The Finale: Day 4, NYFWM, Perry Ellis Wins, and Fashion Week Superlatives.



Perry Ellis, NYFWM

By day 4, we're all tired… the models are happy because they can eat again, but the surveyors of the clothing they wear? Well, we've been lugging around our Macbooks and SLRs for too many days. It's all good though, we're troopers… let's do this! 

The first show was unexpectedly, sorta… perfect. Platform 1 was filled to the rim, whoever setup the Perry Ellis runway maximized seating allowing this to be the largest turnout of any show at NYFWM. Hundreds looked to be seating and hundreds upon hundreds more standing… smart move.

A SUPER packed house for Perry Ellis and designer Michael Maccari

I found myself sitting next to a long time close friend of Perry Ellis Creative Director, Michael Maccari. She worked with him at Polo Ralph Lauren, J.Crew, and Calvin Klein. As the show began and the looks rolled out both of us were smiling from ear to ear… Maccari did an outstanding job.  He gave us exactly what a fashion designer should-  a foundation of staples beautifully tailored. Questionable trends, such as men in sandals and leggings, were integrated in a such a way that even the most uninterested unfashionable man would be moved to give it a try. A broad variety of textiles and textures – intricately detailed sweaters, translucent sheers, vibrant linens… there was just no stopping it. Perry oh Perry, or should I say Maccari oh Maccari. Perry Ellis, an underdog to some, was a clear winner at NYFWM. Round of applause. 

 

See lots more Perry Ellis, here. 

The Amazon.com sponsored hallways of New York Fashion Week Mens

While most of us had several more shows to attend, we skipped "school" for a bit, socialized in the hallways, then headed over to the Bloomies stand for food (more like light snacks). All the cliques met up: the preps, the jocks, the emos of Men's Fashion Week NY. Atlanta, Houston, St.Louis, Miami, and of course lots and lots of NYC reps were in the mix. I managed to confirm my attendance to Liberty Fairs then we UBERed over to Chelsea Market for a real lunch. 

Tortoise shell, watches, and beards

Summer black, with Skeleton stitched velvet slippers

The final day, we see both pair of Yeezys

The first New York Fashion Week Mens was a success. If I had to grade it, A+ in my book. Can't wait to do it again next year!

 

Most Creative Show: Public School

Best Dressed: Victor Cruz 

Most Popular Show: Greg Lauren

Most Improved Show: Perry Ellis

 

Check out other shows such as John Varvatos, John Elliot, Hickey Freeman, and more Men's Fashion Week Street Style on our Facebook page this week. 

Day 3, Men’s Fashion Week New York: Michael Bastian, Greg Lauren, Backpacks, MCM, and Trends.

Day 3 was the day I most anticipated. Let's put it this way– my dogs first middle name is Bastian (don't judge me). So yea, I'm a fan of his work. 

Michael Bastian's showing at New York's first Men's Fashion Week was also his first time showing for women. Job well done, Mikey B. job well done.  Personally, I think of Michael Bastian as a mix between Dsquared and Ralph Lauren. Classic Americana, but with a current main stream edge that men want and desire. His Spring/Summer 2016 Collection was no different – he offered lots of obvious multi-use pieces that are easy to place in your closet. From athlete to power broker, polo to double breasted blazer, tassel loafers to high-top kicks… he depicted the new age Bel-air man. Carlton meets Gordon Gekko meets Stephen Curry. 

 

 

Duck Dynasty has finally made it to the runway – Hey! Uncle Si would be ecstatic:-)

Bastian and his crew also used grooming beautifully. We had our token beard, the proud pompadours, and even a delightful surprise of the ever-so-popular gray/blue/purple pastel hair. 

The (Hunger) Fashion Games

Greg Lauren. Greg who? His son, his nephew, his cousin on his mom's side twice removed. The chatters inside the gates of men's fashion week were everywhere…  who is Greg Lauren? One things for sure, his last name is Lauren… so we had to attend his show. And apparently everyone else did too. The now familiar Victor Cruz and real life giant Amar'e Stoudemire was present, but also actual living icons like Bethann Hardison. Ex polo model Tyson Beckford. And after the show I found myself living out our ode to the 90s by conversing with Jessie (Elizabeth Berkley) from Saved by the Bell. Celebrity filled indeed. 

