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J6 2023 Fall Ready-to-Wear Collection

A new wave of female rappers is in the spotlight, but in the 90 years, they rarely get the shine. This year’s hip-hop turns a lot of nostalgic creative types, including J6 designer James Garland. On the surface, his new collection is a nod to women like Lil Kim and Foxy Brown who paved the way. “They’re all from my neighborhood in Brooklyn. I actually grew up three blocks from Lil Kim and went to the same school as Foxy, so the references are pretty close for me,” Garland says .

The designer used the famous line from Lil Kim boasting about being “the only woman on my team” as a jump-starter for fall, along with all the imagery centered around her bombastic style. In lieu of her signature mink and chinchilla coats, J6 offers eye-catching shearling. A floor-sweeping navy top with baby blue lining is a stunning piece—stunning model Anok Yai wore Garland’s double-heeled shearling-lined stilettos for a lookbook—at a time when statement coats compete for attention.

Since launching last year, the fledgling label has made major strides in the overall outerwear category; the J6-logo leather jacket has been seen on rapper ASAP Rocky, among others. In fact, it was Garland’s bespoke designs for the Harlem rapper that inspired the fall menswear collection. “We’ve done womenswear accessories in the past, but this year we’re planning to do menswear,” Garland explained. Along with a maxi-length acid-wash denim barn jacket and baggy jeans, there’s a motocross-inspired jumpsuit that can be detached at various points on the body. Unzip the layers and the look quickly transforms from a onesie to a traditional biker jacket. Plus, there’s a matching leather baby carrier for cool new dads like Rocky.

Womenswear embraced this convertible approach to dressing as well—naturally, there was a skintight version of a biker jumpsuit that slipped off to hot pants. The transformative aspect of the series is a nod to Garland’s experiences as a gay teenager growing up in Clinton Hill and hanging out in the village. “When you take the subway down to West Fourth Street, you completely change your outfit,” he said, “and I really wanted to do that with clothes.” There are rows of small buttons at the center, which can be torn off at any time. There are even button-down sleeves for those who prefer full coverage. Those stealthy 3-in-1 pieces are sure to be a hit next season.

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