Entering its fifth season, New York Fashion Week Men’s will host stage to more than fifty menswear brands from all over the globe. With having a blend of both established and up-coming names it ensures a wealth of inspirational designs and conceptual ideas.
The week was kicked off by New York Men’s Day, which is a bi-annual initiative that was started to help develop and nurture emerging design talent. New York Men’s Day has been running for eight seasons now, and has been at the forefront of New York Fashion Week Men’s since it started five seasons ago. Twelve menswear brands are selected to feature within a curated studio space. Invited guests are allowed to wander around the space freely, enabling them to get up close to the collections and create a mew form of interactivity, not possible at most conventional catwalk shows.
Out of the twelve brands to showcase this season, Trendstop have selected top three key brands to look out for.
Images left to right: Bristol Los Angeles, HEAD OF STATE+, WOOD HOUSE, all Spring Summer 2018
Bristol Los Angeles
This Los Angeles-based brand was started in 2014 by Luke Tadashi and Tommy Nowels. Since its beginning the brand has earned various awards such as the GEN ART Fresh Faces award, where they were the first brand ever to win with a debut collection. Tadashi’s love of sport is resembled through their aesthetic, with basketball references featuring within the designs. The pieces are easy to wear, with a relaxed sense of formality about them. Basketball-inspired details such as the popper seams on the pants and paired-back stripes on the shirting elevate the designs and distinguish this brand from others.
HEAD OF STATE+
Founded by Taofeek Abijako, this New York based brand creates contemporary streetwear for the modern man. Abijako founded HEAD OF STATE+ in 2016 when he was still in high school education. He launched his first collection in Spring 2016 with no formal training in design, but the risk paid off as his work has now featured in many prestigious publications and blogs as well as being sold within selected major retailers. His upbringing in Lagos, Nigeria highly influences his work, demonstrated within a clean minimalist approach.
WOOD HOUSE was founded by Julian Woodhouse. Post-graduating he was commissioned into the US Army so the makings of the brand were not as straight forward as most. When completing his service he moved to New York and established the brand’s head quarters where he was able to dedicate his entire time to the brand. He wants to continue perusing the brand and ensuring that it stands out alongside its competitors, with a real focus on quality, affordability and a strong sense of loyalty between brand and customer. WOOD HOUSE deconstructs the normal and pushes silhouette boundaries alongside a distinct focus on colour and print.
Continue reading for further insight into Trendstop’s top influences from New York Fashion Week Men’s.
All-Weathers Contemporary – Carlos Campos
Be prepared against the elements with Carlos Campos’ Spring Summer 2018 offerings. The classic raincoat is stripped back through a minimalist appearance and styled within this weather-proof look. A pop of primary blue is sharp against a stark white silhouette.
Image: Office Baroque
Filled with Air – Feng Chen Wang
Puffed-out proportions dominated throughout the latest collection by Feng Chen Wang. Billowing pockets of air feature within the designs to create a strong utilitarian feel. High-tech parachute inspired fabrications are key, allowing for super voluminous and excessive styles.
Image: Natalie Häusler
Utility Spice – LANDLORD
LANDLORD takes utilitarian influences and interjects a Middle Eastern feel through a spice-inspired colour palette. Minimalist utility pieces, such as paired-back waterproofs and clean-cut cargo feature in traditional khaki green alongside an injected pop of vibrant orange and bare-feet styling to evoke a warm sense of the Middle East.
Image: Giorgio Cravero
Primary Patent – Hugo Boss
Flashes of primary red were scattered throughout a rather muted collection by Hugo Boss. This bold and vibrant shade of red made an impact on outerwear when styled alongside subversive formals. The patent leather fabrication gives off a statement shine, adding an interesting contrast against the other matte fabrications within the look.
Oversized & Enveloped – LANDLORD
LANDLORD explores the oversized silhouette with excessive sleeve lengths and structural wide-legged and supersize turn-up denim. Sharp acidic yellow is styled with classic denim blue to emphasise an electric seasonal statement.
Image: Anthony Caro