“I love references,” says Charles Harbison, “and putting disparate things together.” The American sportswear maven is not understating the case. Ask the Charlotte, North Carolina, native about the inspirations for his debut New York Fashion Week presentation and you’ll get a veritable laundry list (or an object lesson in divine bricolage, depending on how you see things): “Preppiness, Yves Klein, Aaliyah’s ‘Rock the Boat,’ and a Slim Aarons photo of Katharine Hepburn in a Rolls-Royce at Montego Bay.”
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