This week we're a bit boy crazy at Fashionista, and rightfully so: The first-ever New York Fashion Week: Men's kicked off on Monday with a packed lineup of presentations, runway shows and events. Despite the tight schedule, men's week feels far more laid-back than its women's counterpart, with more edited crowds, less street style peacocking and venues in close proximity, which make bouncing from show to show a breeze. We'll be bringing you a full report on those aspects later in the week, but for now, read on for our favorite things from the first two days of NYFW:M.
Thom Browne's Take on the Office
We can easily imagine Thom Browne's preppy, shrunken suiting in a high-powered office environment, but stepping inside the designer's vision of said "office" was a crazy (and claustrophobic) way to start the day. In a tiny mirrored room with a metal-plated desk setup in the center, walls were lined with models wearing suits in a gradient of grey, complete with matching brogues and black sunglasses. Perhaps this is what corporate life will look like in the future?
Public School's Smooth Criminals
The most popular guys on the NYFW:M calendar are arguably Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osbourne of Public School, and to live up to that reputation, they set up faux prison lineups featuring some of New York's coolest folks to model the spring collection. Menswear icon Nick Wooster, musician George Lewis Jr. (aka Twin Shadow), up-and-comer Luka Sabbat and designer/actor Waris Ahluwalia all took part in the presentation, which featured androgynous, streetwise separates in black, white and navy.
Robert Geller's Dockside Duds
The German-born designer looked to the seaside vacations of his youth for the spring show, and models walked down a dock-like runway in lightweight looks suitable for a warm weather getaway. While we don't see all of the men in our lives getting on board with Geller's half-sock and sandal combos and chunky rope necklaces, the comfortably oversized pants and silky button-downs should please even the most stringent landlubbers.
Todd Snyder's Hunky Runway Casting
"Androgynous" could be used to describe most of the models at the menswear shows and presentations we've seen thus far. Such was not the case at Todd Snyder, who showed his handsome separates on equally handsome, beefed-up dudes. Snyder's classic designs — many of which we'd like to wear ourselves if the sizing was right — also brought out an impressive number of celebrities, like Christian Slater, Darren Criss, Dwyane Wade (with his ageless wife, Gabrielle Union), Tyson Beckford and Joe Jonas.
Rochambeau's Venue-Shaking Live Performance
Aside from the metallic runway and a front row appearance by rapper iLoveMakonnen, the Rochambeau show stood out thanks to an ear-splitting live performance by Prayers, the self-proclaimed "Cholo Goth" music duo. Check out one of their videos to see what we mean.
Rag & Bone's Parkour Extravaganza
Most labels display the movement of their clothes on walking models, but Rag & Bone — which opted for a mannequin presentation cum short film screening to present the spring collection — turned to parkour. In a video projected over a giant brick wall, models flipped, jumped and climbed in crisp, athletic pieces. The brand plans debut the full film on its website on Wednesday afternoon.
Duckie Brown Frees the Nipple
With all of the fuss about "freeing the nipple" in women's fashion (and on social media) these days, it was refreshing to see the men's take on the subject. Will any guys we know start walking around in totally sheer t-shirts? We can't wait to find out.
Thaddeus O'Neil's Zombie Surfers
Thaddeus O'Neil called his spring collection “Children of the Night." Inspired by both surf culture and the original "Dracula" novel by Bram Stoker, his models looked like pretty chill zombie dudes who just got back from hitting the beach. Awesome.