NEW YORK FASHION WEEK MEN’S
NYMD PRESENTATIONS FW 2018
New York Men’s Day (NYMD), once again, kicked off the men’s wear shows with presentations downtown gathering some of the buzziest brands in the market. Here’s a glimpse of what to expect next for Fall Winter 2018:
Self-serious is perhaps the antithesis of the David Hart label. If anything, it can always be counted on for making fashion fun, colorful, and brimming with intriguing design ideas. And this presentation did not disappoint with a nod toward 1960s la nouvelle vague movement’s fragmented visual narratives while poking a bit of fun at the “Ugly American” tourist as well as the recent exodus of US brands to the continent, showing their collections at Paris Fashion Week instead. To those ends, Mr. Hart conjures suits, pullovers, pants, cardigans with ironic clichés of berets and scarves and re-imagining French stripes in brilliant color combinations.
Creative Director Eric Archibald heads down to the subways and serves up stylish city wear for those daily riders of that most egalitarian of conveyances. As much bad press as the MTA gets, there is no denying that straphangers consist of nearly every possible demographic from trust fund babies and well- heeled executives to college students and pan handlers. Mr. Archibald, who views the humble MetroCard as a “ticket to experience the world”, has tossed uptown high fashion and downtown streetwear into a blender to encourage men to discover their own individuality in layered looks of turtle necks, shorts and sporty thermal combos, laminated windbreakers and trousers, and stylish sweats and overcoats.
KRAMMER & STOUDT
Designer Mike Rubin’s Southwest roots continue to inform his collection as an exploration of the not too-wide-open spaces of the city. And given the current socio-cultural push to affirm women’s rights, the new pieces are bold attempts to upend hyper masculinity with something more romantic and elegant. Dressing up female models was also a statement that the brand is equally appealing to women. Colorful jackets and unisex trousers blur the distinction between the sexes for a more inclusive Krammer & Stoudt that should deliver that message with verve.
Images David Hart by David Carlo/Diplomacy by Michael Tamzil/Krammer & Stoudt by Michael A. Mendoza