NEW YORK -- The Collection: Marlon Gobel's spring-summer 2013 menswear collection, titled "The Stars," was shown at the New York Public Library at Lincoln Center on Saturday, during New York Fashion Week.
The inspiration: Nicholas Humphrey's writings on "the biological advantage of being awestruck," a Stanford University study about the psychological benefits of awe and the affect of the Hubble Space Telescope on the human psyche.
The look: The collection included a range of body-hugging suits in shimmering metallic gold and silver (and one pattern that looked like retro-future computer code); twinkling, gleaming shirts; silver Mylar hoodies and several bomber jackets with a blinged-out space shuttle embroidery over the left breast; and an orange quilted ensemble with white contrast taping that felt equal parts motocross and “Tron.” There was also a grab bag of more earthbound pieces: raw denim jeans, corduroy trousers, plaid shirts, and suits with bold Mid-Century Modern patterns (for the folks back at Mission Control, we presume). Gobel usually closes his runway shows with a women's look, and this season's included a thigh-grazing black, orange and gray skirt photo-printed with the fiery blastoff of a space shuttle launch. [Updated 9/10/12, 2:53 p.m. Eastern]* (Shortly after we posted our initial review, an e-mail landed in out inbox to let us know that the aforementioned skirt was designed by Ashley Mertz of Go Chase Rabbits.)