Jason-Pierre Paul at the New Generation Fashion Tour by Uomo Moderno, Dressed by Ray Vincente
Several weeks ago, I received a phone call from the PR office of Jason-Pierre Paul, who plays defensive back for the New York Giants.
Although I was honored by the request to have Jason star in our New York show as the guest model, I was also perplexed as to what he would wear.
I called a few designer friends in Italy, but each told me that there was no way they could design for a man of this size.
So one night while I lay in bed, it came to me like a bolt of lightning! My friend Ray Brown! He can design for anyone!
The next day I contacted him, and with a label like his—Ray Vincente—he was the closest one to an Italian designer!
But Ray spent lots of time in Europe where he acquired a taste for fitted clothes and elegant styles for men. In his own words:
“Having spent some of my 20s in Europe, I have a great appreciation for the style esthetic, in particular for menswear. I like how it goes against the norm and tries fabrics, colors, and silhouettes that are different and presents a different point of view.”
Ray did a fantastic job in dressing Jason-Pierre Paul, and Jason did a wonderful “first time” catwalk on the runway at our show!
After the show, Ray commented on Jason:
“He is truly a character as is shown by his runway appearance: full of life and great confidence and comfortable with himself and others. I had not designed for his proportions prior, so it was a wonderful challenge. His personality and willingness to let me try a few different looks made the experience all the more enjoyable. Would love to work with him again!”
It was a great honor to meet Jason-Pierre Paul in person, to go to his home, and to do a personal fitting.
I also was thrilled to have the wonderful pleasure to work side by side with Ray, who summed up the New Generation Fashion Tour:
“I think it is a refreshing change and a great cultural exchange! I hope it continues. The designers each have a strong point of view in the collections and the runway show was strong. I like in the NY show how the audience was able to have photos opps with the collection directly after the runway presentation. I also like that there were models of various heights as opposed to all the same. I would like to see the tour go to even more cities. I also like the atmosphere created with the music, ambiance, and food. The event created a ‘total experience’ for the audience that I think the will continue to remember fondly.”
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