Meet the Brand Introducing ‘Soft Masculinity’ to Men’s Skincare

Next time you restock your skincare essentials, pay special attention to the hallmarks that epitomize men’s grooming. Notice the monochromatic or grayscale packaging, with hard lines and minimal graphics. Does the product’s overall vibe skew rugged, sporty, and outdoorsy? Take a sniff. Catch those notes of sage, tobacco, mint, or musk? There’s a reason behind this relatively narrow spectrum of characteristics: Each element has been strategically engineered to be a perfect foil to women’s products and cosmetics— overcorrecting for bright colors; uplifting names, and fruity, floral aromas.

For the founders of men’s skincare brand Soft, this pink-versus-blue tactic is shockingly outdated. Patrick Dolezal, Emily Farra, and James O’Dwyer—three friends who met at Indiana University—joined forces to tackle the men’s aisle, redefining how the marketplace can interpret and sell masculinity in the form of cosmetics. For the launch of their debut product, the Soft Moisture Mask, masculinity means coloring outside the lines. This is a mask for the modern man. Or anyone, really. And that’s the point.

The Moisture Mask by Soft
The Moisture Mask by Soft Justin Hollar

“The philosophy behind Soft is really rooted in the name,” says Dolezal. “Not long ago, if you weren’t ‘masculine enough,’ or you showed any sort of emotion, you were ‘soft,’ and that was considered a negative thing. But being soft is actually great—it means you’re in touch with your emotions, you’re okay with being sensitive, and mostly you’re just comfortable with who you are.” It also has a double meaning: The mask is supremely hydrating, making your skin incredibly soft.


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The modern man actually wants to embrace skincare as a self-care ritual rather than a hygienic necessity—and knows that it doesn’t make him any less of a man. How much longer can we wait for brands to acknowledge this natural evolution? With its unconventional branding and engaging messaging, the trio behind Soft shares a message that’s more than skin-deep: that antiquated notions of masculinity need not persist.

“When we began researching the men’s brands out there, we really didn’t find many options,” O’Dwyer chimes in. “Most of the ‘men’s brands’ weren’t selling masks—or if they did, the branding felt really outdated and didn’t resonate with our New York lifestyle.”

Just take a peek at Soft’s website. From the ’70s-inspired graphics to the diverse cast of models wearing pastel shirts and holding flowers, we see that the approachably confident “soft guy” eschews what it means to be a man’s man. It’s more aligned with the “soft masculinity” cultural movement spurred by male K-Pop stars who proudly wear makeup (just not all the way there).

Soft model Ryan, who's also an artist and designer
Soft model Ryan, who’s also an artist and designer Justin Hollar

“We tried to subvert these archaic rules of what is ‘masculine’ or ‘feminine,’ ” he adds. “At the end of the day, we think the guy who’s buying Soft is into the fact that we represent a departure from the historically conservative narrative around men’s skincare and masculinity.”


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O’Dwyer himself is a believer that the ritualistic aspect of skincare lends itself to general well-being. “We really enjoy the ritual: dimming the lights, putting on a record, listening to a guided meditation, burning palo santo, and smoothing on the mask at the end of the day,” he professes. “That’s something everyone can (and should) treat themselves to at least once a week.” Soft packages up self-care quite nicely, with guided meditations, cocktail recipes, and self-care advice posted on their site. For a self-care starter pack, you can purchase the Ritual Set, which throws in Palo Santo sticks with the Moisture Mask for spiritual cleansing.

“Our branding and photo shoots were conceived to fill a void in the market, but we never wanted to exclude people who are female or non-binary. It was always important to us that people of every gender would identify with Soft—especially since it’s a complete myth that skincare should vary by gender,” tells Dolezal. “Skin is skin, and most of these products have the same ingredients in them. We’ve had great feedback from women from the very beginning; some of them are really into our soft masculinity messaging, but others don’t seem to consider Soft a ‘men’s brand’ at all.”

