NEW YORK FASHION WEEK: MEN'S

John Elliott Has Also Had a Hard Week, So for Fall 2017, He Headed for the Basketball Courts

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Photo by Simbarashe Cha.

“Say I was to walk out there with a crutch—how silly would that look?” the designer John Elliott said with a laugh, gesturing to the runway where he’d just shown his fall 2017 collection at New York Fashion Week: Men’s, which he’d redone to resemble a basketball court. These days, at 34, that’s about the closest Elliott will get to the formative but “not very forgiving” games of his youth, but “old age” has also brought the budding designer increasing maturity when it comes his namesake label, which was more refined than ever this season with tailored suiting and a new Nike collab. Not that there wasn’t Elliott’s usual offering of traditional American sportswear in there, too. “My whole inspiration for this season was really the cultural exchange that takes place as a result of sport,” Elliott said, acknowledging the theme turned out to be particularly fitting this “difficult” week, “with everything that’s been going on with Trump.” It was also, it seemed, a welcome distraction—or at least the skateboarding, ponytailed male models backstage seemed to think so.

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Backstage scene from John Elliot Spring 2017.

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Backstage scene from John Elliot Spring 2017.

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Backstage scene from John Elliot Spring 2017.

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Backstage scene from John Elliot Spring 2017.

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Backstage scene from John Elliot Spring 2017.

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Backstage scene from John Elliot Spring 2017.

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Backstage scene from John Elliot Spring 2017.

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Backstage scene from John Elliot Spring 2017.

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Backstage scene from John Elliot Spring 2017.

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Backstage scene from John Elliot Spring 2017.

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Backstage scene from John Elliot Spring 2017.

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Backstage scene from John Elliot Spring 2017.

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Backstage scene from John Elliot Spring 2017.

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Backstage scene from John Elliot Spring 2017.

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Backstage scene from John Elliot Spring 2017.

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Backstage scene from John Elliot Spring 2017.

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Backstage scene from John Elliot Spring 2017.

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Backstage scene from John Elliot Spring 2017.

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Backstage scene from John Elliot Spring 2017.

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Backstage scene from John Elliot Spring 2017.

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Backstage scene from John Elliot Spring 2017.

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Backstage scene from John Elliot Spring 2017.