Let's start the week off with the mellow Caribbean tunes of Bob Marley.
Amandla Festival Press Conference with Bob Marley The Wailers and comedian Dick Gregory © Sharon Donahue
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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.
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 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:-)
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Above: Cindy's poodle Huxtable, chillin' with #TUGCrew models Josh & Chris
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