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The Ritual Set by Soft Justin Hollar

With “toxic masculinity” in the rearview mirror, the launch product had to be non-toxic—naturally. So the founders chose to abide by strict EU standards in cosmetic production. Whereas the U.S. FDA bans or restricts just 11 (!) potentially harmful chemicals, the EU’s list features over 1,400 elements. “It was a no-brainer for us, and we didn’t need to compromise anything in terms of quality or efficacy by avoiding those ingredients,” says Dolezal.


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By tapping the expertise of a formulist, the team developed an incredibly effective moisturizing mask, one that boasts exceptional concentrations of enriching ingredients like hyaluronic acid for hydration, niacinamide for skin barrier protection, and squalane for smoothness. Nailing down the scent was also imperative. They landed on refreshing ginger root, a zesty aroma with a subtle earthiness that could easily differentiate itself from a sea of overpowering mint and cedar. Ginger is also reputed to protect against free radicals.

As for the future, Soft has its eyes on expansion. “We want to create products that tap into the ritual of skincare, from additional face masks to bath products, candles, and other items,” says O’Dwyer. “We also like the idea of keeping our product range small so we can really focus on each item and ensure it’s the very best.”

While they’re sticking with a direct-to-consumer online business, the Soft team is also exploring brick-and-mortar retail opportunities, and collaborations with like-minded names in fashion, skincare, music, and beyond. “People are increasingly drawn to brands with a clear purpose and a limited offering, not the ones that are trying to be everything for everyone.”

We give Soft a hard “yes.”

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Gucci Opens Dedicated Men’s Boutique on Rodeo Drive

Just in time for the Oscars, Gucci is expanding on Rodeo Drive.
The Italian luxury giant is opening a 3,500-square-foot dedicated men’s store next to its current Beverly Hills flagship, allowing for a bigger men’s offering, and more room for women’s fashion, leather goods and accessories in the existing space.
The new store showcases Alessandro Michele’s men’s ready-to-wear, shoes, luggage, small leather goods, accessories, silks, jewelry, watches and eyewear. It features its own street entrance with an oversize skylight. Inside, the decor juxtaposes modern and traditional, with industrial-looking displays alongside Gucci’s trademark plush velvet upholstery, vintage rugs and herringbone wood floors.
“The city of Los Angeles has always been a source of inspiration for Alessandro. From debuting as the backdrop of his first advertising campaign, to collaborations with iconic institutions such as Chateau Marmont and Hollywood Forever Cemetery, it makes sense that the Beverly Hills store is the fullest expression of his creativity,” said Susan Chokachi, president and chief executive officer of Gucci North America. “We believe it is the right moment to match the iconicity of Rodeo Drive with the presence of a Gucci men’s store to expand the brand experience and to align with our men’s growth ambitions. With the recent fall 2020 Gucci

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Heron Preston Men’s Fall 2020

The decade is barely started but Heron Preston is already looking at the road, or rather building work, ahead. Comparing the world to “the most complex construction zone we have ever witnessed,” Preston offered men hard-wearing slim-line trousers, cargo pants, hard-wearing outerwear, or a shortened, more fitted version of his classic T-shirt. The women’s swung between tailored utility — nipped-in chunky sweaters, roomy jumpsuits or form skimming suiting — and slinky options like corset tops, slipdresses or zippered bustier dresses. If the crews that build our world remain unseen to most, these clothes will surely be seen at hip parties come the fall.
Many pieces felt like they could cross the gender divide. “I posted the Spirit Level heel and got so many comments from men who loved it. It also helps people have more of an open-mind at seeing that crossover,” Preston said backstage.
This season’s collaborators included Caterpillar for the orange Stormer boots, and the British Ministry of Defense, whose wildlife conservation project protects animals from poaching in Africa and who approved Preston’s design featuring their Rhino patch, Cyrillic “Style” embroidery and all. A portion of this collection’s profits will be donated to the African Parks organization.
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EXCLUSIVE: Dior Men’s Show to Pay Tribute to Judy Blame

