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Nick Graham AW 2017

New York Fashion Week Recap: Nick Graham AW 2017

He may have been showing his A/W 2017 collection however Nick Graham clearly had his sights set on a time further in the future. Nick Graham AW 2017 was entitled Life on Mars: A/W 2035. Jumping 18 years in the future, Graham envisioned tailored looks with an out of this world flair even enlisting former astronaut, Buzz Aldrin to walk the runway. While his feet were firmly planted on Earth for his A/W 2016 collection, Graham was clearly reaching for the stars in the current collection.

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New Fashion Week Recap: Nick Graham A/W 2017

Typically most designers look 12 months ahead when presenting their collections during New York Fashion Week. As social media has made these collections more accessible for public viewing that time frame has gotten even shorter. That’s why all eyes where on Nick Graham when he presented his collection AW 2017 entitled Life on Mars: Fall-Winter…

Joseph Abboud F/W 2017

New York Fashion Week Recap: Joseph Abboud F/W 2017

Many people know Joseph Abboud from his position as the Chief Creative Director for Men’s Wearhouse. His line of clothing, shoes and accessories have been a popular line for that store over the past few years. In addition he is the creator of the Black Brown 1826 line over at Lord and Taylor. The designer is now celebrating his 30th anniversary and he presented his premium Joseph Abboud F/W 2017 collection as part of New York Fashion Week Men’s.

The Joseph Abboud F/W 2017 collection followed along the tradition of beautiful luxury clothes which have been a mainstay of New York Fashion Week Men’s since its inception.

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New York Fashion Week Recap: Joseph Abboud F/W 2017

Since starting out at New York Fashion Week Men’s, Joseph Abboud’s shows have never failed to disappoint. Fall/Winter 2017 was no exception. Joseph Abboud’s luxurious collection of tailored suiting and sportswear is one of the reasons today’s men still value the art of dressing up. Abboud’s collection was decidedly dark drawing inspiration from Edgar Allen…

New York Men's Day

NYFWM F/W 2017: New York Men’s Day

When New York Fashion Week Men’s (NYFWM) separated from the women’s shows one of the main events to join the week was New York Men’s Day. Now considered the start of the men’s fashion week in New York, this event presented by Agentry PR was initially started as a showcase for up and coming men’s designers so not to get lost during the women’s shows. Now New York Men’s Day is one of the mainstays of NYFWM.

This year New York Men’s Day featured 12 designers in two showings.

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New York Fashion Week Recap: New York Men’s Day

MenslifeDC was fortunate to attend New York Fashion Week. Over a series of articles, we will present many of the fashions that will hit the runway for Fall/Winter 2017. First up was New York Men’s Day (NYMD). The brainchild of AgentryPR, NYMD was started before men’s fashion had a week of their own.

NYFWM: Loris Diran Spring/Summer 2017

Change was in the air for the Loris Diran Spring/Summer 2017 collection. In the past few seasons, Diran presented his designs on the runway. While always an enjoyable show, this time he opted for a presentation.  It was a great opportunity to get a closer look at his clothes. As a result, this was a wise choice.

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Casual yet elegant was the theme behind this Loris Diran Spring/Summer 2017 collection. Diran featured suiting in a variety of silhouettes in muted summer colors. The color palette was reminiscent of  the beautiful dimming colors at dusk. The structure was much more relaxed then when compared with collections from Suit Supply or the Hart x Hart collection. Softer shoulders and non-traditional shapes was the theme, offering a change from the traditional suit. Thus providing a nice alternative for the upcoming season.

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Along side these pieces where the more casual elements. Oversized jackets, shirts and sweaters were shown over joggers and other slim fit slacks creating athleisure looks. However these looks seemed a little more refined than what is regularly seen on the streets today. Despite this softening, the collection seemed to take on a more masculine feel than previous ones.

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Favorite looks included the two toned blazer, the oversized zip cardigan with matching jogger pants and the blazer with light embelishment around the collar and pockets. The latter looked like a masculine interpretation of a ladies Chanel blazer. And just like Chanel, it will be highly coveted.

See more of Loris Diran’s collection in slideshow

Thorsun Spring/Summer 2017

Thorsun’s Spring/Summer 2017 line of swimwear and beach clothing is entitled, “Permanent Vacation.” Every summer you tell yourself you’re going to be summer ready. If you made it, congratulations, if you didn’t, don’t think you’re off the hook for next summer. Thorsun is hot and you will want to be ready.

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George Soltelo continues to heat up summer with his line of sporty swimwear. This year he also introduced a women’s line. Thorsun’s swimwear is not the provocative swimwear carried by other brands. It’s more of the modern swimsuit for the active individual.

