NYFW kicked off with Men’s Day – one of our personal favorites because it brings out creativity in all. From androgynous non-gendered pieces to tailored suits and funky streetwear, there’s something for everyone.
This year, Men’s Day was held at Canoe Studios in Chelsea where showgoers were able to view presentations from A. Potts, Perry Ellis America, Sperry, Stan, Teddy Vonranson, William Frederick, Atelier Cillian, Nicholas Raefski, Clara Son, and The Academy New York.
A. Potts’ AW22 collection, SKINFOLK, can only be described as wearable art! With flowing tendrils and cascading trains abound, the collection is captivating and alluring in a visually immersive way.
Perry Ellis America
Perry Ellis America debuted a preppy-chic collection that infuses elements of ski-chalet attire and camping gear. True to the brand’s love for pops of color, the collection features the standard red, navy, and white color palette with flecks of yellow and powder blue. The Puffer jackets and bucket hats are some of the pieces that are sure to trend.
Sperry debuted a capsule collection in collaboration with famed R&B singer, John Legend and his stylist, David Thomas. The collection features shoes that are excellent wardrobe staples. They range from sturdy neutral boots to the classic boat shoe in colors ranging from pale blue to deep brown.
Along with John Legend’s release, Sperry previewed a collaboration with Warm & Wonderful (the company behind Princess Diana’s red and white sheep sweater). Princess Diana has reemerged as a streetwear icon due to her comfy-chic throwback photos catapulting into the digital sphere. With that in mind, the brands created a pastel patterned collection featuring the sheep motif. It is sure to peak the interests of sneaker-heads and streetwear fanatics alike. The release is set for August 2022.
STAN, a sustainable brand based out of Australia debuted “The Rugged Gentleman”. This is a collection featuring made up of dead-stock and deconstructed fabrics. The incorporation of recycled materials creates a citizen-of-the-world feel. Viewers saw fabrics hailing from 1940’s Kyrgystan, 19th Century France, and even 1870’s Navajo outposts. A viewer favorite was definitely the floor-sweeping gown worn by iconic Alva Chinn. The gown is made of 19th Century silk brocade drapes from a little chateau in France.
Teddy Vonranson debuted “North Beach”, a Fall/Winter collection that captures the essence of “literal and metaphorical winter beaches”. The color palette features various deep hues of blues and greens reminiscent of the ocean waves and sky above. As well as calming hues of orange reminiscent of a winter sunset. The ski-chic trend carries on.
William Frederick debuted a collection deeply inspired by the designer’s grandfather and the people of his hometown (Cleveland, Ohio). It’s being called “leisurewear for artists” due to the sensible designs and sturdy material. The designer aims to create pieces that can be worn for 20-30 years.
That dedication to quality and sustainability is a standout in an industry full of fast fashion.
Atelier Cillian debuted “The Misdeeds of Dashwood”, an Autumn/Winter collection featuring a deep crimson and black color palette. Notable pieces were the dashing top hats, and excellently-tailored cigar-coat style jackets.
Nicholas Raefski debuted “Meet Me by the Bleachers”, a Fall/Winter collection featuring vibrant 70’s-inspired staples. The designs ranged from a sunset-hued puffer coat, pants, and tote bag set to a deep brown velvet tracksuit. Graphic sweaters dotted this collection – a surefire trend for the coming months. We love the unisex versatility of each look.
Clara Son debuted EXUVIA, a Fall/winter collection that features earth-tones and ruched fabrics reminiscent of textures in nature – moths wings, crumbled leaves. The collection name, Exuvia, is fitting as it means “an animal’s cast or sloughed skin, especially that of an insect larva”.
The Academy New York
The Academy New York took a unique approach to the traditional presentation style. Instead of placing models throughout the room, The Academy allowed show-goers to flip through the collection. As though they were a fashion buyer popping from rack to rack, attendees literally had a hands-on experience. How many times have we wanted to reach right onto the runway just to get a feel for a piece. The academy upped the intimate experience with a piano serenade by Sharon Van Essen.
A fan favorite was the yellow and green chevron set featuring a sleeveless vest and tailored trousers. A patterned take on the suiting-up trend could be a refreshing twist this season.
Overall, Men’s Day was a vibrant and expressive event leaving showgoers with much to contemplate (and shop for). Which of the Men’s Day presentations speaks to your personal style?