PARIS — For his fall 2020 men’s show for Dior, Kim Jones is breaking his recent streak of artist collaborations. Instead, the collection will pay tribute to Judy Blame through the prism of the French fashion house’s codes.
Jones met the British stylist, jeweler and art director when he was just 16, and found Blame’s work hugely influential. The two worked together on accessories when Jones was at Louis Vuitton, and in the years leading to Blame’s death in 2018, they were collaborating on a book of his work.
“Judy was one of the most key people that I met when I was very young. We were friends — not close friends, but he was someone I hugely admired,” Jones said.
Blame emerged from the London club scene of the early Eighties alongside fellow creatives like John Galliano, Leigh Bowery and Derek Jarman. A member of the House of Beauty and Culture collective, he began styling for Ray Petri, founder of the Buffalo movement, and creating his signature magpie jewelry for editorials.
Blame subsequently styled celebrities such as Neneh Cherry, Björk, Boy George, Kylie Minogue and Massive Attack, and collaborated with brands including Comme des Garçons, Giles Deacon, Marc Jacobs and Moschino.

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AMI Alexandre Mattiussi Men’s Fall 2020

“It’s not really a superstition but the number nine keeps appearing in my life, since I was a kid,” said Alexandre Mattiussi, ahead of the show for AMI’s ninth anniversary, showing the Roman numeral tattooed on his wrist. “When there’s nine somewhere, I’m happy.”
The show celebrated the über-Parisian identity of the brand, taking place at the Trianon, a 19th century theatre and concert hall near Montmartre. On each seat, a book chronicled the almost-decade of the brand, opening with a childhood portrait of Mattiussi, who turns 40 this year, and a sweeping view of the Eiffel Tower as seen at his fall 2019 show.
Models emerged from the scene’s velvet curtains accompanied by a live accordion performance by Bosnia-born musician Mario Batkovic. For the finale, the curtains rolled back to reveal a décor depicting a Parisian street in which the models arranged themselves around tables, along steps and in windows, with French actress Audrey Marnay taking pride of place at a café table.
The lineup had a decidedly Sixties flavor, although bowler hats dotted throughout skewed Charlie Chaplin meets “A Clockwork Orange.” Magnified details like wide-rib corduroy, sequins the size of sand-dollars and large houndstooth patterns gave a Polly Maggoo flair to

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Kenzo to Skip Paris Men’s Fashion Week

KENZO KICKOFF: Kenzo will not show during Paris Men’s Fashion Week for fall 2020, which starts on Jan. 14, the house said on Tuesday.
The first fashion collections by Felipe Oliveira Baptista, for men and for women, will instead be shown during the upcoming Paris women’s fashion week, beginning Feb. 24.
Oliveira Baptista’s debut collections for Kenzo were expected to be unveiled during men’s fashion week. No reason for the change of plan was stated.
The creative director succeeds designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, who were at Kenzo for eight years.

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Brioni Men’s Fall 2020

The stuccoed rooms of Palazzo Gerini with chandeliers covered in drapes and burning candles served as a cinematic backdrop for Brioni’s fall 2020 event, a hybrid of a presentation and a musical live performance curated by fashion historian Olivier Saillard with classical instruments players acting as models. Even if the setting looked highly suggestive, it was quite compelling for the audience to actually see the clothes.
In keeping with Brioni’s design director Norbert Stumpfl’s vision, the brand marked its 75th anniversary with a more relaxed approach to tailoring. During a preview a few weeks ahead of the show, Stumpfl said he is not doing “fashion, it’s more about style and showing men how they can wear these extremely luxurious clothes in a very easy way,” he said, referring to the overall sense of laid-back sophistication infused into his collection, mainly conveyed through tiny details and a delicate color palette of buttery white, washed beige and dashes of pink.
A coat made of double-faced alpaca left undyed to preserve its natural color was paired with white denim pants and a white overcoat crafted from Mongolian cashmere sourced from albino species, completed with white horn buttons, was worn over a taupe jersey crewneck and

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Studio ALCH Men’s Fall 2020

“I wanted to focus my collection on zero waste and changing the perception of disposable items such as clothes,” said designer Alexandra Hackett, who showed her collection in a basketball court in South London.
She employed recycled and deadstock materials to create such tried-and-true sportswear tropes as track pants, vests and boiler suits. She widened her use of eyelet hardware — a brand signature — on garments such as a navy blue vest top, straight-leg pants and messenger bags.
To further hammer her point across, Hackett introduced prints depicting crushed plastic bottles, which helped spice up her collection.

