This year, New York kicked off fashion week with a slew of up and coming menswear designers. Ones who are starting to gain steam in the US, or certainly will in the near future (think: Bespoken, Bosideng, Carlos Campos, David Hart, Ernest Alexander, Lucio Castro, and Antonio Azzuolo) showed, giving the press and fans a chance to see who will be dominating both store shelves and magazine racks in the not too distant future. Look for our full recap of New York Fashion Week later; but for now check out some of our favorite looks from the inaugural New York Men's Day.
Carlos Campos showed a muted, understated collection, that highlighted his strength in tailoring. The results were slightly cropped suits in navy and black, with hints of the whimsy that Campos is known for peeking through on shirt prints and graphic sweaters. A few excellent, of-the-moment bomber jackets were present as well.
Ernest Alexander presented a collection rife with references to classic English and American tailoring - either in the form of an updated shooting jacket or the series of stripped down leather jackets that closed the show. The collection one of the best exercises in creating wearable mens clothing with just a hint of the eccentric, hidden in the details.
Newcomer Orley showed, as well, but not in connection with #NYMD. The design trio, which is set to enter the Council of Fashion Designer's prestigious Fashion Incubator this year, presented a strong first full collection, expanding beyond their knitwear origins. The tightly edited show was full of luxurious, stripped down takes on menswear staples; while a supple, dark brown leather punctuated the collection - showing up on everything from coat lapels, to gloves, to belts and even ties.