Highlights from NYFW: Men’s SS16 – Day 2

Highlights from NYFW: Men’s SS16 – Day 2

Boys club

Text: Dora Aljoofri-Shrestha

Image: Public School,
Todd Snyder,
Rag & Bone,
Ovadia & Sons

Nearly impossible to narrow down, here’s what the standout American menswear labels had to show at the inaugural NYFW: Men’s

Public School: Criminal Minds
Could Public School's spring/summer 2016 presentation be a subliminal message about the police misconduct that has plagued the US of late? Whatever the message was, it was clear that designer duo Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne are respectable authorities in street-styled sportswear. The collection of sports-casuals tailored in relaxed fits were fashioned by a line-up of multi-ethnic models including industry insiders such as Nick Wooster, Waris Ahluwalia and Luka Sabbat. Windbreakers, long-line baseball jackets and sleeveless coats in a muted colour palette of white, black and navy demonstrate the brand's notoriously effortless street credibility.

Todd Snyder: Easy Does It
Todd Snyder's Capri-inspired SS16 collection is what summer wardrobes are made of. The Iowa native served up an easy collection of safari jackets and drawstring pants in linen, and terrycloth polo T-shirts and cotton suits for impromptu business meetings. Clearly a designer who understands the needs of a modern globetrotter, every look was finished with modest footwear designed in collaboration with on-going shoe partner, Cole Haan.

Rag & Bone: Clothes In Motion 
Trust designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville to push the envelope and turn the fashion stage to parkour. Taking inspiration from the extreme urban sport, the collection of über lightweight parkas, bomber jackets, and bermudas paired with tapered trousers were test-driven by actual parkour athletes. While the clothes were presented on mannequins for close inspection, it was the film featuring the athletes jumping off buildings in swift leaps that proved the seamless mobility and performance of the clothes.

Ovadia & Sons: East Coast Attitude
It was only fitting that Ovadia and Sons presented its debut show during the inagural NYFW: Men's since their inception in 2010. Drawing from New York City itself, classic suits, neo-grunge and '90s trend in the way of shirts tied around the waist represented the many facets of the city's vibrant culture — including T-shirts with street names emblazoned on them.