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The Society Management to Launch Men’s Division

The Society Management on Jan. 1 will launch its new men’s division, which will be led by Taylor Hendrich, who serves as executive vice president and director of Men’s at The Society.
The new board, which had been in the works for six months, features young talents such as actor and YouTube star Cameron Dallas; singer AJ Mitchell; model Francisco Lachowski; Jorge Lopez from the Netflix original show “Elite;” model, actor and singer Ronald Epps, and unconventional talents Ken Roczen, a German-born pro motocross and supercross racer and Ahmad Kontar, a model and ballet dancer from Syria.
The company believes that the roster is a testament to how modeling has changed over the years. It said modeling today is not just about being a pretty face or handsome but a talented personality and someone others will want to emulate. The company said the new men’s division will be focused on high fashion, editorial and runway.
Hendrich, who joined The Society in 2019 from Wilhelmina, where he led the agency’s men’s division, leads a team of agents who include Mario Acquarulo, senior manager of men’s, celebrity and talent; senior agent Jaga Acquarulo, senior men’s manager Tara Lanoway and Olga Tavarez, director of men’s scouting.

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Balmung RTW and Men’s Spring 2020

Name: Balmung
Main message: This brand’s designer, who goes by the name Hachi, said he looked at things that had inspired him in the past in order to create his latest collection. This resulted in an offering with a vaguely futuristic look that nonetheless felt very now. He layered different fabrics to give depth and different tones of the same colors, such as an asymmetric skirt consisting of sheer black fabric over white shirting, over a more substantial black material. Pockets were extra large and always on the outside of high-waisted shorts, slim trousers, structured jackets and Windbreakers.
Some pieces were more basic: white shirts, ankle-length knit dresses in navy or gray, and simple jersey tank tops. But rather than feeling boring, they helped to keep focus on the more interesting items, without competing with them. Many looks included obi-like belts tied around the chest instead of the waist and printed with slogans such as “polyester is future” and “hometown.” The show closed with a crinkled, iridescent sweatshirt that was so oversize that it fell below the model’s knees, its sleeves bunched up around her arms.
The result: Hachi succeeded in turning out a collection that showed both creativity and commercial appeal. It

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EXCLUSIVE: Thom Browne to Combine Men’s, Women’s Shows

Bucking the recent trend away from coed runway events, Thom Browne plans to combine his men’s and women’s fashion shows starting on March 1 with the fall 2020 season, WWD has learned.
It marks a rare setback for Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital, which has been bulging with marquee names and largely skirted the coed trend that had gripped Milan in recent years. The women’s week is scheduled for Feb. 24 to March 3.
Browne had foreshadowed the move to a combined show with his spring 2020 collections, which both filtered the pageantry of 18th-century dress through the lens of East Coast prep. (Translation: tight seersucker jackets and pannier skirts for him and her.)
In an exclusive interview Wednesday, Browne explained that his decision was driven purely by creative concerns, rather than business or cost ones.
“There’s been a couple of seasons that I’ve been talking about my collections being connected, and I think it’s time to put that into actual practice,” he said over the phone from Milan, where he was presenting and selling his pre-fall 2020 men’s collection.
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Landlord Men’s RTW Spring 2020

