for the faint of heart. Only the biggest risk takers of all fashionistas can wear these clothes. His fall/Winter 2012 collection that debuted earlier this spring at New York Fashion Week is definitely something that has the fashion industry in a buzz. Confident, fearless women everywhere: Geoffrey Mac is calling your name!
Written by Jasmine Caccamo
Photographed by Jeremy Williams
Styled by Jasmine Caccamo
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