What inspired you for fall 2012?
We found inspiration in the dark mythology behind the holiday season. Christmas and all of the surrounding folklore is rooted in pre-Christian Paganism. The collection was based around the primal origins of what has become a whimsical time of year. It conveys the sort of bittersweet nostalgia you inevitably feel towards the holiday season as adults.
How does this play out in terms of colors, materials and shapes?
The collection explores naturalistic textures: weathered skins, rich furs and warm wools and knits. The construction is architectural and represents both cold modern structure as well as Pagan runic symbolism in a primarily monochromatic palette.
What music did you listen to while designing this collection?
A lot of Sigur Rós. Their combination of minimalist, classical and ethereal sounds is similar to what this collection seeks to convey visually.
What do you look for when casting your show?
We take great pride in being a progressive menswear label from New York City and we like to highlight the clothing by casting real guys—strong and with an edge. Often men's fashion casts the super thin waif-like guy, we want guys guys, showing you can be a man with style. Our last show had a very rocker edge and received amazing feedback.
How do you stay energized/balanced in the weeks leading up to NYFW?
We are so lucky that through our partnership with W hotels we can present all of our hard work on such a grand stage. That excitement alone is enough to keep us going! Last season we literally did not sleep for two weeks leading up to the show—our studio becomes a factory of castings, fittings and adjusting last minute details.
What other show(s) are you looking forward to seeing this season?
We're always anxious to see what our good friend, the Icelandic designer Sruli Recht is up to. We look to designers like Damir Doma and Anne Demeulemeester in Europe and we're always interested in what Siki Im and Rad Hourani are doing in New York.
How do you plan to unwind after Fashion Week?
In our dreams we are at an Aman resort. In reality, we are already working on the framework for next season!
Rochambeau (Joshua Cooper and Laurence Chandler) will present their fall 2012 collection on Wednesday, February 15th at The Box at Lincoln Center.