“We’ve had reorders from Saks, Shopbop and Revolve; we’re shipping a June delivery to some stores asking for exclusives. Fall is in production already…” Life is good for designer Victor Glemaud, whose statement knitwear for every body is resonating in this comfort-dressing era.
For his resort collection, titled “American Beauty,” he tapped Leyna Bloom as his muse — the actress, activist, dancer and model who in March became Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue’s first trans model of color. “When we were shooting [the look book], I thought we needed to call this ‘American Beauty’ because that’s what this is,” Glemaud said of his inclusive vision.
No schlump or shapeless sweaters here: Glemaud’s brand is about strength and sensuality. A sexy winter-white rib turtleneck minidress with elongated cuffs; a red silk cashmere halter bra top and side-slit tube skirt set, and a cropped camel cable knit polo and matching skirt with black piping were made for easing back into dressing to impress without sacrificing softness.
Victor Glemaud Resort 2022
“It’s this idea of taking American sportswear elements and putting it into knitwear, taking the camel of Claire McCardell, the pattern of Stephen Burrows, the red of Halston…and putting it into knitwear with a sensual drape,” he said. An extra dose of chic? Snoods. “It’s an accessory you wear under your jacket, with a sweatshirt…playing with it in different ways,” he said.
Adding a distinct athleticism were Glemaud’s signature Vs as a cable appliqué graphic on top of sweaters, and side stripes on pants and skirts. (He’s got another collaboration with Fitbit coming up, and would seem a great candidate for a tie-up with an activewear brand like Lululemon, too.)
Glemaud is looking forward to September, when he’ll be showing on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. “I have a whole idea about how to commemorate that.…I grew up in Queens, this is my city, I’m thrilled when there is more energy than not,” he said of the buzz that is building for in-person shows this fall. “It always helps when there are more people, it helps in terms of sales and visibility.”
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