Digest This! #NYFW

8 Feb

Unless you’ve been living under some tacky overweight rock it’s New York Fashion Week fall/winter 2014. Put down whatever fat fueled drink or food you’re engulfing and digest this, my most savored shows of the last 3 days. With more to come…

Blacksail By Nautica FW14

Blacksail by Nautica put on the perfect runway show that I’m refereeing to as “Athletic-Outdoors-Sportswear”. Not only were the models strong but so is this collection with an array of different winter outdoors-men references such as, snowboarding, rock-climbing and skiing which coincidentally showed on the same day as the opening of the Sochi Winter Games. The leather cargo pants, and knits just emits winter warmth and style. The bomber coats are impeccable and so are the awesome boots paired with each look. My most savored look is the tan anorak with matching pants. Get a load of the stellar goggles.

Duckie Browne fw14

Always teetering on the fine line of gender bending duo Steven Cox & Daniel Sliver of Duckie Brown went with what they know but in color. After their lithe spring collection this fall/winter collection could be seen as the follow up. Their great tailoring skills and ability to make feminine silhouettes, textiles and color choices appear masculine with their strong tailoring are beyond splendid. I love the shape of this collection, with the color blocking, prints and slender bottoms paired with voluptuous tops.

Michael Bastian fw14

A very kitschy romantic French collection with Japanese influences was all over the Michael Bastian runway show. The American designer is staking his claim in the high-end menswear department which is the perfect move being that this is his final collaboration with Gant presented Friday. You have to appreciate the luxurious ease of this collection. You still have strong jackets, coats and fashionable blazer as well as, stand out bags but there is a certain appeal to these looks that make it seem less difficult to wear or imagine yourself donning these garments.

N Hoolywood FW14

Slowly but surely N. Hoolywood is learning to refine the brand’s quirkiness without loosing the innovative retro-ness we’ve come to love. A ode to the working class of New York circa 1920-1940’s. An excellent collection of outerwear that is still with the oversize trend but not engulfing. This collection have a certain dusty spunk that is classic and cool. It’s awesome to see a show evolves as each look come down the runway. I am in awe of the grey and brown cinched waist knits, great draping.

Nicholas K fw14

A surprisingly light and moving collection from Nicholas K. Usually I would classify Nicholas K as a bohemian brand but this season it’s admittedly nomadic. I see a traveler’s theme to these looks. There are fishermen’s references of the boots and ropes, Eskimo influences with the patchwork leather and fur and end-of-the-world feel with the slouchy-ness and tailoring. Normally, the black would seem more rockers or emo but it’s being use to give the lightweight of the garments a tougher appeal without being too dark.

Richard Chai Love fw14

It’s no secret that American menswear can be redundant and Richard Chai Love knows that. That’s why I am happy he is an American designer that know how to update classical staples without turning off it’s sometimes “redundant” audience. I like the three button suits, metallic-like sweater and the growing trend of double shirts. This is a great update on the ordinary sportswear aesthetic, you have all your traditional garments but in fashion forward cut, color and cloths. A great mixture of grunge, street style and preppy.

Todd Snyder fw14
Todd Snyder‘s collection was the epitome of mod-style that define the 60’s style. The presentation included high hemmed pants, shrunken sweater and amazing bomber coats. Though, Mick Jagger was the major influence of this presentation the London guy of the 60’s was prevalent too. This was a rich collection of attire with pieces you would keep and pair with other things, even the Chelsea boots.

General Idea FW14

I don’t think there is a General Idea collection I haven’t graciously exclaimed about in the past 3 year’s of my site. This runway show is no different. Sticking with the leather trend that don’t seem to be loosening its grip on fashion (thank you Kanye leather jogger rant), this is a refreshing take on the new staple. The monotone in color collection was multidimensional in leather T-shirts, bomber jackets and shorts which were all quilted, exposed zippers and neoprene parka. Tough, street and active is loud and clear in the dark but energetic show.

Gant Rugger FW14
A simply great presentation from Gant Rugger. That mustard belted cardigan is worth starving for. I think this collection is so me; relaxed, fitted, fashionable and classic. The prints are charming and the blue hue is prefect for ushering the garments from the low temperatures of winter into the mid temperatures of spring. Clothing are to be transition and this collection define and display that.

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One Response to “Digest This! #NYFW”

  1. Skipping Stars Productions LLC February 8, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

    Reblogged this on Fashion Designers Guild.

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