Name: Landlord
Main message: A native of Tottori prefecture in Japan, Ryohei Kawanishi has lived outside of his home country since he was 18, residing previously in London and now in New York. He said that although he has never actually lived in Tokyo, growing up in the Japanese countryside he was always inspired by the Nineties Tokyo street style that he would see in magazines. Since launching his brand in 2015, he has explored a different theme each season, but for spring he wanted to draw on all of his past influences. He took pieces from his archives and tasked New York-based artist Meguru Yamaguchi to paint directly onto the clothes.
“Through this one show, I wanted to show the context I have been working with for the past eight seasons,” Kawanishi said. “The mix of colors from Meguru Yamaguchi, the street casting. To me, Japan’s original fashion culture is the story of street culture, and that’s what I wanted to show.”
The result: Roomy hoodies, baggy shorts, structured jackets and bright orange or yellow trousers were splashed in perfectly positioned, colorful swaths of paint for a streetwear collection with an artistic edge.

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Kozaburo RTW and Men’s Spring 2020

Name: Kozaburo
Main message: Kozaburo Akasaka has lived overseas for many years, and was even a finalist for the 2017 LVMH Prize, the same year he started his brand. But Japan has always been a supportive market for him, and this was one reason he decided to return to his home country to stage his first show in Tokyo.
“I wanted to come back to Tokyo, where I came from, and show who I am now,” he said. “For me, this show is like a thank you and a chance for people in Japan to experience the whole world of Kozaburo.”
His collection had a retro, rock-‘n’-roll edge to it, but also elements from workwear and Asian influences. Raw denim bell-bottoms, high-waisted black trousers, a yellow satin bomber and loose-fitting coats were just a few pieces he sent down the runway. There were also several matching tracksuits, including a bright yellow set that was reminiscent of the one Uma Thurman wore in “Kill Bill.”
The result: This was a collection that was edgy yet soft; retro yet effortlessly cool; casual yet stylish. In short, it was streetwear for those with a sense of style and fit.

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Diet Butcher Slim Skin Men’s Spring 2020

Name: Diet Butcher Slim Skin
Main message: This curiously named brand has been around since the mid-Nineties, but took to Tokyo’s runways for the first time this season. Designer Hisashi Fukatami worked with artists Kosuke Kawamura and Guccimaze on prints for the collection.
“Having been an aspiring artist myself, my core curiosity lies in the coexistence of art and fashion,” Fukatami wrote in his show notes. “The relationship between art and fashion and culture and fashion being often on the table for discussion, I see those coexisting in a very amicable manner. I have created this collection with inspiration from works of those artists who always stimulate my curiosity.”
The two artists’ works were incorporated into tunics, A-line shirts, casual pants with protruding pockets, and scarves that were tied tightly at the models’ necks. Fukatami also showed silky, drapy suits in light gray or navy, and separates in traditionally feminine pastels and textiles.
The result: Fukatami’s interpretation of tailoring was soft and light, infused with artistic prints and mixed patterns for a modern men’s wear look that seamlessly mixed casual with elevated looks.

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Mistergentleman Men’s Spring 2020

With several strong seasons under their belt and stores in Tokyo, Shanghai and Hong Kong, Takeshi Osumi and Yuichi Yoshii have become a fixture in the coveted Friday night slot during Tokyo Fashion Week. Their latest season was no exception, drawing a crowd that included local and international fashion insiders, among whom was Marcelo Burlon.
The designers began their show with a series of preppy white or checked short suits, with the jackets worn unbuttoned over bare chests for a look of disheveled cool. They also mixed different colors of checks — green, white and red — or printed them onto sheer fabrics.
Khaki or olive shorts, pullovers and onesies were reminiscent of Fifties Boy Scout uniforms, combined with elements from classic military styles. There were also a few traditional checked suits, but in relaxed silhouettes and with elements like sleeves that dangled from the models’ shoulders or pants with high-waist backs, secured in the front with a black strap.
Never ones to play it safe, Osumi and Yoshii also mixed in bold neon tops and shirts and jackets embellished with shiny gold beads or clear rhinestones. Tailored shirts with built-in fanny packs displayed the pair’s adeptness at combining seemingly at-odds pieces into brand

