Still in its infancy, New York Fashion Week for Men has kicked off for a second season.
With 60 shows scheduled over four days, the event will act as an appetiser for its big sister New York fashion week for women which begins on February 11.
For the upcoming fall-winter collection, New-York based Mexican designer Carlos Garciavelez offered a relaxed and youthful collection with an array of loose layered silhouettes. He explained where his inspiration came from: “This collection centres on the idea of a nomad going to the thermal baths in Switzerland. So, it’s the idea of the explorer going to a spa. So, it’s the idea of dressing and undressing.”
It was Mike Rubin’s first ever catwalk show for his label Krammer & Stoudt. The Southern Californian designer said his collection was born from a desire to serve men like himself: “I started the brand because I wanted to dress guys that were from my age bracket, that grew up surfing and were part of the music scene. And as they are getting older, trying to make them look cool but not too young.”
Using traditional pieces from the American wardrobe such as blazers, bomber jackets and shirts, the collection incorporates elements of originality into each piece. Malaysian-born menswear designer Edmund Ooi also made his New York Fashion Week for Men’s debut with a collection he entitled ‘Class of 2525’. Dressing models in turtle necks, duffel coats and rolled-up jeans with a touch of science fiction, he said what he is offering is a look into tomorrow: “It’s basically a reinterpretation of a schoolboy in the future. So, when I was thinking about schoolboys, they don’t really have uniforms these days but they still kind of have the same kind of clothes, all of them.”
Riding the wave of trendy street wear, a new generation of designers is competing in New York for the attention of fashion deciders on the lookout for new icons of cool.