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“American menswear has never been stronger or more creative.”
— Steve Kolb, CEO of the Council of Fashion Designers of America
Last week, over 40 brands showcased its Spring/Summer 2016 collection at New York first annual men's fashion week and it was a HUGE success.
It was amazing to not only see a live runway show in person, but to witness the evolution of men's fashion. In the past, runway for men was tied to the word "metrosexual", meaning it was only meant for rich, single, "pretty boys" living in metropolitan areas — but it's evident that times have changed. Rather than traditional suits and ties, the runways were clearly inspired by everyday consumers: wearable industrial looks, distressed materials, and lots of denim. Many designers seemed to also create gender-fluid collections as many of the pieces can be worn by women.
The models also represented the progressive change in the industry as majority of the men were a person of color and didn't fit the stereotypical mold of a model. In my personal opinion, the diversity of the models made the clothes come to life. It made it easy for viewers to picture themselves wearing the attire. Heck, I was picturing myself in most of the collections!
All in all, NYFW: Men's was ah-maz-ing and I applaud the CFDA, sponsors, models, and the designers for bringing the male dedicated week to New York City. Now that you got a sense of the styles, trends, and how NYFW:M is breaking the mold, check out my favorite 5 brands that did it the best:
Top 5 NYFW:Men's Brands
The winner of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund designed a progressive yet supremely wearable sportswear line that resembled uniforms. Aside from the collection, Public School also had the most impressive line of models which included street-style/fashion influencer, Nick Wooster, Waris Ahluwalia, better known as Twin Shadow, and many more.
(Photo Credit: Public School)
Seattle-based brand, Maiden Noir's "Remember Remember" collection tells the story of the designer's vacation memories. Each piece resembles the "cool guy's" tourist attire to any fashionable vacation — Bermuda shorts, khaki pants, and bucket hats.
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Concept Korea - Ordinary People
Designer Jan Hyeong-Cheol married lounge wear attire with contemporary designs to craft a unique and fashion-forward collection. Many garments included volume in unusual places which transformed classic silhouettes into sportier styles, which caters more to the every day male consumer.
(Photo Credit: Leigh Moose for Carolina STYLE Magazine)
Siki Im brought back the 90's with a streetwear edge in its latest collection. The designer created a gritty but angelic line that translate to the youth by integrating deconstructed blazer and pants, sweat pants, baggy denim jeans and varsity socks. I can definitely see this collection as the ultimate weekend wear for the cool kids in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
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Matiere's "Textured Modernism" collection combines comfort and function to create a line that reflects the casual trends within the streetwear culture. The brand marries unexpected textual fabrics with optic white and oceanic blue palettes, making each piece in the collection to look high-end, modern, and innovative.
(Photo Credit: Matiere)