New York Men's Day: TAAKK

At New York Men's Day you come across a lot of emerging talent.  Some you never see again, some take off like Carlos Campos, but most exciting is when you come across a young designer or brand that completely captivates you.  A few seasons ago it was Private Policy, which I still love but this season, for me personally, was all about TAAKK.  Designer Takuya Morikawa, formerly of Issey Miyake, made his US debut with a highly conceptual and crude presentation.  His high concept collection, created with experimental yet exceptional technique, aims to defy traditional notions of reality, itself. And that it did. The clothing, the striking barefoot models, the logo police tape, the large overhead lighting, the heat and energy in the room.  All these elements came together for an overwhelming and exhilarating experience.  You know that feeling when you come across a new designer and your just obsessed and cannot get enough!?! This was me.  I didn't want to leave and while making my rounds through Dunes Studios I kept coming back to TAAKK.


New York Men's Day: Part One

For six seasons New York Men's Day has been the indie opening act for New York Fashion Week: Men's.  Produced by Agentry PR, a carefully curated group of emerging designers and talent set the tone for the week with morning and afternoon showcases each featuring six different designers.  As morning approaches and Dune Studios becomes the command center for the style set filled with excitement, angst, anxiety and Gucci the show begins.  This season the morning showcase featured David Hart, Wood House Army, Bristol Studio, Project Life Creation, Head of State, and Diplomacy.  A strong start to what promises to be a hectic, slice on-the-go kind of week.


Designer Alejandro Gomez Palomo has once again left us aw-struck with yet another wonderfully inspired collection for Palomo Spain.  For Fall 2018, Gomez draws inspiration from the English countryside and 17th century portraits by Spanish artist, Velasquez of King Philip IV and his court. Combined this influence with the nobility and tradition of the monteria (Spanish term referring to a formal hunting event), and the result is a new play on proportions and heavier silhouettes than previous seasons.  Using traditional English tweeds and tartans to contrast lush velvets and brocades the models donned more wearable pieces lending towards are more balanced menswear collection.


Images courtesy of Palomo Spain.


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Parke & Ronen

Spring/Summer 2018

Spring/Summer 2018 was a very special season for designers Parke Lutter and Ronen Jehezkel of Parke & Ronen.  This season marked the 20th anniversary of the beloved menswear brand and excitement filled the air as the crowd took their seats awaiting the show to begin.  Actor Andrew Reynolds and former New York housewife Kelly Bensimon sat front row and the crowd was a tutorial in how to #NYFWM from social media influencers Justin Livingston, Nathan McCallum and Marcel Floruss.

Drawing inspiration from American singer/songwriter, John Denver's folk classic,  Rocky Mountain High, this season was a look at the symbiotic relationship between man and earth.  Relaxed silhouettes and cotton knits in earth tones walked the runway alongside floral prints and signature swimwear in a variety of style had peoples heads turning in pure delight.  Celebrating their 20-year anniversary, the brand also incorporated some of their best archival pieces into the show.  Parke & Ronen is always a fun show filled with energy and excitement and we say congratulations on 20 wonderful years!

Then there was the after party.  But what happens at the Gilded Lily stays at the Gilded Lily!

Images by BLKLN Clothing / Video by FF Channel

New York Men's Day Spring\Summer 2018

Every season New York Men's Day kicks off New York Fashion Week: Men's with a group show of young and emerging menswear designers.  This season at Dune Studios in Tribeca, the group of 12 included: David Hart, Krammer & Stoudt, Wood House, Head of State, Daniel Hector, Bristol, Private Policy, Descendant of Thieves, Maiden Noir, R.Swaider, Heliot Emil, and Life in Perfect Disorder.  Its a two part show filled with the freshest models, designers and talent that is sure to inspire.