July 10th-13th concluded the unveil of New York Fashion Week Men’s Spring 2018 collections. Although the week was overshadowed from the wrap-up of haute couture in Paris two weeks prior, the menswear showcased by the designers paved the way to what we can expect to be worn next spring and summer season. Check out a recap of some of our favorite collections and trends that were featured!
Jeremy Scott knows how to put on a show for his guests. Straying away from his political statement in his fall/winter collection a few months prior, Moschino developed a Vegas-inspired collection that took the setting of a road-trip from L.A. (where the show was hosted) to Las Vegas. Scott didn’t just include male models in his show; female models were showcased throughout the show, including the first and last look. The looks went from a stylish, vivacious downtown vibe to biker chic with lots of leather to razzle-dazzle complete with feathered headwear for showgirls. It’s a re-envisioned fantasy through Jeremy’s eyes – sexy, yet mesmerizing!
The clothing featured in Yohji Yamamoto spoke for itself – literally. Graffiti and tape covered some looks written in English and Japanese about vulnerability and conviction (such as “I’m gifted”). Images of ghostly women appeared throughout the collection as well. Although the clothing tended to stick to a darker color scheme, there were flashes of pink in the first look. This trend was seen back at London Fashion Week Men’s, continuing on to become a staple feature in upcoming spring collections.
The ’90s were back on the runway for Patrik Ervell. Shiny colors, leather, and lots of neon took over. Ervell redesigned his signature “air jacket” that was featured in multiple arrays of color combinations. A main staple was black leather shorts and pants that were evident in about half of the looks. Also, there were nylon short-sleeve shirts that seem clingy yet breathable. His pre-millennium collection was a sight to see for all.
Ovadia & Sons
Ovadia & Sons brought the designer’s childhood back to life on the runway. Tapping into their experiences working at their dad’s warehouse in Brooklyn, the runway was filled with boxes and pallets. They even created an aroma using D.S. & Durga called “Hot Factory” in the space to give the viewers a full sensory experience. The designers wanted to tap into their ’90s creativity from their teenage years as they noted this decade was when they immersed in everything from fashion, pop culture and sports. The main feature was luxury jackets and coats in a range of ombré, checkered, camouflage and illustrated prints in collaboration with Ukrainian street-art collective Interesni Kazki, which flooded the runway throughout the collection. Each model wore brightly-colored Vans, taken from the inspiration of Wu-Tang Clan.
Raf Simons was so exquisite with its Chinese lanterns and neon lights in the streets of Manhattan, the FDNY arrived pre-show to check that the show was legal. The designer sent models down the runway in a water-coated street dressed in rain boots, headgear with hats and scarves, and an assortment of umbrellas. Garments were distressed and hanging off the shoulders on some looks. Similar to Jeremy Scott, women were featured in gender-neutral looks that made them fit seamlessly with the other male models. A blending of Asian and western cultures was created within the collection to start a new movement of bringing cultures together through fashion.