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EXCLUSIVE: Acne Studios Teams With Russell Westbrook for Men’s Capsule Collection

TEAM PLAYER: According to Acne Studios creative director Jonny Johansson, the inspiration for the label’s capsule collection with basketball player Russell Westbrook was simple: “Denim and Russell — nothing more, nothing less.”
After casting the Houston Rockets point guard in its spring 2019 campaign, the Swedish label is continuing its creative partnership with Westbrook by debuting a 10-piece denim-heavy men’s wear collection, which includes outerwear, oversize shirts, jeans and shorts.
Launching Oct. 28, the capsule was teased by Westbrook himself, who wore some of the pieces to attend the Acne Studios men’s spring 2020 show in Paris. Prices start at 280 euros, or $ 310, for a pair of shorts, while jeans are priced at 320 euros, or $ 355, and jackets 550 euros, or $ 610.
In addition to an Eighties-style light blue acid wash denim, the boxy silhouettes were also done in a turquoise version, Westbrook’s favorite color. The hue was used on a half-zip Windbreaker featuring a large patch pocket on the front and drawstring hem as well as a denim utility vest with oversized front pockets and piping along the seams.

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Onitsuka Tiger RTW and Men’s Spring 2020

Japanese sports and streetwear brand Onitsuka Tiger staged its spring show in an indoor running stadium on an island in Tokyo Bay. The festivities began with a marching band, wheel acrobatics and dancers who flew through the air doing backflips and the like. And with the 2020 Summer Olympics being hosted by Tokyo, creative director Andrea Pompilio drew inspiration both from the city and from past editions of the Games.
“This season is a big homage to Tokyo because it’s going to be the Olympic Games of 2020,” Pompilio said. “The collection is going to be in the stores at that time, and that’s the reason why you see a lot of luggage. Because for me it’s like all the world is coming here and Tokyo has become a really big center of the world. For the Olympics but also because Tokyo at the moment is a really big center of creativity and a very inspiring city for so many people.”
The luggage Pompilio mentioned was made of slick vinyl in the Olympic colors and emblazoned with either retro or modern looking logos. Shapes ranged from cosmetic bags to Boston bags.
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New Exhibition Discusses Invisibility of Men’s Wear in London

LONDON — The Ambika P3, a hidden underground space opposite Baker Street Station, has been transformed into an exhibition space for “Invisible Men,” which showcases 170 predominantly British fashion garments from the last 120 years.
The show, which draws exclusively from the University of Westminster Menswear Archive, opened on Friday and will run until Nov. 24 from Wednesday to Sunday.
Designers and brands featured include Aitor Throup, Burberry, Craig Green, Issey Miyake, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Junya Watanabe, Liam Hodges, Martin Margiela, Palace, Paul Smith, Prada, Sibling, Stone Island, Vivienne Westwood and many more.
The early works of Alexander McQueen from 1997 to 1999 and C.P. Company’s urban protection range, which was introduced in 1998 and was considered highly influential to a generation of men’s wear designers, have their own dedicated section.
 

In clockwise order: Fire proximity suit by Globe; three-piece suit by Alexander McQueen; hand-painted canvas jacket by Craig Green, and Zeltbahn cape by Stone Island. 
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Technology in fashion also plays a significant role in the exhibition.
Key garments on display include a C.P. Company and Sony collaboration garment from 1999. It has an integrated Sony Discman, the most advanced portable music player available at the time.
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Shohei RTW and Men’s Spring 2020

Name: Shohei
Main message: Austrian designer Lisa Pek made her Tokyo Fashion Week debut a year ago, and after a one-season break she was back with a collection that once again showed off both her technical skill and her knack for nailing a Western interpretation of a Japanese aesthetic. While many of Pek’s silhouettes were simple and classic — button-up shirts, a cross-front midiskirt, and relaxed-fitting suits for men — she mixed them up with unexpected details or asymmetric additions. There was a loose ruffle that ran across and trailed off of plain white or blue tie-dyed shirts; trousers with zippers that opened to create slits at the knees and thighs, and a sweatshirt dress with added “sleeves” that tied around the waist. 
The result: Pek’s brand showed potential as a contemporary label that produces easy-to-wear collections with a slight twist, but she may benefit from taking a few more risks in the future.

