Adam Selman’s Fresh Vision of Americana

Adam Selman’s Fresh Vision of Americana

If there’s one thing to know about Adam Selman, it’s that his collections are the furthest thing from boring.

This season, Selman delivers a lively interpretation of the new Americana, and his positive rendition is much appreciated given the tense political climate.

People are running from America like it’s a bad word,” Selman tells Vogue before the show. “So I wanted to run toward it, embrace it even more.”

Adam Selman S/S18

The opening look for Adam Selman S/S18.

Opening the show was a stunning floor-sweeping shirt dress cut from weightless, white cotton-poplin with a complementing boxer brief short. Was Selman relaying the message of a clean slate in his first look? Only if you look that deep into fashion.

Look after look, Selman’s take on today was uplifting and lighthearted with the standout pieces using the textile most synonymous with American fashion: denim.

As one of the label’s hallmark materials, denim made appearances left and right in styles of overalls, jackets and jeans— some detailed with printed iris flowers printed along the cuffs and hems. The iris flower seemed to be a common theme throughout the show as Selman collaborated with Papyrus and Daniel Sean Murphy to create a set featuring over 900 iris flowers crafted from 1,300 sheets of navy paper.

With a color palette predominantly being red, white and blue, there were few pops of color in glossy silks that stood out. An orange slip dress with red trims and faux pearl spaghetti straps featured a tasteful slit and commanded attention with a tonal coat.

My personal favorite had to be the all black pajama suit with contrasting piping. Let’s be real, Americans are lazy, but who says we can’t do leisure in style?

And lest we not forget how popular Selman’s collaboration with Le Specs is. The designer is still getting much praise for his now-iconic frames and showcased a few new styles that we will all be dying to get our hands on next spring.

Written by Anthony O’Baner
Images courtesy of Adam Selman