Stylist-to-the-stars Leo Velasquez added 'designer' to his resume last year when he debuted his much anticipated label, Evident Future during New York Fashion Week.
After years dressing musicians like Usher, Miguel, and Kid Cudi, as well as NBA star Lamar Odom, Velasquez decided men needed some serious help in the style department. So it was 'LV The Stylist,' as he is known in fashion circles, to the rescue.
'Men need to step out of their comfort zone a lot more. And that is what I am here for, to teach them how to do that,' the designer admitted. Originally, he wanted his first collection to be unisex, but this epiphany lead him to design solely for a 'fearless man,' who, he says, 'will inspire the future.' And taking cues from the late Alexander McQueen, Jeremy Scott, and Gareth Pugh, Evident Future's motorcycle jackets with removable sleeves, leather pants that sit as comfortably as well-worn jeans, metallic vests, and reflective visors seem to be doing just that - inspiring the future of a different kind of menswear.
Do you have a secret talent?
I'm pretty good at basketball, and I have also been a barber since the age of 13.
In your previous life you were?
A king... I remember it taking place in the Future.
The quality you most admire in a man/woman?
Intelligence and effortless confidence is the sexiest in a woman.
Who was the first person to break your heart?
When my babysitter died when I was around seven years old. I remember crying for days.
Favorite food that brings back childhood memories?
Song that defines you?
KIDS / MGMT
Photos by Kevin Amato
words by Olivia Fleming