With New York City still lacking a fashion week dedicated solely to menswear à la London, Milan, and Paris, a new collection presentation program that spotlights emerging talent is here to pick up the slack. This week, the first New York Men's Day brought together seven designers to showcase their fall/winter 2014 collections in individually designed studio sets and spaces. Here's our quick rundown of the key looks you may have missed.
Designer: Carlos Campos Key pieces from the collection: Campos dressed his "futuristic gaucho" in a sea of navy blue, from the athletic-inspired jackets to the belted coats and simple triangle-patterned knits.
Designer: Bespoken Key pieces from the collection: Designers (and brothers) Sammy and Liam Fayed dressed the denizens of the intersection of "downtown New York and London's East End"—think moto jackets worn over buttoned-up shirts with skinny pants, as well as fitted sweats paired with chunky high-tops.
Designer: Bosideng Key pieces from the collection: Inspired by Chinese art and culture (particularly Wong Kar Wai's film In the Mood for Love and artist Chang Jinchao, whose illustrations appeared on the sweatshirts in the collection), down jackets got upgraded in English windowpane-patterned fabrics—with a sharply cut suit to match.
Designer: Ernest Alexander Key pieces from the collection: Twenties-biker influences gave Ernest Sabine's work an edge this season. Leather moto jackets in olive and black were worn over pants with leather knee patches, which rooted a collection that also included a very vintage-inspired, cropped houndstooth suit. The models carried some great bags, too, with tote, overnight, garment, and flight options.
Designer: Lucio Castro Key pieces from the collection: This season, Castro is dressing the hedonistic main character in André Gide's 1902 novel The Immoralist—if he lived in New York City, which means you can now spot downtown guys looking for a good time by their black cowboy-chic hats and blazers worn over bare chests with only a bandagelike piece cloth around the neck.
Designer: Antonio Azzuolo Key pieces from the collection: To balance all the layers of black—like cropped trousers worn under long shorts with blazers over drawstring robelike pieces—the collection also included bold bursts of magenta, as seen in a poncho as well as a yin-yang-printed sleeveless vest.New York Men's Day is produced by Agentry PR and presented by Cadillac.
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