By Stacia Friedman
After decades of playing step-sister to Womens Fashion Week, menswear is finally having a moment all its own. Kiss Milan goodbye. Hello New York! Over 50 menswear designers are strutting their stuff, showing Spring/Summer 2016 Collections at Skylight Clarkson Square, July 13-16.
Hosted by the<a href=”http://cfda.com” target=”_blank”> Council of Fashion Designers of America</a> and sponsored by Amazon, the impact of the Start-Up Generation is evident in designs that crossed lines between business, athletic and street wear. Nylon hoodies under tailored jackets. Snug jackets worn with shorts. (No baggies, please. The new shorts are trim and stop above the knee.) Midnight blue is the new black. And when it comes to the cut of a suit – the look is narrow. Skinny sleeves and legs, forego the break. And forgettabout socks.
<a href=”http://www.quistyle.com/archives/56003″>Mangue Banzima</a>, QuiStyle’s Creative Director and Style Director, covered the excitement of the show’s first day. “This was supposed to be all about men, but some of the best dressed attendees were women in menswear, including an androgynous <a href=”http://www.quistyle.com/archives/56310″>female model in a loose-fitting jumpsuit</a>, open to the waist, who seemed to tacitly acknowledge the blurring of gender boundaries. Plus a <a href=”http://www.quistyle.com/archives/56321″>savvy sister in a three-piece, pin-striped, linen shorts suit.</a>”
All the usual suspects are there: Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, John Varvatos, Calvin Klein, Perry Ellis. But also some newbees including <a href=”http://www.quistyle.com/archives/56316″>David Hart whose color-blocked shirts are a knockout</a>. But the real standouts, as always, were fashions worn by the attendees. The dapper Dan who paired an admiral blue, double-breasted jacket with ethnic-print pants.
To add glitz, Mens Fashion Week anointed eight celebrity Ambassadors from the worlds of sports, film and culinary stardom, including: Victor Cruz of the New York Giants, Master Chef Marcus Samulesson and model/actor Tyson Beckford.
All photos by Mangue Banzima.
Stacia Friedman is a freelance writer and former fashion designer.
Just like that, NYFW is a wrap!
Looking back through the week, it was fashion over comfort. The cold never bothered these fashionistas anyway. The women offered an eclectic range of styles- from avant garde masterpieces to athletic goth. Winter white paired with camel was a popular, classic look among the ladies. Some even dared to dream of spring with refreshing pastels. any played it safe with neutrals, a little texture, and over the top heels to stand out.
2015 is the year of the MAN. I’m sorry ladies, but the men stole the spotlight of NYFW. Beards, three-piece suits, loafers, and classic fedoras galore… Need we say more? The dapper gents pieced together a perfect winter attire with neutral coats and sharp accessories. Dressed all in a similar style, each man brought their own element making every ensemble invigorating to study. From bow ties to fur, these men did not disappoint.
Fringe and Fur are in.
When forced to face subzero temps, many embraced fur. Fashion blogger from The Haute Pursuit was seen throughout the week with this divine chartreuse fur stole that paired magnificently with her blonde bombshell hair. Actually, a lot of dyed fur was on the scene adding texture and warmth, quite literally.
Fringe is no longer just a biker’s accessory. Jackets and fringe skirts made an appearance. With a little wind and the right catwalk, fringe can cause quite a spectacle. Black leather fringe was the most popular, which is no surprise. After all, this is New York.