He did just that for his last collection, showing a comparatively subdued menswear line that still featured his signature flourishes -- consider the elephant-skin motorcycle jacket he sent down the catwalk on figure skater, Johnny Weir. There's a glam touch to Levine's sensibility, which has also found fans in the Scissor Sisters and the Black Eyed Peas.
Raised in Port Charlotte, Florida, the designer moved to New York to study at Pace University. While at school, he transformed his basement apartment into a workshop and turned clothier full-time after graduating. He wanted to make clothes he could wear out at night, doubtless influenced by a trip to New York when he was 16, that included an evening out at the Maritime Hotel, where he met nightlife legends Richie Rich and Amanda Lepore. "I knew it instantly," he recalls. "I belonged here."
ASHER WEARS CAPE BY ASHER LEVINE, PANTS BY ARMANI AND BRACELET BY EDDIE BORGO.
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