New York Fashion Week is one of the most highly anticipated seasons. In a whirlwind of fur, spandex, cotton and bold stripes and pattern, designers get to exhibit their creativity and passion to the world. For many designers, NYFW Men’s was a dire make it or break it time for their career. MEFeater had the opportunity to exclusively attend the shows and share our thoughts. Read the NYFW Men’s recap below, with thoughts from our staff!
1. Head Of State
Head Of State was founded in 2016 by Nigerian born designer Taofeek Abijako at the tender age of 17. Head of State focuses on furthering the philosophy of ‘thoughtful, inconspicuous and honest designs’ while combining a minimalist streetwear approach with social and political commentary.
The ‘Genesis’ collection is the translation of Afro-futurism portrayed by the likes of Parliament-Funkadelic and Sun Ra and distilled through the lens of West African youth. The collection celebrates the vibrancy of West African youth culture in the ‘70s and draws parallels to modern times. Homage is paid to legendary African musician/activist Fela Kuti.
Stark white colors paired with soft pastels tones provided the runway with a tranquilizing vibe, captivating the audience and feathering dapper fashion for men.
2. Feng Chen Wang
Chinese born and London based designer Feng Chen Wang dominated the runway this season. The Royal College of Art graduated composed a collection based on her exploration of human life, essentially what ‘completes us.’
Lures of denim combined with bright spring colors captivated the audience, providing a futuristic setting with revitalizing fashion.
“I really enjoyed the themes and creativity that was put into the shows and presentations. One brand had a whole freestyle dance moment which honestly blew me away! One thing I didn’t particularly care for this season was the lack of fluidity in some designs. I understand it’s men’s week but we also don’t want to view anything cliché, I would love to see more fluidity!” – Ziggy Johnson, MEFeater Stylist
The SS ’19 collection entitled ‘Future Nomad,’ focused on highlighting Portland, Oregon, DYNE’s home base. “Paying homage to the beautiful yet rugged landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, DYNE’s connection is not only to the modern technological world but also to the natural world in which we all must coexist,” said Creative Director Christopher Bevans.
The collection featured color-block and functional pieces, with a color palette of bright poppy red, maritime blue, charcoal and sleek onyx, all for a luxurious and pioneering style.