New York Fashion Week: Men’s

The first-ever New York Week: Men’s  drew to a close on July 16, leaving a new set of trends which echoes that of London, Paris, and Milan.

The Orley collection is a family affair: The label is helmed by brothers Alex and Matthew Orley, and Matthew’s wife, Samantha. This season, as they explained before their presentation, they found inspiration in the “opposites attract” nature of the Orley parents’ marriage, not to mention the ’70s era.

Duckie Brown was one of the standout collections of the season.  The collection which featured overly voluminous sack pants, sheer shirts and superoversize jackets.  “They’re just 48-inch trousers with the waists cinched in and M1 bombers and flight jackets,” said his partner, Daniel Silver.  The shirts were made from organza, crepe de chine and charmeuse.  It’s no secret that Duckie Brown has been walking the gender-bending line since the beginning, and in a time where other big designers are on board, it’s only fair to give a nod to one of the pioneers.

John Elliot + Co is an emerging label and this season it is really finding its feet. The duo behind the athletic-conceptual hybrid presented a limited yet impressive collection, one with an unusual starting point—a marathon through Vietnam.  With this collection John Elliott is no longer just a promising designer — he’s now transformed into a fashion favorite and his spring collection solidified his standing.

Richard Chai Spring 2016 collection featured relaxed silhouettes of wearable fashions with a charming youthful edge.  The designer expanded his men’s wear offering in which he featured an array of voluminous pants and culottes — an emerging trend of the week; head-turning trenchcoats, and softly tailored suits.   He also used updated pinstripes and plaids, that when mixed with album-inspired prints, brought new life to the heritage patterns.

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