Reza Farahan's husband Adam Neely almost stole the show during one episode of Watch What Happens Live in May, as you can see in the above clip. That was not only due to his charm but also the orange, yellow, and brown crochet onesie he rocked behind the Bravo Clubhouse bar.
Adam has never been afraid to take some risks when it comes to fashion. Did you see that leopard print suit he wore to the cat party earlier this season of Shahs of Sunset, hello? But this ensemble, designed by Lord von Schmitt, especially caught our eye.
Apparently, we have Reza to thank for that. "Reza left a hilarious message on my answering machine asking me for a crochet outfit with 1970's colors because that's his 'jam,'" Lord von Schmitt designer, tailor, and photographer Schuyler Ellers told The Daily Dish via email. "I immediately envisioned Reza or Adam in a crochet body-suit, strutting around the studio like the Partridge family."
Adam works his crochet onesie behind the bar of the Bravo Clubhouse on WWHL.
After connecting with Reza, Schuyler got right to work searching for "the most wonderful tones of ochre and cream in lightning bolt zig zags to capture the flavor of that decade" in Adam's onesie. Schuyler said he thinks Reza would also look "great" in a onesie or matching leg warmers.
However, Lord von Schmitt's creations have more connections to the past than just the way they look. "Crochet onesies are a humorous throwback to disco-era dance floors, but they are also timeless, sustainable garments made from recycled materials," Schuyler explained. "All of my garments start out as pieces of original American folk art, crocheted by hand in the 1970s and '80s. I discovered these textiles have amazing potential to stretch, to be lightweight and comfortable, and to get a lot of attention everywhere you go."
Lord von Schmitt's "crochet onesies are a humorous throwback to disco-era dance floors," designer Schuyler Ellers described to The Daily Dish.
That last bit is clear to see in all of Lord von Schmitt's designs, which include everything from leg warmers to shorts to overalls in multicolored crochet patterns and are available to purchase through the label's Etsy store now. Schuyler got his start knitting and crocheting the more traditional garments of hats and bikinis in the mid-2000s, but after spotting some afghan blankets in thrift stores, he wondered if he could make those more unconventional items of clothing in this style. After receiving "an overwhelming response at parties," he expanded his line.
Lord von Schmitt sells a wide variety of designs, including fringed pants, shrugs, and robes.
Everything about the designs of Lord von Schmitt, whose name is "a kind of artistic alter ego" for Schuyler since he adopted the pseudonym to send prank emails in the late 1990s, is meant to be bold. "We're vivid and eye-catching, psychedelic and sustainable. We make a bold statement about the environment, the state of the fashion industry, and everything that's become so boring in men's clothing," Schuyler explained. "We love the look of the 1970s and 80s, but want to create a style that's never existed before. And it has to be funny, so funny that I make myself laugh."
So far, Kelly Ripa has had a good laugh at Lord von Schmitt on LIVE with Kelly and Michael, as well as Porsha Williams and the rest of her Dish Nation crew (clip below). However, Schuyler said he'd like to see the royals don his designs next, specifically Prince Charles in a purple crochet onesie with fringe.
While we wait and see if that ever happens (and we certainly hope it does), Lord von Schmitt already has big plans for the future. Schuyler will be traveling to Bolivia this month to work on the line with a free trade organization of knit and crochet artists. "I'm excited to expand into new areas of sustainable fashion, and to be able to control the colors and patterns of my designs," he said. "I can't wait to see what a combined effort will do for my line."
We certainly can't wait to see what Lord von Schmitt thinks of next.
See more of Reza's fashion evolution in these throwback pics, below.