The Highlights of New York Fashion Week: Men’s So Far

The Highlights of New York Fashion Week: Men’s So Far

These are all the collections and celebrity sightings you need to know.

These are all the collections and celebrity sightings you need to know.

Text: Thomas Freeman

With the marquee names—Raf Simons, John Elliot, Theory and John Varvatos to name a few—yet to show, New York Fashion Week Men’s has thus far given more emergent designers the stage.

Monday saw politics commingling with style: Robert James staged his Fall 2017 presentation as a staunch protest against the refugee ban while Ricardo Seco’s immigration-themed collection was also a dig at Trump’s abhorrent immigration platform.

Despite the political dread outside Skylight Clarkson, there was plenty of fashion week excess: social-media influences, like Colton Haynes and Troye Sivan, rubbed shoulders, an unlikely new style icon, Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” made his runway debut, and one designer opted for a half-pipe rather than a runway.

Below, relive all the 10 best moments of New York Fashion Week Men’s so far:

Instagram / @Bristol_LA

1. Bristol was one of the opening shows, marking a further embrace of West Coast fashion. Slouchy pants and unabashedly bright colors offered a warm escape to LA.

Instagram / @byrobertjames

2. Robert James sent out models, clad in camo jackets and face masks, brandishing picket fences with messages like “#RefugeesWelcome,” “#Resist” and “#FightFacism.” The weekend’s nationwide airport protests ostensibly provided last-minute inspiration.

Instagram / @secoricardo

3. Ricardo Seco’s collection included a Mexican-flag overcoat with “proud immigrant” embroidered on the back and a green coat, featuring the eagle emblem from the Mexican flag, embroidered with “together we can tear down our invisible walls.” The Mexican designer made clear reference to Trump’s proposed border wall.

Instagram / @josephabboud

4. Joseph Abboud held his 30th anniversary fashion show: a momentous occasion that was paired with a dark and gothic-tinged collection. Black and gray overcoats were sent down the runway at a deconsecrated church venue.

Instagram / @billy_reid

5. Billy Reid’s Southern influences were evident in a cotton and cashmere-heavy line presented inside the Beekman Hotel. Performances by Alex Sharp, Cedric Burnside and Karen Elson added to the speakeasy-like environment.

Instagram / @gettyentertainment

6. Ahead of the release of his Netflix Series Bill Nye Saves the World, “The Science Guy” made his runway debut at the Nick Graham show in a metallic tuxedo jacket, in lieu of his trademark lab coat. Fellow science geek, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, closed the show.

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7. To debut the latest from Dim Mak Collection, DJ Steve Aoki chose a venue off the beaten track—a skatepark. While flaunting their skater and streetwear-inspired duds, models shredded on a halfpipe to an amused audience.

Instagram / @joeygraceffa

8. YouTube star Joey Graceffa attended his first-ever fashion show at Robert Gellar. The collection also tackled themes of rebellion.

Instagram / @marijbrooklyn

9. N.Hoolywood debuted a layered and overcoat-driven collection that can only be described as “hobo chic.” Some models were sent out with plastic bags, and nearly all bore downtrodden expressions.

Instagram / @christophermccann

10. Ovadia & Sons was filled with recognizable faces, including Colton Haynes, Troye Sivan and Eric Rutherford all seated front-row. Sivan’s rumored model boyfriend, Jacob Bixenman, even walked the show (#proudbf).

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