On Wednesday morning, John Elliott, the American sportswear designer who dominated last year's NYFW:M, presented his Fall/Winter 2017 “Stretch the Floor” collection. The show—creative directed by Nate Brown and Institute—and the line were inspired by Elliott’s love for basketball and his aspirations as an athlete (Elliott played AAU basketball growing up).

Days before Elliott presented his biggest collection—45 looks, including a collaboration with Nike and the brand’s first suit offerings—the designer welcomed Complex into his world, and his process. Here's a diary by Elliott where he breaks down what the days before the show were like, how he felt after after unveiling his 10th collection, and why this was one of the toughest shows yet.

As told to Karizza Sanchez.