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Whether the CFDA somehow planned this, or if it was just divine coincidence, the finale day of New York Fashion Week: Men's had every trend this week so far on display with an eclectic set of designers unveiling their collections.
Our top three trends for this season of New York Fashion Week: Men's would
Suiting to appeal to the millennial consumer
Global inspired designs
David Hart x Hart Schaffner Marx started off the day with their collaboration of fresh and colorful suiting meant to appeal to the younger man.
Hart Schaffner Marx has traditionally been associated as the type of brand that lawyers and executives buy, and not the kind of thing you'd expect your younger man to be into, but this season, designer David Hart helped add some flare to the brand. The collection and collaboration was inspired by the iconic environmental photography of Slim Aarons.
Palm tree prints were found on pants, and blazers were done in bright colors like orange and windowpane check patterns. Younger men who are invested in style are less afraid of color and will make more bold choices.
"The brand is over 100 years old, and it's a brand people love, we just want to bring in the younger guy now," David Hart said. "This is a 70 million dollar business, and it's up 20 percent to last year, and this brand will continue to be around for a while."
Todd Snyder continued the morning roundup of shows with a collection that was inspired by Monaco at mid-century and the charm of a gentleman's seaside holiday. Titled "The Getaway," the designer created a brilliantly cohesive collection that included everything from t-shirts to stylish outerwear. Pieces like the hunter green nylon track jacket exemplified Snyder's skills as an outerwear designer who can make everyday pieces extremely sophisticated with refined silhouettes.
Timo Weiland, Todd Snyder, Parke & Ronen, and David Hart x Hart Schaffner Marx help close out New York Fashion Week: Men's
Seersucker suiting in colors like olive proved us with colorful takes on more traditional spring/summer men's wear pieces, and bags like the Lotuff leather backpack gave us a glimpse of what could be potential growth for Todd Snyder's accessories line.
The brand, which was acquired by American Eagle last year, is easily poised for growth as Todd Snyder becomes more of a household name. It was one of the most brilliant acquisitions American Eagle could have made.
Parke & Ronen was one of the several swimsuit brands on display who sensibly took their inspiration from vacation style. The brand, which recently launched underwear, had fun and original offerings on the runway as well, such as a letterman "R" sweater in navy, and a colorblock knit polo in coral and navy cotton.
Their colorful swimsuits like the meridian bikini in crimson would be an exciting addition to a young vacationers wardrobe. While they are stepping into other ventures with underwear, they are still keeping their ready-to-wear and swimwear business strong.
Timo Weiland was one to take a hard look at this season, as his collection titled "Go Bananas" was perhaps one of the most sophisticated collections to go down the runway all season. Offerings included very modern, but elegant trousers, color blocked shirts, and cardigans for today's younger gentleman, rather than the Mr. Rogers aged man.
Weiland had a lot to celebrate that evening, as he was also chosen by the CFDA as the inaugural brand for their retail lab. The retail lab provides designers with 75,000 dollars for wholesale buys, sales support, and marketing. For Weiland, who's continuing to grow his brand and is already found in department stores like Bloomingdale's, it was a great and truly deserved opportunity.
New York Fashion Week: Men's has come to a close, and there were some great hits, a few misses, but the state of men's wear is stronger than ever.
Parke & Ronen photos via Idea Season 8
Timo Weiland photos via Timo Weiland