The mostly patterned trucks are slightly below mid thigh and no bulky long boards shorts. The shorter trunks are just a hair above mid thigh but there were no bikini or square cuts for guys. This is a collection that celebrates the human physique yet will appeal to a wide spectrum of guys. The small ladies collection featured bikinis, maillots and even board shorts suggesting a nice variety to select from.

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The patterns take center stage as opposed to bright bold colors. Darker reds, blues and greens are the dominant colors and patterns feature geometric shapes and tortoises. Here one got the impression that Soltelo designed his Thorsun collection with longevity in mind by not opting for the in color palettes of the moment giving true meaning to the title, “Permanent Collection.”

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Nautica Spring/Summer 2017

The Tailored Traveler

Was it a day in the toney Hamptons or on some luxurious island resort? No, it was Nautica’s Spring/Summer 2017 presentation. The brand stayed trued to it nautical sensiblities and showcased its latest collection, “The Tailored Traveler,”  in a series of fun outdoor vignettes.

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Nautica’s “Traveled Tailor” brings the Modern Riviera to NYFWM

One thing that can be said about Nautica is that it sticks to what it knows best. And what it does best is present collections that stay true its nautical roots. The Spring/Summer 2017 collect was no exception. The collection inspired by the “Tailored Traveler” took viewers to the Modern Riviera.

Zachary Prell Spring/Summer 2017

As part of New York Fashion Week Men’s, Zachary Prell presented his 2017 Spring/Summer collection. The presentation was called Renew, “an immersion of warm and cool revealed through natural fibers, refined textures and modern silhouettes.”

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The designer is known for his contemporary American sportswear For 2017, the look is all about casualness. Even the suited looks maintained a casual feel. As a result, no neckties for the Zachary Prell man. This guy eschews the tie in favor of sandals and the headscarf.

Zachary Prell’s collection features great pieces to incorporate into a guy’s everyday wardrobe. Think business casual to play where suits aren’t overly structured but can easily work in an office setting. For the upcoming S/S 2017, many of the pants and shorts will be pleated.  Colors are pale blues, coral, stone and navy. The coral or pale pink is the hot color popping up in several collections this season.

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Today shows are receiving immediate attention as social media has enabled attendees to provide coverage of the looks in real time. To take advantage of this fact, Zachary Prell in conjunction with Gilt made several of its pieces available on Gilt’s website for 24 hours after the presentation.

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See more of the collection in the slide show

Brett Johnson shows Spring/Summer 2017

It’s always great to see a local guy make good. That’s exactly what Brett Johnson during New York Fashion Week Men’s last week. This was the second time Brett Johnson showed at this popular men’s event. His collection once again stood out as one not to be missed.

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As with the Fall/Winter collection, Johnson looks to the west for his color palette taking his cues from the Arizona and New Mexico deserts. Prominent this year is the dusty rose that popped up in several pieces along with gray, indigo and olive green.

“This season, I wanted the collection to adapt a more relaxed, understated perspective with looser, more casual silhouettes, without losing refined sensibility synonymous with the Brett Johnson brand,” says Johnson. He is known for incorporating lux fabrics and great detail in his work.

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There is a cool casualness in Johnson’s collection. His clothes are those pieces that are perfect for a relaxed evening out. While a couple of looks may be a bit daring for the everyday Washingtonian such as the dusty rose double breasted suit or the indigo jumpsuit, you could easily see these looks being snatched up by the more adventurous fashion elite. It’s a shame we have to wait until next summer. Many of these looks could easily go straight from the runway to the street right now.

Standouts for this year included his knitwear which will definitely be a must have this time next year. DC men will be proud to sport the label of our latest hometown hero.

See the collection slideshow

This article original appeared in Men’s Life DC.

 

 

Garciavelez Spring/Summer 2017

The Verdigris Presentation

For Spring/Summer 2017, Carlos Garciavelez presented his “Verdigris” collection. Garciavelez is not only a designer but an architect, author and Harvard lecturer. Using this diverse background, he infuses these skills in his collections. Read more on MenLifeDC.

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Not only is he a designer but Carlos Garciavelez is an architect, author and Harvard lecturer. For Spring/Summer 2017, he relied on his architectural background for his collection to represent the decay of streets, bridges and cities. The collection entitled, “Verdigris” featured shades of light greenish blue, against whites, slates and blacks.

New York Fashion Week Men’s (NYFWM) is a whirlwind. With tons of shows, presentations and other industry events there’s barely time to breath. As I wade through the thousands of pictures I took during the week, I hope to bring you images of many of the shows that took place during the four days. Please feel free to leave your comments and thoughts on the different collections. Afterall, these are the designs that we’ll be wearing this time next year.

Bauhaus inspired – Suit Supply Spring Summer 2017

One of my favorite shows during New York Fashion Week Men’s is Suit Supply. Their Soho loft is an excellent spot to showcase their upcoming collections. And once again, they did not disappoint.