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Mitsuru Okazaki RTW and Men’s Spring 2020

Name: Mitsuru Okazaki
Main message: Inspired by Seventies rock ‘n’ roll style, Mitsuru Okazaki sent out a compact collection of slim suits and separates with an edge. Roughly half a dozen black unisex pantsuits were accented with bold white contrasts in the shape of circles, stars, arrows, guitars, or strips of cotton tape arranged in the style of a Napoleon jacket. Black tank tops and bell bottoms printed or embroidered with guitars took a literal interpretation of the theme, while bright pink satin shirts with basketweave detailing and pants with their seams on the outside made the look feel more modern.
The result: It was a tight collection with a clear theme that nonetheless had enough variety in just over 20 looks that it kept the audience’s attention.

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RABD Men’s Spring 2020

Name: RABD
Main message: A former design assistant for John Galliano, Kanya Miki founded his brand in 2017 and this season marked his second showing during Tokyo Fashion Week. He still made a common rookie mistake, sending out at least twice as many looks he should have if he wanted to avoid repetition and losing his audience’s attention.
Roomy silhouettes dominated Miki’s runway. Pants were extra long, pleated, and cinched at the waist, sometimes with long cords or chains that trailed behind as the models walked. Outerwear, too, was oversize, whether it took the form of faux leather bombers so long they nearly reached the knee or denim overcoats with bunched up sleeves. Even cropped suit jackets had shoulders so wide that they hung from the models’ frames.
The result: Despite the repetition and sheer volume of the collection, it showed a clear direction and was an interesting new take on the casual-meets-tailoring trend that has become common among streetwear brands.

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Gut’s Dynamite Cabarets RTW and Men’s Spring 2020

Name: Gut’s Dynamite Cabarets
Main message: After a nearly seven-year hiatus from Tokyo’s runways, the designers who go by the names Cabaret Aki and Jackal Kuzu were back for spring, this time with their new partner W Woods Showko. Their collection had a retro, rock ‘n’ roll-meets-hippie vibe to it, with floral caftans and printed maxi skirts shown alongside ruffled blouses, ripped jeggings, and leopard-print blazers. There was a riot of color and pattern, from multicolored zigzags to a black all-over logo print over a bright pink background. Long fringe-trimmed skirts, dresses and ponchos.
During a break from the traditional runway show, the designers sent out groups of street dancers, nontraditional models, and wrestlers wearing pieces from GCGX, the brand’s new sports line. Heavy on logos, there were sweatsuits, T-shirts, shorts and leggings in either black and white or a red, blue and yellow multicolored print.
The result: As the finale soundtrack — “Fight for Your Right” by the Beastie Boys — suggested, this was a high-energy show that certainly brought the fun. The clothes themselves were a bit more toned down than the brand’s previous fare, but will likely do well on a commercial level.

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Children of the Discordance Men’s Spring 2020

Name: Children of the Discordance
Main message: Hideaki Shikama runs what is possibly Japan’s coolest “sustainable” fashion brand, although he doesn’t promote it as such. He designs products that incorporate traditional skills of indigenous peoples in countries from Mexico to Kenya, and follows fair-trade practices in purchasing them. He also works with artist Naoto Yoshida, who remakes vintage fashions as new pieces.
Shikama’s spring offering was rich in color, texture and pattern. Velvety floral tracksuits, bandanna prints on Indian-inspired tunics and straight trousers, intricate embroidery on oversize denim jackets, and shirts fashioned from scarf prints were combined with more  pedestrian camouflage pants and workers’ overalls.
The result: An eclectic mix of multicultural influences and colorful prints came together with loose, casual silhouettes for streetwear with a refined polish.

