By: Nick Linson
We have sourced our way through each collection shown so-far this week, and have collected whats predicted to be the most popular styles for the next spring/summer seasons. From super relaxed silhouettes, to elements of androgyny, these plus a few other trends have took over Men’s Week in New York .
The Art of Androgyny
The element of Androgyny has been featured in many of the menswear collections presented thus far this week. Androgyny dominated the exciting collection at Wood House. Kimono tops, high-waist cropped trousers, robe-like duster coats and waist-belted bottoms were a few of the highlights from the ss17 collection. The brand went so far as to include looks where scarves were tucked into fedoras, giving the illusion that the male models had long, bone-straight hair.While it’s not likely that many of these complete looks will be worn in everyday life, their influence will undoubtedly creep into the wardrobes of many style savvy men everywhere.
In New York, where heartier fabrics reigned supreme,menswear designers decorated their creations with geometric prints and landscapes.
Designer David Hart’s collection featured more settle prints that were practical and gave us the feeling of resort wear. The Severna Park native’s nod to the 1960s California surfer era included bamboo prints, surfboard motifs and airbrushed beach landscapes.
50 Shades of Blue
Blue was everywhere in New York. From the blue seersucker suits at Max ‘n Chester to an over-sized blue, white and orange layered ensemble at Wood House — blue was in abundance.
Perry Ellis probably had more blue garments present than any other designer that’s shown thus far this season. There were a plethora of shorts in assorted shades of blue; a multicolored, lightweight knit jumper that was anchored by blues; and several blazers and dress pants in blue. Every piece from the collection is practical and wearable, which will likely appeal to the widest base of customers.
Michael Bastian’s jazz-inspired collection was filled with a bevy of blue. The color was used as a pop when he incorporated a button-up with a khaki blazer or white seersucker jacket. He also used it as a focal point with a navy sweater adorned by a golden trumpet and with a number of sport coats, which could either be dressed up or worn casually.
Fiitted Suits? Those are now considered a thing of the past in the world of menswear.
We first spotted the trend during the European shows. There were the oversized grandfather coats that practically swallowed models at Balenciaga. Hood by Air offered up a number of loose-fitting, shapeless frocks. And Balmain peppered its collection with looser — yet still tailored — garments. Raf Simons and Christopher Shannon showcased pants so large they might as well have had their own gravitational pull.
In New York, it was more of the same. Perry Ellis matched looser outwear with more fitted pants, shorts and shirts for a winning contrast. Most of the collection including everything from shirts to pants at Wood House was flowing and loose.