Suiting continues to be a big trend in menswear as was apparent during the Autumn/Winter 2016 NYFWM. While expected from such brands as Hickey Freeman and Suitsupply, who both showed terrific collections, there was also a wealth of tailored looks from other designers as well. David Hart added a jazz spin to his looks. Robert James added a New York feel in classic black and white. While Joseph Abboud up his game with an elegant line of suiting. Nick Graham also but his spin on the suit using a wooded setting as his backdrop.
For his second outing in suiting, Graham looked to the great outdoors. “Men in their Natural Habitat” was the theme of his presentation that was designed to honor U.S. National Parks in celebration of their centennial anniversary. Suited looks were set in against a backdrop of trees and adorned with twigs, stuffed animals, pinecones and such.
Graham’s initial outing, entitled, and “Everywhere” sought to explore the traveler in every man. While there were a few exceptions, the first collection played with color but presented primarily tonal looks. In the current collection, we saw suited looks, many of them 3-piece looks, in a bold mixing of plaids and patterns.
The presentation sought to recreate the forest as the models were interspersed between shrubbery to create a wooded atmosphere. Attendees had to weave in between the models who were sometimes obstructed or over taken by the trees or their “accessories”. While the presentation at times was congested and confusion, there was a clear sense of direction for the clothes.
See more of the collection here (all photos by me):