RECAP: MOST FASHION-FORWARD SS15 SHOWS AT NYFW
Finally, the menswear recap of NYFW SS15 you've all been waiting for. Prepare for a lot of scrolling.
- Even before making our way to Milk Studios, we had a growing hunch that it'll be my favorite show of the season. It fulfilled all our expectations and more.
Kerby Jean-Raymond singlehandedly made all my jumpsuit wet dreams come true with moto-style details so mind-blowing - that it seemed a little too good to be true (until we pinched ourselves again).
The rest of the collection is equally wardrobe-ready; all modern, fashion-forward without looking too farfetched.
Providing backstage and front-of-stage coverage for Duckie Brown's show was such a treat for us this season: a) we get to see and ogle at fresh faces (with just the right amount of dewiness by
) normally only privy to us on
, b) the amount of hard work that really goes into a show - it really does resemble a circus troupe and c) that moment when every component comes together - just priceless. There was a strong showing of classic, menswear staples elevated, which is so characteristic of Duckie Brown, with a solid display of stripes and plaids in pale pinks and blues. What a revelation!
RESURRECTION by JUYOUNG LEE / BEYOND CLOSET by TAE YONG SS15 SHOWS (
We were delighted to be invited again to Concept Korea this season, because it's always so exciting to see the incredible level of talent overseas in South Korea. South Korean influence is so global that it's unavoidable (and that's a good thing) nowadays. A little known fact is most Koreans make up a small majority of design teams at top fashion houses, and it's easy to see why. We're both drawn to JuYoung Lee's designs for her Resurrection collection, with visible inspiration drawn from some of my favorite designers like Rick Owens, Yohji Yamamoto and Damir Doma, and Tae Yong's work for Beyond Closet, a significantly more streetwear line with palpably luxe feel to it.
- After attending Ricardo Seco's shows for the past two seasons, we're a bit surprised that his collections still doesn't have much of a stockist presence stateside. We think that is long overdue, given how cutting-edge yet wearable Seco's clothes are. The SS15 collection is heavily inspired by his Mexican native heritage - the custom-beaded New Balance sneakers as well as skateboards were so refreshing to see on the runway and would translate to the streets just as seamlessly. Usually, we're so used to seeing cultural influences and associations that simply don't translate well into fashion;
. Ricardo Seco not only paid homage to his ancestry beautifully but also made stunning, ready-to-wear pieces for the masses!
- Older Brother's debut collection was such a breath of fresh air, especially after all the crowded fashion shows and presentations we went to. The simple, naturally-dyed and muted pastel tones, particularly the beige and peach, has me in the mood for Spring already. But with staples, ranging from sweatshirts to trousers, in such neutral colors, the collection can be easily worn regardless of the season.
- If you've seen
, you should know by now that Christina Yi doesn't exactly follow the rules. Her Bone's SS15 collection was anything but conventional. The pieces themselves are literally deconstructed and reconnected, much like sinews of the human body, as alluded to by the name. Although we could've done without the tissue wrapping around the legs, since it somewhat detracted away from the impact of the clothes, Christina Yi is undeniably bold and moves along to the beat of her own drum.
- Luar Zepol's SS15 showing at Webster Hall was a reference to the daily battles one confronted in a school, almost war-like setting - the clothes certainly appeared to be armor-like. There were moments where it felt a little contrived, borderline cliche, but we did love the Rick Owens-esque vibes that some of the robe-like and cropped tunics that the clothes gave. While artistic and abstract in concept, the collection is also quite utilitarian and functional with a nod to cargo pants and bomber jackets. Side note: Raul Lopez, founder of Luar Zepol, also co-founded Hood by Air (HBA).
- We waited with baited breath and in eager anticipation as we got seated for Patrik Ervell. With such high hopes, we were a little disappointed by Ervell's rather safe collection this season. Don't get us wrong - he completely nailed the very definition of an elevated classic staple in any man's closet. But it just seemed a little tired and overdone. We did, however, dig the leather overcoat as well as the custom-made Dr. Marten clogs worn throughout the show.
Perhaps what is considered the shortest but most dramatic show of my entire Fashion Week coverage so far, G Star RAW and Pharrell's introduced their
with a bright lights and a brief but touching speech by the famed artist. You can't get anymore fashion forward than that.
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