Sunday, July 19, 2015

BEAUTY: Clothing--Misc. New York Fashion Week

Well, it finally happened! CFDA, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, launched a stand alone men's Fashion Week in New York. I am sure they were inspired by the success story across the pond at London Collections: Men, so this past week saw Spring and Summer collections from some top designers in the United States...a few of them, I confess, are new to me which is exactly the purpose of having a break out men's event like this: to promote menswear.

Here are some highlights from the shows of the first ever New York Fashion Week: Men's.

Opening Ceremony's Carol Lim and Humberto Leon started their fashion retail space in Manhattan in 2002. Their cache grew until they were appointed, as a team, Creative Directors of Kenzo. And for this showing at New York Fashion Week: Men's, the pair created for their original label some wonderful wide legged trousers and shorts. We saw this silhouette on many runways in many collections in Milan and Paris last month. And it is going to replace the skinny trouser...

I love the focus Robert Geller put on the waist with cummerbund-like pieces made of what looks like cable knit sweaters. But other iterations with cords resemble obi sashes for kimonos. It reminds me greatly of what Haider Ackermann did last month in Paris, seen here.

Engineered Garments, founded in 1999 by Japanese designer Daiki Suzuki, is dedicated to a kind of quirky expression of workwear. Recalling the work of another Japanese designer, Junya Watanabe, this Spring Summer '16 collection from Engineered Garments seems like an homage to railroad engineers and their pin striped smocks and aprons. But of particular note is the choice of mature models. Well done, EG!

And finally, regular readers know I love unique shoes. And these exotic, tropical slippers from Michael Bastian feature prints of banana leaves, woven wicker, crocodile, and zebra--perfect for a summer in, say, Costa Rica!

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