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NYFW: Men's Day 1 Roundup

David Hart//Photo courtesy of Agentry PR

David Hart//Photo courtesy of Agentry PR

Monday kicked off the first-ever New York Fashion Week: Men's.   The world's fashion capital has now joined the ranks of cities like Paris, London, and Milan with its own series of shows and presentations dedicated solely to menswear.  The unofficial start to the week began with New York Men's Day-a series of presentations in two 90-minute blocks that showcased the continued evolution of men's fashion.

My personal favorite was David Hart's SS16 collection. Full of vibrant colors, bold patterns, patchwork designs, and cropped pants, the men's range promised a season of risk-taking.  It was a resort offering seen through the lens of a kaleidoscope and simultaneously reinvented the wedding suit, cocktail tuxedo, and beachfront dining attire.  Each look seemed equally inspired by the classic fits and fabrics of the 50s and the future of menswear.

PLAC, CWST, and Carlos Campos painted a picture of a much darker warm weather season.  Each collection, largely based in streetwear, seemed deeply rooted in black, gray, and blue.  The silhouettes were loose and oversized, and each was reminiscent of recent streetwear trends in their use of layering, texture, eccentric details, and lack of bright color.

CWST//Photo courtesy of Agentry PR

Carlos Campos//Photo courtesy of Agentry PR

PLAC//Photo courtesy of Agentry PR

All in all, whether your preference is more avant garde or steeped in streetwear, New York Men's Day showed there's plenty to look forward to as the inaugural NYFW: Men's continues.

All Photos courtesy of Agentry PR


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