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. ;-)

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The Working Mini Urban Gent

Talk about the workwear trend, is this kid really wearing a denim jumpsuit? And strolling a dolly along with confident ease? This has to be staged, either way… love it. Last question– where was this photo when we did all of our American Workwer features last year? Nevertheless get your little brother/nephew/son/godson/etc a taste of the look below:

 
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photo via thelocals.dk

European Street Style (+ New York)

Copenhagen, Denmark / Helsinki, Finland / Milan, Paris, France/ Barcelona, Spain / Vienna, Austria / New York, NY.

Copenhagen; simple spring style (rolls included)

Paris; Vintage traditional

New York; Prep Kid on bike

Barcelona; Spring/Summer Black– Dolce & Gabanna, Diesel

Vienna; Bright nautical

Copenhagen; Casualized hammertime

 

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S/S Men’s Fashion Trend: Summer Black.

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SUMMER BLACK.

I think I'll deem this the easiest Spring/Summer 2011 trend to achieve, since all it calls for is black… all black everything. But of course we want to keep things better than the average over here at The Urban Gentlemen so when we rock this trend we prefer to use various shades and textures of black. Example: faded black shirt, rich black chinos,  a black knit sweater, black leather braided belt, and grey/black oxfords.

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Ivy Kids: Oxford, Georgia

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Left: vintage Emory University crewneck circa 1960; Vintage high school varsity jacket; Destroyed selvedge Levi's circa 1985 (after 3 washes and 1 repair); Brooks Brothers oxford; Red Wing Pecos boots
 
Right: Vintage Brown University wool sweater; Vintage Lacoste windbreaker; J. crew chinos; J.crew desert boots; J.crew utility chambray
 
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Winter Ends: Oxford, Georgia

Winter is just about to come to an end, but before it warms up completely we have one last late winter/early spring T.U.G installment. This time in Oxford, Ga  (photos from earlier this year– Jan/Feb 2011, w/ friends of the expanding T.U.G Crew: Cameron and Nedu)

Note: Even though it's warming up in the USA and many other places, it's cooling down and Autumn has just arrived in Australia, New Zealand, and other countries. So this will should especially be useful inspiration for readers in those locations.

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Left: Vintage striped knit sweater; Vintage camo utility jacket; T.U.G pinback; J. Crew jeans; Arrow moccasins; Military issued laundry bag 

Right: Vintage tri-color Columbia jacket; RRL camo thermal; Gucci marine belt; RRL herringbone camo hunting pants; Clark Wallabees; Supreme duffle bag; Eleven Eleven camo watch

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Left:  Vintage Head USA ski jacket; Emory t-shirt; J.Crew denim; LL Bean duck boots; Handmade leather backpack

Right:  Brooks Brothers oxford; Supreme varsity letter hoody; Ralph Lauren Polo fireman jacket; RRL raw denim slim fit; 2003 Air Jordan iii retro; rare Vintage Gucci mini duffle (est. circa 1950s or earlier)

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