Men's New York Fashion Week
With 70 shows and presentations, Men's’ New York Fashion Week is firmly established and more important than ever to the industry, attracting hundreds of designers, models, editors, buyers, and fans.
As usual, this year's event in late January and February gave those attending a grittier experience than the more extravagant runway exhibitions in Milan and Paris. It has a looser feel, making it more relaxed for everyone who attends. I think it's a good way to end the fall-winter season of men’s shows - when you’re doing something big, you want to go out with a bang.
2017’s event saw the return of Todd Snyder, Ralph Lauren, and other favorites. There was also exciting work from the likes of Raf Simons, Represent, and indie label Dim Mak. I think my favorite shows this year were Raf Simons and the Yeezy Season 5 Show.5
Here is my standout selection from Men's New York Fashion Week.
Billy Reid succeeded in creating a look for fall-winter that was both compelling and satisfying. His line was full of washed corduroy, textural wool, and luxurious cashmere. With dinner jackets and suits, and soft overcoats, his line expressed an appealing blend of understated confidence and flair.
Considered by some as the king of colorful coats, if you want something to counteract the muted colors and subdued feel of most fall-winter attire, you could do worse than looking to Carlos Campos. His show at Men's New York Fashion Week was no letdown. Safari jackets, varsity jackets, elongated topcoats, and expansive lab coats, all displayed a range of colors from a palette of perfect pinks and gentle blues, with optimistic, pale yellow in the mix.
Raf Simons launched his menswear label in 1995. From 2012, he worked as creative director at Christian Dior, until he resigned in October 2015, at which point, the world was waiting and watching to see what move he would make next.
The move? In August 2016, Simons became Chief Creative Officer for Calvin Klein.
His first designs are for the Fall 2017 season. Men's New York Fashion Week saw his first show in New York City. He successfully merged various styles, including sporty looks with fine tailoring, creating a truly fresh and inspiring look.
What connects these lines is that they are all super-luxurious and special but also very wearable. There were many designs that would work well on the street. You could wear them at a party or for everyday wear, and turn heads, for all the right reasons.