 
 
But how about the show? Once again I shot from "the pit" and got a straight on view and experience of the runway show. And so, it began. Greg took us on a journey, the western workman brimming with style through the ages. At moments I found myself unintentionally guessing the faction of a particular set of looks, is it dauntless or abnegation? Can't be candor, must be amity. As the looks changed so did the mood which was provoked by an abrupt switch in music. We traveled to the dessert for a little then slowly made our way to the oil mines. From sand to dusty green to faded black. American field worker to English peasants. But no matter his arduous occupation he was movie set ready… hat, scarf, bag, jacket, and all… Lauren gave us abounding variety in fashion apparatus
 
An Army of Greg Lauren Looks

It was clear the designer was proud of his work when an army of additional looks came stomping out. Followed by an additional set. It was a good (and popular) first showing. So now you might ask– what's the difference between Greg and Ralph? So far, he's Ralph but with grit. We love Ralph because of his ability to take the clean and classic and make it luxurious, similarly we'll likely love Greg for his ability to take the simple and gritty and make it opulent.  
 
Sidenote: The collection reminded me of Atlanta based brand Striver's Row.  (Workwear, Utility, Etc Trends)
 

The Trends and Street Style of NY Men's Fashion Week, Day 3: 

While Day 1 gave us beards, sandals, and hats, and Day 2 gave us the first Yeezy siting, Day 3 brings us much more… 
 
 
Men in backpacks at NYFWM

Backpacks.
While messengers and murses may be okay for Europeans and others. American men wear backpacks. Now of course any man can still carry whichever style bag he'd like no matter his nationality, but the handy dandy backpack– that's a made in the USA type thing.  From models to businessmen NYFWM, and NYC in general, was filled with them. Why? Because they're practical, easy to carry, and now come in a whole host of styles. 
 
I think you can tell a lot about a man from his choice of, hmmm,  let’s call it "carry wear” (you heard it here first, lol). The style, the color, the texture, the size. Some like it canvas, some leather, others nylon. Some want several pockets, others want clean crisp lines. Which style is best for you??? We'll go more in depth later :-) So bookmark this page and come back. 
 
Street Style at New York Fashion Week Mens, monochromatic navy and black 
 
Mirrored Sunglasses.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall who's the dopest of them all?  You couldn't throw a stone without hitting someone in mirrored frames. Me included. Round, aviator, square, blue mirror, pink mirror, green mirror… all the cool kids can see you, but you can't see them.
 
After seeing orange shoes, pants, and backpacks, this solidified it all– a bright orange vintage Bronco. It passed us while chillin' in Bloomingdales Tailgate area. This guy must be the one passing around the note…
Pops of Orange.
First there was a few spottings on day 1 and 2, but by day 3… I wondered if there was a secret note being passed around. Pops of orange was popping up everywhere– off duty models, fashion executives, and bloggers alike. Of all the bright colors, orange shined the brightest. Shorts, shoes, backpacks, sunnies, and even… cars. 
 
 
Green & White.
A palpable palette for all because of its ties to nature and military, this color combo found its way out of the closet and into the streets of many NYFWM goers. 

 
A NYC real estate exec makes his way to Men's Fashion Week sporting an elegant "tuxedo" short set, white crew neck tee, marijuana velvet loafers, and burgundy MCM luggage

MCM Luggage. 
The most recognizable branded bag of choice was MCM. In burgundy and tan, each day I'd observe MCM logo gear everywhere. Not many LVs, no MKs… just MCM. Makes sense to me. I see MCM as one of the first true to to heart "street" luxury bands. It's luxury first of course, but it was the first brand in it's range to gain authentic street cred by integrating rappers and street inspired influencers into its brand. While others enjoy the million dollar spoils of their names being mentioned in rap songs, they not dare invite those same artists to dinner. MCM went opposite. So taking 1st place in branded gear at NY's first Men's Fashion Week is deserved… your trophy is in the mail. šŸ˜‰

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