New York Fashion Week: Men’s best looks for Fall/Winter 2016
The second New York Fashion Week: Men’s went down last week as designers showed their collections for fall/winter 2016. There were celebrities like Victor Cruz and Cuba Gooding Jr. There were wannabe street style photographers shooting wannabe street style models. But most importantly there were some really great clothes. We’re not talking about bizarre avante garde styles that are more of an art projct (i.e. Rick Owens sending models down the runway with their scrotums out) than an actual item of clothing. This year’s collections featured clothes that were highly wearable (that is the point after all, right?) and could work in a number of different situations from an office setting to a night out. We found 10 looks that every stylish gentleman should be on the look out for next fall.
1. OVADIA & SONS
If the men’s collections proved anything, it’s the staying power of the bomber jacket. Various interpretations of the military style made their way down the runway, but this fleece version from Ovadia & Sons layered over a cleverly patterned black-and-white sweater was the coolest.
2. PERRY ELLIS
Grey can be boring or grey can be cool. In the hands of Perry Ellis creative director Michael Maccari, it is certainly the latter. Layering different tones and textures of grey on top of each other creates a perfectly casual look that is set off nicely with a pop of color from the bandana.
Led by brands like Palace and Dime, the indie skate scene has been embraced by the men’s fashion world. The crew behind Second/Layer channeled that spirit and filtered it through their California lens for its fall collection. Instead of the traditional black, the leather motorcycle jacket was done in a subtler dark blue that paired well with a grey crewneck shirt and relaxed pants sinched with a shoelace-like belt to create the ultimate chill uniform.
4. TODD SNYDER
Few people take classic American menswear and reinterpret it for modern times better than Todd Snyder. As I look at snow falling outside my New York City window while writing this, I only wish I had this hunter’s orange down vest to throw underneath Snyder’s fresh take on a camel duffle coat. It’s the ideal blend of form and function and cleverly merges a bright and muted palette.
Along with John Elliott and Second/Layer, Chris Stamp of Stampd is part of a crew of L.A. menswear designers setting the trends that many will follow. In the wrong hands this brown on brown sweatshirt and sweatpants outfit could look like an IRL poop emoji. But Stamp is able to elevate a typical athleisure style into something more considered and elegant.
Some of the looks in Nautica’s collection certainly felt like the label was trying too hard. (A transparent rain jacket with no shirt underneath jumps to mind.) But then there were pieces like this navy and white windowpane bomber jacket that nailed the “sea meets city” theme perfectly and made you think the future is bright for the label.
7. TOMMY HILFIGER This is how you wear a suit in 2016. The jacket and pants have a mod-yet-classic black and white checked pattern with just a hint of red. The suit works great over the maroon crewneck sweater layered and blue shirt buttoned to the top. The contrasting hem on the sweater is a great detail and shows that Hilfiger still has it.
8. JOHN ELLIOTT
John Elliott has nailed the perfect T-shirt, sweatshirt, and sweatpants. With his latest collection, Elliott branched out with impressive results. Each of the layers in this look add depth, from the textural stitches on the T-shirt to the nappy fleece of the sweatshirt to the leather and suede on the jacket. Wear this look out on a Saturday night and prepare to be the coolest looking guy in any room you enter.
9. N. HOOLYWOOD
Like the bomber jacket, the turtleneck is another menswear trend with staying power. This season saw a lot more mock turtlenecks, albeit with a little more height than the one Steve Jobs was known for. N. Hoolywood pulled off the dark turtleneck look best by layering it under a cream overcoat with orange accents that brightened up the outfit.
The team behind one of New York City’s premier menswear destinations Carson Street Clothiers revealed a new line called Deveaux at NYFW:M. The pieces, like this asymmetrical peacoat with only one button, looked outstanding and had clever touches that didn’t feel too fussy.