The first official New York Fashion Week for men faired pretty well. While similar looks were spotted in fashion cities London, Paris and Milan, the Big Apple – and style capital of the US – sent a bold message to men: dress with more panache, any which way you can.
From animal prints to shiny shirts to matching tracksuit onesies, here are five hot look for men straight of the runway off New York Fashion Week.
#1 It’s A White Wash
Is there any shade that embodies summer more? White washed over many a collection in New York, injected as a palette cleanser among the prints and vibrant colours. Carlos Campos went all-over white and cream, broken up by bright neckties that could be done away with jaunty necktie. Michael Kors completed outfits with rugged white Oxford shoes and Katama experimented with short sleeved shirts, tank tops, windbreakers and sweat tops in various shades of ivory and light grey.
#2 Animal Jackets
Casual jackets – made to look like animal epidermis – were popular in New York. Offering up a Berlin-esque style for men this season, Robert Geller sent out gents in washed mauve leopard print tops with an even more subtle barely-printed blazer, the playful irony denouncing the adage that a leopard can’t hide its spots.
Newcomer label Linder infused traditional icons of men’s style – like the leather perfecto – with jewel tone, emerald suede, finishing the cropped jacket with leather front panels printed in safari zebra. A little bit of animal print will inject some fun into jacket fashion this season, and make you stand out from the crowd. But avoid looking kitsch, deviating away from bright and gaudy colours, or pairing with bright with neutral trousers. Balance out the zoo-act.
#3 Get Shorty
Just like in Milan, New Yorkers were blurring the lines between smart and casual. And shorts with outerwear or tailoring the favoured style. Michael Kors pioneered, teaming smart pea coats with city shorts, and belted shorts with silk bombers. Fellow American veteran Nautica, who mixed up urban street looks with holiday pieces, bringing to the front windbreakers and shorts.
Finally, David Hart X Hart Schaffner Marx went all the way to the chic beach, swimming together vibrant print beach shorts and espadrilles with blazers and ties for a playful twist of what it means to feel vacay and rakish in the coming months.
#5 Coordinated Kit
There’s a activewear trend emerging in and outside the gym – coordinated exercise kit. Leading the pack was outlandish label Gypsy Sport, whose fire engine red and black track suit with cotton funnel jersey taught onlookers the art of layering, even in sportswear. The red Converse tied it all together. Toddy Snyder sent out track-ed out suit in electric blue, tapered at the ankle and colour blocked with white sneakers, matching the chest panel of the jersey cotton zip-through.
It was more a retro runners vibe over at John Elliott. Wearing green – mint, pastel, ice – was broken up with texture – a satiny, nylon bomber jacket over a pique polo and paper-thin cotton shorts. Socks – green striped – matched the grassy colour scheme.
#5 Soft, Shiny Suits
Most men shun away from the shine (given it indicates a nasty polyester blend lurks in the workings). But with the right – silk, satin, tech – fabric and with the new direction in tailoring appearing more off-duty, are we seeing the rise in shimmery, soft for suits?
Timo Weiland sent out electric blue silk shirts, a nubby knit tie balancing the retro sheen, double-front pocket shirts, that would have struck lucky in a Fifties bowling alley. Finally, John Varvatos blended shiny, crumpled and soft jackets with matte, crisp and hard trousers. He sent out a message: a bit of shine is needed, with linen blazers woven with metallic fibres, for a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it-glitz.