WOODHOUSE GETS PLAYFUL FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2018
HEAD OF STATE+ makes its debut at New York Fashion Week: Men’s
Bristol Los Angeles puts a new spin on old streetwear classics from the early 2000’s
Daniel Hechter showcased its spring/summer 2018 collection at Dune Studios during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. As Daniel Hechter was new to this season’s New York Men’s Day roster I marked it down as a brand to watch. Although new to me Daniel Hechter Paris is a French label with 50+ years under their belt.
Krammer & Stoudt returned to New York Men’s Day for the presentation of its spring/summer 2018 collection. The east coast brand didn’t stray away from its west coast vibes, however, it did offer a more laid back technique. Michael Rubin the designer behind the brand pulled inspiration from his childhood camping trips in Baja Cali: a Mexican State bordering California.
Models were super chill surrounded by shimmering silver pop-up palm trees and soft lighting which helped create a more mellow aesthetic. The collection itself was a contemporary bohemian So-Cal feel infused with a southwest latin twist. Hues of blue were the primary color palette used. The line also added pops of cream, beige, green, and purple. Intricate stripes, embroideries, and graphic prints were prominent in the collection as well. Featured pieces were casual suits, light sports jackets, silk-like button down shirts, ankle length cuffed trousers, short knit robe-like sweaters, and matching short and shirt sets.
Although some of the pieces may look a bit heavy for summer to the eye their soft, light, and airy to the touch. This was achieved by the use of several fine fabrics, chief of which were sponsored by Albini Group.
The Albini Group is an Italian textile house responsible for producer of some of the world’s finest shirting fabrics. This they partnered with the CFDA and New York Men’s Day to donate a selection of luxury fabrics to New York’s most promising emergent designers.
David Hart presented his spring/summer 2018 collection at the 8th biannual New York Men’s Day held at Dune Studios. Always an exciting show, Hart’s premium hand tailored clothing offers a mix of retro with a modern day flair. This season Hart channeled Cuban tourism or at least the idea of it as inspiration for his collection. As Hart has yet to visit the Caribbean Island for himself. He pulled Cuban references from music, photos, and cinema.
Hart did a fantastic job setting the mood, which was felt as soon as I stepped foot into the room. The runway was lined with Cuban style tiles, there were the palm plants, palm trees, and music to match. The collection was bright, colorful, fresh, and fun. With sharply tailored clothing that we expect as well as sportswear. There were: tropical print short-sleeve shirts, boldly striped blazers, sash-like neck scarves, Panama hats, and bermuda-ish shorts. Pant suits ranged in color from cream, navy, and a sand-like brown. Stand out colors was an orange reminiscent of my grandmother’s favorite sorbet, to a special kind of red that had me thinking of bloody mary cocktails on a white sanded beach. The most memorable look for me, hands down was the mint green suit pants and matching blazer paired with a banana print camp shirt, ¡increíble!
Hart also showed two women’s wear looks that would pair perfectly with the David Hart guy. The ladies wore pleated high-waist pants with tie-off shirts. The beach vibes were felt and I left the show feeling ready to pack my bags and head off to Cuba. For any readers in the US that are feeling the Cuban spirit, you may want to plan a trip sooner than later considering Trump’s plans to pull back on tourism from the US to Cuba.
Born in Germany, 27-year-old “army brat” Julian Woodhouse is the man behind the Wood House brand. He launched his self-titled brand in 2014 while living and modeling in Seoul, South Korea.
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Los Angeles-based lifestyle brand Bristol maximizes the glamor of nonchalance in its second collection.
Uri Minkoff, up-and-coming menswear designer and brother of Rebecca Minkoff, reinvents the wardrobe of the modern urban commuter in his Fall 2017 collection.