When New York Fashion Week Men’s splintered off from the women’s week, New York Fashion Week Men’s Day became the official kick off to the week’s fashion activities. The tradition continued this week as 12 designers headed to Dune Studios to present their Spring/Summer 2018 collections. With these shows New York Men’s Day S/S 2018 was off and running.
Since its inception, AgentryPr, the creator of New York Men’s Day, carefully curates an interesting mix of collections to showcase individual style and point of view. This season, 5 new names joined along with 7 returning brands for the day’s event. The morning session included presentations from Daniel Hechter, David Hart, Bristol, Head of State, Wood House and Krammer & Stoudt. In the afternoon, it was Life in Perfect Disorder, Descendant of Thieves, Heliot Emil, Maiden Noir, Private Policy and R. Swaider who had the stages for their collections.
What made New York Men’s Day S/S 2018 so fascinating was witnessing each brand’s inspiration in presenting their work. For instance, at just 19, Taofeek Abijako from Head of State showed looks heavily inspired by his home in Nigeria. Where Abijako went to Africa, David Hart headed to Cuba still employing his hipster/Brat Pack coolness to his clothes. Over at R. Swaider, it was an edginess that made it stand apart from the other collections. Bristol Los Angeles had a more urban appeal with boxy athletic tracksuit looks for the relaxed athleisure crowd.
Similar to Bristol were slices of Americana that seemed evident in some of the other collections such as Wood House with a baseball inspired theme, the California feel from Maiden Noir and Krammer & Stoudt or the western appeal at Private Policy. Even French company Daniel Hechter seemed to get into the mix. Daniel Hechter’s introduction at New York Men’s Day was to launch its ready to wear collection.
As in past New York Men’s Day presentations, several brands used their forum to express social commentary. Descendent of Thieves’ collection, “The Mask We Wear,” hints that clothing itself is a mask and it’s how we let the world perceive us. Heliot Emil’s collection entitled P.T.C.S, short for Post Traumatic Combat Stress, followed the aesthetic of an individual dealing with a post war existential crisis. While over at Life in Perfect Disorder, the genderless, non-season brand, boldy expressed feelings about Trump.