The inaugural first of its kind men’s fashion week in New York was an unique opportunity for fashion designers of the nation to present their latest creations right on their home ground. Menswear designers from all over America rushed to New York this week to showcase their latest designs at one of the most important men’s fashion event of the globe. The 4 days event which culminated last Thursday saw over 40 different labels presenting their spring 2016 collections in the New York Fashion Week for men.
Compared to the hectic schedule of other Fashion weeks across the world, the New York Fashion week for Men was a relatively civilized affair. The majority of the events took place in the downtown space of Skylight Clarkson Square. The events were thoughtfully spaced so that the participants get enough time to get ready for the next which rid the need to pick and choose events as fashion week attendees are always faced with. The smooth schedule of the entire event ensured that delays were kept to a minimum.
It’s good to find New York keeping up with its counterparts in Europe by organizing a Fashion Week exclusively for men with more than 3000 press and buyers rushing in to witness the history making spectacle.
The event was organized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) who are also behind the New York Fashion Week for women’s wear. Till date all fashion weeks exclusively for men took place in Paris, London and Milan. The NY Fashion Week for men was thus a one of a kind opportunity for menswear designers of USA who finally found a platform to showcase their creations. This event was part of an attempt to bring back those American designers who have been participating in European shows so as to capitalize in the recent sales boom in menswear. The event also seeks to uplift the profile of various labels of American menswear which had so far been overshadowed by their European counterparts.
The Designers and their Craft
The director of fashion feature of i-D Magazine, Anders Christian Madsen highlights the blend of modernity and functionality which was the distinguishing feature of NYFW this year. The dominance of the well tailored navy blazer and the drop shoulder shirts goes to prove this fact. Commercial clothing by some of the most well known New York brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, John Varvatos along with some of the lesser known names like Billy Reid, Rag and Bone, Michael Bastian and Todd Snyder were showcased in the event.
For years women dominated the fashion scene on a global scale so a fashion week dedicated entirely to menswear has brought fourth all the internationally recognized talents of the nation. Let us take a quick glance at some of the designers whose work will surely become familiar with anyone with who stays up to date with the world of menswear.
Public School: One of the most talked about labels in men’s wear of New York City, Public School was founded by the designer duo Maxwell Osbourne and Dao Yi Chow. Public School features stylish contemporary outfits which are more of sportswear with a street flavor. Public School has already garnered some of the most prestigious awards like the CFDA Swarovski Award of 2013 and the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year Award in 2014. In contrast with the all white catwalks of Milan or Paris, the show of the Public School was overwhelmingly diverse featuring models of all colors which is what this blog is all about.
Their striped blazers were an instant success while the streetwears of Dao Yi Chow and Maxwell Osbourne were firmly rooted in NY street culture.
Robert Geller who along with Alexandre Plokhov started the much talked about label – ‘Cloak’ brought forward some of his latest old school creations which were dominated by rich shades of blue. His boat necked tops and paper bag shorts created a lasting impression.
Orley: This designer trio comprises of Alex Orley, his brother Matthew Orley along with Samantha Orley the wife of Matthew. Their focus was on quality Italian woolens.
Tim Coppens’ brief stint with Ralph Lauren and Adidas led him to start his very own athletic inspired brand. His wardrobe for the NYFW came with his usual creative contemporary basics along with his geometric prints sports jackets. His sportswear garnered the attention of critics and he has been described as one of the most promising young designer whose works keep getting better.
Rag and Bone showcased its sports collection and John Varvatos finally decided to return to NY after showcasing in Milan for years. The menswear presentation of Calvin Klein was nothing more than an excuse for a late afternoon champagne session. Their collection was just displayed in Milan the last month and therefore it doesn’t come as anything new. However this event was a huge opportunity for upcoming designers. Damien Paul the head of menswear at Matchesfashion.com has commented that the New York Fashion Week has witnessed a big boom in menswear. So far the New York fashion scenario was dominated by female consumers but now menswear sales are going up every season.
What Made the NYFW Different?
Luke Day the editor of GQ style says that the American aesthetic is distinctly different from that of London can be witnessed at the New York Fashion Week for Men. Unlike the chic appeal of Milan fashion week or the eccentricity of London fashion week, the designers of NYFW focused more on the commercial side of fashion. Most of the clothes presented on the show bordered on the conservative, though outrageous dressing was not that uncommon among the audience.
Celebrities and retailers:
The New York Fashion Week for Men didn’t lack in celebrities. Some of the most heard of names include that of NBA star Dwyane Wade and actress Gabrielle Union his wife. Darren Criss of ‘Glee’ and Joe Jonas were also spotted. The official ambassador of the week was Victor Cruz- the most well dressed player of the NFL.
The retailers were supportive enough, and one could find Bloomingdale hosting a tailgate event offering free snacks and beverages. Amazon fashion was the major sponsor of the event and it has been announced that the next year’s Men’s Fashion Week in Now York would take place between 28’th -31’st January 2016.