New York Fashion Week is known for bringing together the best fashion from around the world, but some of its best talent is locally-sourced. While women’s wear generally gets the spotlight, the most cutting edge of men’s wear is shown as well. Here’s the best of this year’s New York Fashion Week for men, starting with designs made in New York:
KITH by Ronnie Fleg
Queens-based KITH was established in 2011 by footwear designer Ronnie Fieg. This was only KITH’s second time at fashion week, but for a new brand it generated a lot of buzz. It didn’t hurt that attendees included the likes of LeBron James, Jerry Lorenzo, and Action Bronson – but the collection stood on its own regardless. KITH’s streetwear sensibilities were reflected in the 90s-inspired jackets, soccer gear, and other contemporary ready-to-wear pieces. Collaborations with Champion, Nike, Adidas, and Disney rounded out the collection.
Ryohei Kawanishi, the creative director of Landlord, was born in Japan, lived in East London, and has since settled in Harlem. Chief executive Daniel Huang grew up in Chinatown, and now the two of them operate out of an old military uniform manufacturing warehouse in Sunset Park. The brand is inspired by its locale – readymade and work uniforms – and their Spring 2018 collection takes its cues from reggae. Oversize knits, a Rastafarian-influenced color palette, and artful color-blocking contribute to an Afro-Caribbean feel.
This luxury label was born in New York and 80% of its clothing is made here, too – with the remaining items being manufactured in LA. The Spring 2018 collection stuck to clean lines and a muted palette, and in a nod to Japanese architect Tadao Ando, incorporated the use of raw materials. The overall effect was a relaxed yet sophisticated concept, including vintage-inspired A-line coats, color-blocked knitwear, and classic khaki-and-white-top combinations.
Raun LaRose is known for his futuristic style and use of innovative fabrics and texture. After interning with Zac Posen in 2010, LaRose started to work on his self-titled brand, which experiments with shape and fabric while still remaining practical. His spring/summer 2018 collection is inspired by modern technology and the birth of Silicon Valley, giving it a futuristic look and feel. Wide-legged trousers, power suits, bomber jackets, and shiny fabrics were all featured on LaRose’s runway
Born in Iowa and based in New York, Todd Snyder is the quintessential New York transplant success story. After designing for Polo Ralph Lauren and working as Director of Menswear for Gap, Inc., Snyder launched his self-titled brand in Fall 2011. He aims for a relaxed look combined with impeccable fit and quality fabrics. This year’s spring collection draws inspiration from Morocco, France, downtown New York, and even his home state of Iowa. Marrakech-inspired multistripes, Japanese selvedge jeans, and lots of pleats came together for a slightly more eclectic take on Snyder’s brand.
This year, bomber jackets, wide-legged trousers, and global influences were common themes for men’s fashion. Even luxury brands known for classic silhouettes felt inspired to experiment with proportions, fabrics, and details like pleats. It will be interesting to see how these looks translate from the runway to the streets of NYC.