My first impression on New York Fashion Week this year wasn't massively astounding. But as the clock ticks by and more shows take place I am finding myself getting more and more excited. The menswear looks in particular, I am now coveting and am already inspired to start building my spring/summer wardrobe for next year (regardless of the fact that I am yet to buy much for this year's impending winter).
Marc by Marc Jacobs was a definite highlight. The soft, floaty, slouchy, effortless tailoring was executed brilliantly. Not sloppy or lazy-looking. I adore the belted "potato sack" style trousers, definitely buying into that trend next season.
The Chuck Bass/Talented Mr. Ripley, nautical/preppy aesthetic is perfect for spring/summer and something I've been trying to evoke all this year. It's the perfect balance of smart/casual. Comfortable and relaxed, yet subtly formal.
Oh and Marc, I'll be needing this coat -
And perhaps the matching trousers too...
... actually that coat ain't half bad either... feeling generous?
Next to impress (admittedly, unexpectedly) was Phillip Lim's 3.1 Phillip Lim Mens S/S 11 collection.
Clean-cut tailoring seasoned with accents of sheer fabrics, leathers and suedes made for an interesting take on spring/summer casual wear (a combination of hard and soft is what I am all about). With a subtle Asian influence on the details (cut, patterns, belts etc.) there's a true sense of exotic and rare designs, yet with them still being functional, practical and very wearable.
Black suede short shorts?
Suede belted jacket with pockets & shoulder details?
This look (below) in particular stood out to me and I would liken it to Gareth Pugh meets Burberry Prorsum's S/S '11 collection (a particular favourite collection of mine).
Tan leather short shorts with a nude grandad collar shirt anyone?
This entire outfit?
Keep it coming NYC!