For the past two weeks New York City has been focused on menswear. Men’s Fashion Week ran last week and after a mere two-day break, the summer 2017 editions of the menswear trade shows were held and concluded when MAN ended its three-day run yesterday afternoon. This is our rundown of all the major events that occurred in Manhattan during Men’s Market.
The seasonal showing of catwalk shows and presentations kicked off a week ago Monday with the return of New York Men’s Day at Dune Studios in southernmost Manhattan. Again produced by Erin Hawker and her team at Agentry PR, the event stuck to its tried-and-true formula of showcasing fashion presentations from six brands under one roof in the morning and six more in an afternoon session. This season’s morning roster included David Hart, Krammer & Stoudt, Woodhouse, Head of State, Daniel Hechter and Bristol while the six afternoon participants were Private Policy, Descendant of Thieves, Maiden Noir, R. Swiander, Heliot Emil and Life in Perfect Disorder. The latter session also featured a brand new initiative presented by the Project trade show called Fashion in The Park, which encompassed al fresco live-model dioramas from five of that show’s exhibitors–Michael Bastian Gray Label, Faherty, M. Singer, WRK and Thaddeus O’Neil–in an open public space adjacent to Dune Studios.
The runway shows kicked off later that evening when Todd Snyder presented his spring 2018 collection that he described as a “cultural mash-up” and concluded on Thursday night with the C2H4 Los Angeles show.
Retro athletic was a major trend (Bristol, Wood House) along with eye-popping prints (Teddy Ondo Ella, N P Elliott), oversized cuffs on pants (Todd Snyder, Landlord) and the return of the bucket hat (Matiere, among others).
Standouts of the week included the following:
Gustav Von Aschenbach
Acclaimed designer Robert Geller premiered a new line that he now will produce in addition to his ten-year-old eponymous one. Named after the main character in Death in Venice, this lower priced often monochrome collection features the same signatures that made Geller famous in the first place: roomy, directional shapes and an ingenious use of color.
This up-and-comer showed a cool, street-friendly collection that included numerous faded denim looks such as destroyed shorts and an accompanying top covered in handwritten graffiti.
Descendant of Thieves
A brand best known for its woven shirts, it has expanded its assortment in recent seasons and made a super impressive Fashion Week debut with colorful prints that were inspired by the Mods of the 1960s.
Parke & Ronan
The beloved leisurewear brand marked its 20th anniversary with a collection inspired by the Rocky Mountains that also contained several reissues from the archives. Somewhat ’70s inspired, it nonetheless looked fresh and modern.
To fight the troubling times designer Julian Woodhouse served up a fantastic collection that based on field days. Athletic references were merged with ones to boyhood, especially in a denim overall with a front pocket for pencils.
Teddy Ondo Ella
Opening with a group of native African dancers/acrobats, the show paid tribute to the designer’s roots in Gabon. The bright colors and prints and shapes based on traditional African clothing were some of the most original of the entire week.
For more information on trade shows check out DFV Group’s expocheck.com.