Suit Supply Spring/Summer 2017

From season to season, Suit Supply has never been one to disappoint. The company has managed to take its suiting, tailored and casual pieces and keep them modern and fresh without being too edgy. The well-equipped Suit Supply man has all the essentials to go from casual to formal simply integrating the collection.

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Casual Cool for Perry Ellis Spring Summer 2017

New York Fashion Week Men’s began on Monday with Perry Ellis presenting at its office in the Hippodrome building.

Casual Cool for Perry Ellis Spring Summer 2017

Perry Ellis kicked off the second New York Fashion Week with its Spring Summer 2017 collection. The collection featured 22 looks in a combination of tech fabrics in muted colors of stone, quartz, marigold and rose. Perry Ellis plays with these colors through the use of color blocking, tonal jacquards and graphic prints.

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NYFWM: Paul Andrew A/W 2016

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NYFWM: Brett Johnson A/W 2016

Nautica A/W 2016 Cover

NYFWM: Nautica A/W 2016

NYFWM: Joseph Abboud A/W 2016

The Brett Johnson Collection is a hot new menswear line to watch



The Brett Johnson Collection is one of the latest menswear lines to hit the fashion radar. Son of Robert and Sheila Johnson of BET fame, Brett Johnson is seeking to make his own mark through his clothing designs. The line launched in 2013 features sleek and stylish outerwear made of high quality fabrics.

Originally available only online, Johnson is now working with retailers to bring his designs to brick and mortar locations. In a recent trunk show held at NeimanMarcus in Mazza Gallerie, Washingtonians got a chance to see the up and coming designer’s handiwork in person. At the event, Examiner.com caught up with the young entrepreneur to get his fashion insight and his take on his collection.

What made you become a designer?
When I was about 8 or 9 I used to source fabrics and leathers and take them up to a cobbler up in New York and have him put them on Air Force 1 Nike shoes. Every since then I was off to the races with that and now I have about 700 pairs of shoes and sneakers so that’s where my first love came from. The second was my mom. She does design work as well and has a line of scarves. We both are very big into quality so that’s why Italy was the right choice for us in terms of fabrics, leathers and construction you can’t get any better.



What can you tell us about your current collection?
For our Autumn/Winter 14 collection, the inspiration behind it was 90s menswear in New York fused with 90s menswear in Italy. You’ll see a lot of tech fabrics, lambskin and pebbled deerskin throughout the collection. One of our bestsellers this season is our parka jacket because of the versatility. You can wear it three different ways. This fabric is from a mill in the northern part of Italy call Limonta. You can actually wear into the shower and not get a drip of water onto you. There’s 100% shearling in the hood and in the collar. You can wear it as a convertible collar with the neck up or just with the hood off. The parka also comes with storm cuffs and lambskin accents.

For the quilted jacket, I took my inspiration from the cobblestone in Florence. This is my reinterpretation. The jacket is made of washable lambskin so that way if you’re out in inclement weather there is no problem with hurting the leather.
The hero piece of the season so this is pebbled deerskin biker jacket. 100% shearling on the collar and we have calf suede here right by the zippers. I love this piece. From the moment I was designing it, I was thinking this is going to be it so we actually use this in our ad campaign as well. The leather it just speaks for itself.

Where are you based?
We are totally based in Bethesda and work with a couple groups out in New York.


Where can you line be found?
This is actually our first season selling wholesale Autumn/Winter. It’s going great we had a trunk show in Dallas at Stanley Korshak and had an amazing sales day. It was there best sales day at their new store, The Shak and we accounted for 2/3s of their sales that day.

Who is your target audience?
Our core demographic is the 28 – 33 year executive, finance guys on the weekend, real estate guys, athletes and entertainers. But the clothes are for everyone. Our parka can range from a guy in his early twenties all the way up to his 70’s. We had a guy in Dallas, 67, who bought this jacket for him and his son.

Where do you see yourself going?
Outerwear but we are getting into knits. This is the first season we are starting to do knits. You’ll see it a lot more in our Spring/Summer ‘15 collection and we are starting to work in trousers. We have a short and two styles of pants for the spring.

Chatting with Johnson, the love for what he does is clearly evident. There’s a twinkle in his eye as he talked about designing each piece and the attention to detail and workmanship is extraordinary. With his clothes being spotted on the likes of jazz musician, Robert Glasper, rapper, Ludacris and Chicago Bears Josh Morgan, it’s only a matter of time before they are snapped up by other discerning gentlemen.

This originally appeared in Examiner.com where you can subscribe to me and check out my other articles.  Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @DCFashionFool or email me at DCFashionFool@gmail.com.  Until next time, Happy Shopping!