CFDA New York Fashion Week Mens: Day 1
Do we ever stop? Nope, our intrepid explorer slash Executive Fashion Director Garth Spencer is in New York for CFDA New York Fashion Week: Mens. Isn’t he a lucky boy?
First on the schedule: Joseph Abboud. Which looked like a rather nice gathering of gentleman. Garth’s thoughts? “This season is about the traveller. New York to Havana via Madrid and then back to Paris. A pallette of off-whites and dirty linen. Exposed seams and raw cut tailoring. Romantically chic gentleman – no stranger to the elegance of a world long gone.” There you go!
Then – Michael Kors time. Thoughts? “There are very few men who can talk the talk and walk the talk too. Mr Kors has the history but his approach is totally contemporary. Charm and ease oozes from every orifice, as he (we imagine) sips on an icy beverage. This is top tier New York design talent. And, as times pass, MK hasn’t lost his commercial foothold. Fav quote: ‘my guy is not wearing a tuxedo this season, he is wearing a black track suit.'”
So, Robert Geller. As one of the highlighted shows on the NY schedule Robert’s collection felt relevant not only to his (very large) US base but also to us invading Europeans, too. Fitting then, that Robert based his collection on the 1980s in the Euro city of Berlin. Ich bin ein Berliner, etc. Wafty fabrications in leopard print, bruised purples and browns under electric pink flashing strobe lights. And what says good night out than a scattering of unidentified objects across the floor? That’s what those Polaroids reminded us of, except they were not on the floor, but on the clothes. Same difference.
And the final show of the day, Ovadia & Sons? “I mean, there’s very few things that men can’t wear these days. And most of the highlights of being a gentleman about town are to be found on this catwalk – camo, leopard, parkers, denim patchwork, satin Japanese bombers, tassels, check shirts. All elements trending at the moment. A buyers dream.”
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