I don't know about you, but I'm still reeling from seeing 15 designers in one day. Regardless of whether or not I liked them all, it was true sensory overload. While the more established fashion bloggers and journalists attended shows by the likes of Joseph Aboud, Duckie Brown, Robert Geller, and Public School (I'll be there next season!), I conquered my FOMO at some equally entertaining and well executed shows. Highlights, pics, and video are below.
EFM (Engineered For Motion)
This presentation was more indicative of the athleisure trend that's popular now instead of providing a look into the crystal ball of what's come. But that's okay because there were plenty of high points here. EFM was all about a sleek aesthetic and high functionality with an elegant twist. Tailored fits were the name of the game. Slim, cuffed, cropped-these pants came in many styles but all fit appropriately. As many designers have seemed to share the sentiment that baggy is better this season, EFM was not about that life. These clothes are not for the weak-bodied. They're meant for the active dudes. From a color standpoint, this was mostly neutral territory. If you're a fit badass, you're being a fit badass in black and navy. The standout pieces were definitely the statement rain coats-specifically a charcoal windowpane number and the black translucent coat shown as a cape on the lone female model. We'll call her the lone wolf. All in all, a strong offering for a trend category that I'm sure will be around for at least another couple seasons.
When you're at a fashion show, you know the feeling when you've just witnessed greatness. Carlos Campos delivered a great show to rapturous applause and a partial standing ovation. The super cohesive offering was the ultimate exercise in cool. This wasn't next level. This wasn't even completely original. But it was just plain great. Because this is what greatness looks like. One thing that was clear is that fly ass outerwear is needed to make a wardrobe statement. There were camel topcoats, capes in camel and winter white, suede vests, boxy blazers. The outerwear was the star of the show. This was a dissertation on how to dress like a gent without being a tool. Nothing too stuffy or too trendy or too boring. Each look was an assembly of classic menswear with modern updates: a plush velvet tracksuit that reinvigorated Royal Tenenbaums swag, white soled platform shoes to push the footwear envelope, wide-brimmed fedoras to add a hint of old school debonaire. There was an exciting and clear vision here. Carlos Campos made so many things cool again. And though I'm an avid fan of presentations, he made the strongest case so far this week that the runway can't become a thing of the past.
The spaced out future funk of Japan-based N. Hoolywood was truly unlike anyting I'd seen during this Fashion Week or any other one for that matter. Walking in, it was clear that the mood had been set for something special. There was an ominous red beam shining down the runway. It was reminiscent of Mission Impossible, and as the show began, it was clear there was definitely a mission. The models barreled down the runway like they were prepping for war. Even in the end, they seemed like an army of hyper stylized bandits. This was Post-00's fashion-forward design. So forward that I can't even comprehend. I could see looks of befuddlement on the critics' faces across the front row. There was an oversized bomber-remember that thing I said about big bubble coats...this was the cool version. Huge outerwear and neon pop colors were king. Even the accessories were out of this world: a recycled paper clutch (at least it appeared that way) and a neon orange shopping tote to one up your everyday bag. The looks in this show were cray and absolutely did not translate to real life unless you live on a runway in Tokyo-Harajuku to be exact. But still it was amazing. The styling pushed the onlookers to their limits and challenged them. There was a theme of restraint and rebellion that could be sensed in the muted pieces and looks were models seemed to be swallowed by outerwear. Perhaps this was a statement about Japan's reserved culture. Or maybe it was a statement on societal restraints in general.
All in all, it's clear that Day 1 was a soft introduction, and the big guns were holding out for the second day. With two days of NYFWM left, I'll be back to share the highlights Thursday and Friday. Like what you see or think these clothes are crazy? Sound off below!