Hey Guys and Gals,
Jake here, again. Hope you didn’t miss me too much.
Men’s Fashion Week, for the first time ever, has landed stateside and I’m way stoked on it. Usually, my work performance would take a serious hit due to my incessant need to live vicariously through the menswear gods currently operating in the big apple. Thankfully, I work for Richer Poorer and I get paid to satisfy that need.
Here are my 4 favorite collections from New York Men’s Fashion Week, in no specific order:
Can these guys do anything wrong?!? Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne have been the coolest kids on the menswear block for quite sometime now—and for good reason. The collection, which was presented against a mug-shot-inspired wall, featured garments that were individual great, but cohesively extraordinary. Athletic-inspired outerwear, mandarin collar button-downs, and tuxedo-style shorts came together to make a sartorial cocktail that was undeniably New York. I would go as far to say that Public School’s level of cool is bordering on criminal.
Mr. Snyder is a man known for delivering aesthetically accessible collections and his show at NYMFW was no different. Now, accessible does not necessarily mean boring—especially in the case of Snyder’s Spring 2016 collection. Snyder has infused an Italian Coastal vibe to his signature flavor of Americana. The collection’s combination of chambray varsities, linen suits, and lightweight, military-ish outerwear make for something subtle, yet effective. Oh yeah, there are some Freddy-from-Scooby-Doo ascots going on, which is always a plus.
John Elliott + Co:
Freddy-from-Scooby-Doo ascots seem to really be a thing this fashion week. TREND ALERT. Or maybe Todd Snyder and John Elliott are just menswear bros. Anyways, John and his team were inspired by a recent trek they took through the cities and forests of Vietnam, hence all the earth tones and athletic legwear. The whole collection emotes a military vibe, with athletic undertones—and it’s really really dope. This collection has so many different flavors of fresh. From the anoraks layered underneath crewneck sweatshirts to the lightweight military jackets sitting atop marathon-ready shorts, Mr. Elliott + Co absolutely crushed this one.
Rag & Bone:
Cream with navy blue stripes? Tapered pants in neutral colors? Fire outerwear you want to wear even when it’s 80 degrees outside? Rag & Bone might as well have just taken my current wardrobe and re-fabricated it with premium materials that a college kid like me can’t afford and put it on the runway–and BTW I mean all of that in the most complimentary way possible. Rag & Bone presented a collection that was undoubtedly athletic, whilst not deviating too far from “new American classic” aesthetic that makes them, them. Also, they put some zippers in abnormal, nonfunctional places just so you can let everyone on the street know you’re not actually going to work out in this outfit.
Thanks for reading.
We will talk soon.
Jake, The Intern
*all images c/o style.com