Rafal Swiader’s debut men’s fashion week collection was an ode to british punk rock. R.Swiader’s models were laid-back, comfortable, and utilitarians. His collection included basic pieces from colorful plaids to khaki trousers, but once pieced together, it made the utilitarian man.
Based in New York, Swiader told WWD, “I wanted to marry British punk and Parisian romance while preparing a gang of street fighters for a peaceful revolution.”
Short cuffed pants seemed to be the trend in this collection, matched with oversized shirts or sweaters. Swiader was not shy to add Leopard prints and beanie hats. Wool and cotton fabrics were used heavily for his jackets and pants. The models wore a differentiation of black Wellington boots and shoes.
Although the collection is self-proclaimed as British Punk Rock inspiration, R. Swiader can also fit into the boho-chic category. Someone living in SoHo will carry Swiader’s outfit well, because of the type of attitude it exudes. He will bring punk-rock to the city and leave people wondering about who is he and what he does. He is simply cool.
Swiader’s man is a mysterious intellectual but doesn’t carry himself in an obvious manner that screams he’s traditional or has been educated well. Instead Swiader’s man thinks on his feet, loves collaborating, and working with his hands. He chooses comfort first, and then makes it stylish. His first priority when raiding his closet is to wear something that can feel comfortable for what he has planned in the day.
His pieces are interchangeable enough to mix-and-match, in order to make an outfit for a laid-back professional workspace or a relaxing day out. The pants are uniquely stitched. Some of them are wide hemmed and others are wider at the bottom but tight at the top. Matching his jackets with his leopard print silk button up, and pairing it with a choice of khaki pants will make the SoHo man who doesn’t like dressing professionally, feel comfortable and presentable.
Check out some pieces from the collection below:
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