Trail of Kings
by Brittnye Webbearl
Fashion designer Alicia Pinckney held her first showcase for her Spring/Summer 2014 collection on December 7th, showcasing her menswear clothing line, G. Leon 1938. A recent fashion design graduate from Philadelphia University, Pinckney knew she wanted to pursue fashion design since elementary school, sketching designs even before receiving her first sewing machine.
Held at Black Eyed Studios at Germantown Avenue and Pastorius Street, the showcase was an intimate affair featuring Pinckney’s Trail of Kings collection, accompanied by music and art. Pinckney described the event as, “the launch of the new direction of G. Leon.” The evening began with sounds by DJ MotifTheAMBSDR spinning tracks that were reminiscent of Dior at New York fashion week at the legendary Bryant Park. Sleek, funky, and sophisticated, the music gave a great foreshadowing of what was to come.
Shortly after, Pinckney debuted a short film featuring and dedicated to her grandfather, who was robbed and murdered, and who is the namesake for her line G.Leon 1938. According to Pinckney, she chose to name her clothing line after him to, “keep him a part of everything I do.” Pinckney described the line as, “a contemporary menswear line embodying art and design. Classic silhouettes captured through one-of-a-kind color ways and prints for the modern, stylish man.”
After her tribute, Rapper Drew Mills of the collective ASPCP took to the stage and performed his latest tracks with Dj MotifTheAMBSDR, soon followed by a presentation of the Trail of Kings video lookbook done by Devon Dooley. Pinckney said that her inspiration for the collection was, “the trail of tears in Native American culture, which was the time Native American’s were forced to relocate. Trail of Kings embodies this relocation by traveling to one common destination.” The visual lookbook was musically accompanied by a sample of Kanye West’s, “Blood on the Leaves.”
After watching the visual, “Blood on the Leaves” continued to play, only this time with a live band performing the song as the eight male “kings” and one female “queen” lined up. One by one, they walked down the runway showcasing the collection. It was apparent by the choice of colors and fabrics that the collection was inspired by Native American culture. With colors such as brick red against slate grey, and various shades of tans and beiges, the color choices made for an organic feel to the clothes. Body art by Nebulus Flair adorned the models and helped to enhance the Native American feel. “I am obsessed with muted colors and colors that reflect nature,” Pinckney said.
When asked why she chose to design menswear over women’s clothing, she explained, “I have more fun when I design menswear. It forces me to really use my creativity because there aren’t many basic silhouettes to go to. Menswear is all about detail and how you can play with color and prints.”
For the future, Pinkney envisions G. Leon being a top menswear with a showroom and retail space. “I would love for it to get its start as a web based brand until I reach the proper contacts to reach storefronts.”
Pinckney plans to sell the summer collection by the end of the winter season, available at gleon1938.com.