A few hours before the CFDA Fashion Awards, the Gramercy Park Hotel has become a congregation of fashion’s coolest kids. Hood By Air’s Shayne Oliver—who later that night will be recognized for his cult label’s design with the Swarovski Award for Menswear—is getting HBA spray-painted in silver on the back of his head. Meanwhile his date, model Binx Walton, the industry’s stunning all-in-good-fun troublemaker, is grabbing a chicken wing, still halfway through hair and makeup, with a lacquered kiss curl peeking out from under a hair wrap. The chemistry is undeniable, almost electric between the two. It wouldn’t be far off to think that between the exchange of jokes and sarcastic winks over a soundtrack that vibrates with “Curious” by Midnight Star, that they’ve known each other for years. After all, Oliver has Walton’s style down pat—it was those Hood By Air hoodies paired with her low-slung pants and marijuana leaf-printed socks (she’s wearing them today, too) that first put her on the street style map.
Their professional union seems inevitable now, but it all started in the midst of “Binx Fever,” which Oliver refers to as the time period when the two became mutually aware of each other, connected through Walton’s agent, a friend of Oliver’s. “He called and was like, ‘I have this girl named Binx and she is so into your work.’ I was like, ‘What is she into? I don’t know what she wants.’ Finally, he sent me some stuff and I was like ‘Oh, she’s going to want some skanky pieces, and when I saw the hoodie I was like, ‘Oh! That’s a cute girl, she’s the bomb.’ Then I saw her running around in the clothes,” says Oliver. “She just seems so relaxed and fits in so naturally.”
Meanwhile, Walton says she was drawn to the androgynous quality of Hood By Air. “Their style is very much tomboyish but still a lady,” says Walton. “It is like crossing over into both worlds, which I do in a lot of ways. Some people try to make me a boy and some people try to make me a girl, so it kind of fits perfectly.”
Their pre-CFDA matchup is once again the perfect meeting of two worlds. Though the gown is a very different look from Walton’s typical wardrobe of slung-over hoodies, she maneuvers through the room wearing it like a second skin. It’s tight-fitting, made from men’s suiting (“We work with what we know best!” says Oliver), a bit of a riff on a bandage dress, with tiered geometric cutouts and spaghetti straps intertwined down the back, along with a chiffon train. As for her shoes, they are Oliver’s futuristic Avalanche boots, snow-white with a hefty platform, but tricked out for an ice-cold take on evening wear, bedazzled with glitter. (Walton says she couldn’t be happier about not going in heels.) The design originally started out as a project for Blac Chyna for an editorial on how to make a stripper look formal, and a later version went to Binx.
“We are swagging it out for sure,” says Oliver. “The dress is glamorous but we are putting her in our boots so there are no heels. It is very attitude-driven. If you would go to the event like this, we’d go to Midtown and get costume jewelry to add a bit more pizzazz to this, and personal style. That is what I think is happening in this look. She basically has on construction boots and thugged-out jewelry with a dress.”
So how long have the two actually known each other? According to Walton, it’s just today. “This is the first time!” Oliver interjects. “It was the after-party in Paris. It was a blast and everyone was on a next level.” But Binx quickly reaffirms, “I meant working together professionally!” Exact dates don’t matter after all, watching Oliver and Walton pose arm-and-arm, almost as if they are off to a chilled-out wedding with Oliver in tights, shorts, black platform shoes, and an asymmetrical tux spliced with zippers, alongside Binx, who juts her hip out in the white gown—the portrait of a perfect marriage. On this evening it looks like they have in fact really known each other forever—and that this partnership is one of many more to come.
Sittings Editor: Taylor McNeil
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