Chubby folk are out of luck here as Dave 1's (aka David Macklovitch) 18-piece collection isn't intended for a wide variety of body types—think Dior rather than J.Crew by which we mean really high armholes and extra-skinny sleeves and legs—very much in line with Dave 1's personal style. The look is classic and minimal—a Frank & Oak MO—using midnight blues, whites and olives blended with Dave's rock & roll aesthetic.
The inspiration here was the disheveled elegance of the South of France: the Stones recording Exile at Nellcôte, manly gents who arent afraid to pose next to a bouquet of flowers, the morning after a wedding...I like to think of it as a complete wardrobe: essential pieces that can all be effortlessly combined.
To celebrate the collaboration, Frank & Oak will host an official launch party on May 15 in New York City. There's a contest running from April 29 - May 10 giving fans the chance to win a trip to meet Dave 1 at the NYC event. More info on that here.
Price points will run an affordable gamut: low-cut tees ($30), button-ups ($65), white jeans ($75) and summer blazers (starting at $155). Look for the collection to land on May 21, available exclusively through the Frank & Oak website.
We tossed out a few questions to Dave 1 about the collection, his thoughts on fashion, style, character and the mysterious X factor not many are privy to.
Who are your top three musical style icons?
Honorable mentions: Rick James and Cam'ron
It works both ways…a strong personality has a stylistic counterpart, but I think your style can also make you get into character.
This capsule collection is a first for you, creatively were you more impulsive with your approach or did you have a sketch in mind going in?
I came at it from a very practical standpoint: what are key, classic pieces that are hard to find? The perfect button down, the perfect midnight blue tux jacket. And then I wanted everything to work together in different combinations. It's more of a wardrobe than a collection, really.
Frank & Oak have a very traditional sense of style; did their tradition affect how liberal you were with design ideas?
To an extent. I kept it classic. I also wear biker jackets and leather pants—that wouldn't have fit with their approach. But I stressed that I wanted all my pieces cut slimmer than what they usually do. Really high armholes, really skinny sleeves and legs. Less J.Crew and more Dior—but infinitely more affordable than those two.
What role, if any, did music have in the creative process of this collection?
The theme was summer in the South of France. Which I associate with the Rolling Stones recording Exile on Main Street out there, all strung out on heroine but impeccably dressed, always. Same goes for all my fave musicians: they all have this disheveled elegance. So you can take the tux jacket I designed or the white jeans I designed and subvert them: wear them dirty, wear them with the wrong things. That pairing of opposites which somehow works reminds me of the chemistry between myself and Pee.
Does character invent style or does your style invent character? Or is there a mysterious X factor only you are privy to?
It works both ways. Obviously a strong personality has a stylistic counterpart, but I think your style can also make you get into character. There's nothing wrong with that. Look at Bowie. Style and character mutually inform each other.
Your music or taste in fashion, which one conveys your sense of style most?
Music comes first for me. If you look at the earlier Chromeo photos, I didn't know what the hell I was doing, fashion-wise. Pee's always been on point though. But in my case, my music and my sense of fashion don't match. Well, maybe they do...in a Robert Palmer kind of way.
...fashion is a huge influence on the form and the content of the music
It’s been discussed many times how music influences fashion, but what influence do you think fashion has on music?
Look at how A$AP name checks fashion designers as sources of inspiration. Kanye started that with his friend McQueen. I think that in rap especially—inasmuch as it borrows from a fashion world that was, initially, a totally different sphere (Versace didn't design glasses with Biggie in mind), fashion is a huge influence on the form and the content of the music.
Can you put together a playlist for your collection, the music you’d like to hear as you watched your line come down the runway.
1. Rolling Stones "Shake Your Hips"
2. Death From Above 1979 "Romantic Rights"
3. Paul McCartney "Temporary Secretary"
4. Daft Punk "Veridis Quo"
5. Bach "Harpsichord Concerto 1 in D minor"
If everybody in electronic music was jaded, wed have a problem.
On the music side, you’ve been working on the new Chromeo album for about a year now, has there been one particular moment in the process that you felt like you are creating something pretty damn special or unique?
From the beginning, really. Because it's been Pee and I in the studio together full time, as opposed to living in different cities. So we've been writing more, writing with ambition, pushing ourselves. And then on a couple of poppier, catchier songs on the album we were like "whoa we've never done that." We're just pushing...you'll hear it in the music.
What should everyone just shut the fuck up about?
I know you expect me to say trap music, but some of my good friends make it! Really, all the chatter is so entertaining, I don't want it to stop. People are engaged and passionate—that's a good sign. If everybody in electronic music was jaded, we'd have a problem.