New York Fashion Week: Men's has wrapped up its second season, and while it wasn't a runaway success — critics pointed out a lack of originality; the schedule was relatively light, with few big tentpole events — plenty of cool pieces hit the runway. Though some of the biggest shows like Public School, John Elliott and Tim Coppens showcased the elevated streetwear looks that many guys are going for these days, the more classic, tailored guy had his options, too. In the estimation of one dude who lives and breathes menswear, here are 10 key pieces from New York Fashion Week: Men's that the average guy could definitely pull off himself.
1. CWST Sherpa Jacket
CWST's latest line carries with it a sort of grunge-hiker vibe. There's a lot of flannel and fleece, mixed together in a way that feels more "Pacific Northwest burnouts with potential" than the type of solitary outdoorsmen who would try to make out with a marmot. This lined trucker jacket falls into the "throw it on and you're done" category of men's outerwear, the kind of no-nonsense piece that even the most fashion-deaf dude could appreciate. Versatile enough to go with everything he already owns, but nice enough to elevate the rest of the outfit.
2. John Elliott Aluminum Bomber
John Elliott may have developed a cult following for his cuffed sweatpants and side-zip sweatshirts, but the best thing about him is how dedicated he is to pushing the envelope each season. Men's clothes are all about progression through small evolution. Here, Elliott takes the classic two-way zip bomber jacket and makes it new with a crazy aluminum bonded fabric that holds its shape, sort of like a super-tough pair of jeans. The metallic fabric gives it a slight sheen, but over time it'll conform to your movements, like a fully-canvassed suit would.
3. Stampd x Filling Pieces Sneakers
Designer Chris Stamp made a name for himself for the kind of clothes that toed the line between sports memorabilia and streetwear staples. (Think all-black football jerseys that cheered for no particular team.) He upped the ante this season with distressed mock neck sweaters, cropped military pants with a zipper hem and chunky cable knit sweaters with bondage-inspired straps hanging down. But the DJ Khaled-key-emoji of the collection was the sneakers — a collaboration with Dutch sneaker label Filling Pieces. Dubbed the "FP Regime," the shoe looks like a streamlined Air Jordan III, taking away the static of the elephant print and excessive branding for a clean, basketball-inspired silhouette that looks great off the court.
4. Siki Im Boxy Graphic Tees
Siki Im was inspired by vampires for his collection. Real vampires, not the glittery-in-the-sun kind. We're talking ancient Pagan sex god bloodsuckers and terrible-but-memorable B-movie lore. His collection was primarily black and sanguine, with asymmetrical zip sweatshirts from his DEN IM line also worth mentioning, but his boxy graphic tees stole the show. Emblazoned with images that pay homage to cult classics like Vampyros Lesbos, there's even one done in the style of vintage rock band tour tee — except the back lists the designer's favorite vampire films, rather than show dates.
5. Billy Reid Robe Coat
Part proper topcoat, part cozy robe, expect the robe coat to casually work its way into men's wardrobes soon. Southern designer Billy Reid made an especially handsome one in a versatile camel color, the kind that can push a guy out of his comfort zone while reassuring him that, yes, what he's wearing matches. What guy wouldn't want to dress like he never got out of bed, anyway?
6. Tim Coppens Acid Hoodie
Who doesn't like a casual drug reference that looks like the logo of the EDM band du jour? Tim Coppens has developed a cult following for his sportswear-heavy, pseudo-futuristic designs, and this graphic hoodie just looks cool, while the side-zip pockets make it different from the plethora of kangaroo-pocketed versions most dudes have. And in keeping in line with the current movement of "show now buy now" collections, Coppens just released the "Acid" collection on his website.
7. Second/Layer Flannel Shirt Jacket
Inspired by the cool Hispanic dude in the low-rider on the block always getting the flyest girls, Second/Layer's fall 2016 collection could best be described as pobrecito-chic. Trading in Nike Cortezes for Vans Old Skools, the well-edited collection had many things that tick the boxes for most menswear guys: graphic hoodies, tiny prints that read "She's Only With You WHEN SHE'S WITH YOU" and knit logos on long-sleeve polos. But the flannel shirt jacket with a hood stands out as an elevated version of the kind of utilitarian workwear you'd more likely find at a Kmart. The fabric is much nicer and the fit's been perfected, which explains the price hike, but really, it's the kind of low-key designer piece that's almost its own reward.
8. Deveaux Robe Coat
The robe coat showed itself in several iterations at Deveaux, a new line by the guys who own the menswear shop Carson Street. But the one that stole the show was this white shearling version. Plenty of white pieces featured in the line, inspired by "the Guilty Remnant" from the hit television show The Leftovers, but the beautiful impracticality of wearing something like this out in New York City is such a big flex that it's almost worth the dry-cleaning bills. Or, you know, you could just buy it in black.
9. Ovadia & Sons Leopard-Print Sweater
Ovadia & Sons presented a line of luxe pieces that included a crane-embroidered souvenir jacket and a satin robe coat that I personally liked, but definitely aren't for everybody. With that, here's a nice subdued leopard print sweater. For the guy who "doesn't do pattern" nor color, it's a bit of a departure that shouldn't feel too far from his comfort zone.
10. Palmiers du Mal Pleated Trousers
Pleated trousers that are roomy in the waist and taper at the bottom are one of those on-the-horizon trends that guys can hop on early without worrying too much. Besides, the roomier waist more easily accommodates smartphones. Fledgling label Palmiers du Mal offers the perfect pair in a solid navy with the right amount of taper. If you want to channel A$AP Rocky or Woody Harrelson in "Natural Born Killers," you can tuck a T-shirt in and wear a set or circular shades.