On Monday Feburary 15th, 11 noteworthy designers showcased menswear and genderless collections at New York Men’s Day.
From the unprecedented past year, to fantasy characters, to mantras, and even horror movies, here’s a recap of the brilliant and breathtaking shows inspired by anything and everything.
*showing at NYMD for the first time
A.Potts: Bright yellows, dark grays, and striking plaids were the root of A.Potts genderless collection for men and women. The Fall/Winter 2021 collection creates contrast with light and dark, “claiming space within the darkness through lightness and positivity”, and reflects practicality.
Carter Young: Inspired by classic Universal horror movies, American photographer Irving Penn, and the Twilight Zone, Carter Young’s “Doldrums” is full of rich dark velvets that embody just those ideas. A staple piece throughout his menswear collection? Collars–perfect for those cold days in New York.
Chelsea Grays*: Bringing to our attention all issues of 2020, Gray’s menswear collection “Homage to 2020” reflects police brutality, protesting, coronavirus, voting issues, and other ideas from one hell of a year. The light and dark prints and patterns are made from wool, cotton, silk, and satin garments–all of which represent 2020 and it’s specific controversies.
Federico Cina*: “A Emilia” showcases the tradition and values of Federico Cina’s history and culture, and an ancient road passing through a city where Cina resides. Textured and graphic coats, sweaters, and hats are the backbone of this genderless collection.
Ka Wa Key: Inspired by larger-than-life fantasy characters like Willy Wonka, Moira Rose, Peter Pan, and the Mad Hatter, Through The Looking Glass is bright, bold, and imaginative with prints, fuzzy fabrics, and geometric elements. The genderless collection is exactly what we needed after the dark and drab year.
KoH T*: This menswear and womenswear collection sheds light on the principles from Yin and Yang. Undertones and deep blacks carry this collection with layered looks and functionality in mind. KoH T mantra’s “everything in this world by nature is beautiful”, steered the inspiration.
ONYRMRK*: Soft earthy browns and occasional plaids lift up this menswear collection that focuses on the importance of kinship in a time where we are forced to be apart. Using only natural fabrics, ONYRMRK rethinks ‘ease, comfort, and effortlessness’ of 90s fashion with a sense of modernity.
Stan: Surfer, model and artist Tristan Detwiler’s collection is gender and season neutral as he pulls inspiration from The Bumann Quilting group, “a weekly get-together where women share a fellowship and common bond in the history of the land, textiles, and the art of quilting”. Quilted fabrics take on a whole new meaning in fashion made into trendy coats, shorts, pants, and everything in between.
TEDDY VONRANSON: Inspired by Manhattan Island in New York City, this “love letter” to the city showcases staple and classic pieces in mens streetwear. But don’t be fooled–these neutrals and soft prints are head-turners from any corner.
The Stolen Garment*: When designer Woo Park took a trip to a used bookstore in Seoul with his closest friends, he was inspired by the “tragic poignancy” of the books. The 2021 genderless collection has no lack of texture, unique silhouettes, and unseen patterns and graphics.
Timo Weiland: Dressing for the work-from-home situation is given a whole new meaning by Timo Weiland–polished leisure. The menswear collection gives day-to-night a run for it’s money–the polished yet casual pieces are perfect for relaxing on your couch and zooming with co-workers minutes later.