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Gucci to Return to Men’s Fashion Week

MILAN — Milan Fashion Week Men’s is three months away, but it’s getting an unexpected boost, courtesy of Gucci. The Italian fashion brand will be returning to the January edition with a men’s wear show to be held on Jan. 14, after deciding to go coed in 2017. That would be the last day of the next edition, as Milan Fashion Week Men’s is slated to run Jan. 10 to 14, 2020.
In a letter sent to Italy’s Camera della Moda president Carlo Capasa, Marco Bizzarri, president and chief executive officer of Gucci, thanking the fashion association for the invitation to return to Milan Fashion Week Men’s, said “the Milan fashion shows embody the strength and beauty of Made in Italy. Milan Fashion Week is a central event in the fashion world’s calendar and confirms Italy’s fundamental role — for creativity and manufacturing alike — in the luxury sector.”
Bizzarri underscored that the “act of solidarity” of the companies taking part in Milan Fashion Week “have already demonstrated their capacity to work together with a common goal: to make women’s fashion week ever more beautiful, innovative and authoritative, this is what happened last month.” This is a reference to how the Camera

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Hare RTW and Men’s Spring 2020

Name: Hare
Main message: One of the more commercial brands to show during Tokyo Fashion Week, Hare is designed by a team. For spring they turned out oversize versions of classic jackets and tops, often with exaggerated, wide sleeves, overly boxy shapes, or nearly comically large pockets. Paired with wide-legged pants, some looks bordered on shapeless, but others had asymmetric details that gave them a modern edge. The team incorporated Japanese imagery into their prints and motifs, from kabuki actors to bonsai trees, as well as traditional geometric patterns. Neutral tones of black, white, beige and brown were contrasted with pops of red, fuchsia and gold.
The result: There were some beautiful fabrics and interesting imagery, but many of the pieces themselves were either very basic or so oversized that they lost their shape, and certain details such as trailing ribbons of chiffon seemed to have no rhyme or reason and didn’t do anything to elevate the pieces.

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Gucci to Return to Men’s Fashion Week

GUCCI’S CHOICE: Milan Men’s Fashion Week is three months away, but it’s getting an unexpected boost, courtesy of Gucci. The Italian fashion brand will be returning to the January edition with a men’s wear show, after deciding to go coed in 2017. Since then, the Italian fashion company has opted to present its collections during women’s fashion week in February and September. “It seems only natural to me to present my men’s and women’s collections together. It’s the way I see the world today,” said Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele at the time.
A date for the January show has not been set yet.
However, things are changing, and after a number of slimmer men’s fashion week calendars, more labels could perhaps be enticed to follow Gucci’s example. Camera Nazionale della Moda has been working on shaking up the status quo and in July it revealed Milan Fashion Week would present different show calendars going forward. Some key Italian fashion players agreed to rotate slots in upcoming seasons to favor a more balanced calendar to benefit the system and the city. As a result, during the latest women’s Milan Fashion Week edition in September, Prada staged its show in the afternoon of the first day of shows,

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Cinoh RTW and Men’s Spring 2020

Name: Cinoh
Main message: Takayuki Chino said he was inspired by a French sense of style for spring, “including the chic way the French wear scarves, Basque shirts and nautical items such as striped boatnecks.” And while these things may sound cliché, the designer succeeded at reinventing them in his own way. He fashioned silky scarves in white, red and navy stripes into buttoned-up ponchos and pleated skirts, and lengthened tipped jackets into calf-length coats, pairing them with jumpsuits and relaxed, high-waisted trousers.
For men, Chino showed a relaxed style of tailoring, including jackets without lapels over long, untucked shirts and loose-fitting pants. He mixed widths of blue and white shirting stripes and added a casual touch with drawstring trousers and sporty bomber jackets.
The result: While many of the pieces were timeless and basic, Chino made them feel modern by giving them a relaxed edge and playing with slightly oversize proportions.

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Rainmaker RTW and Men’s Spring 2020

Name: Rainmaker
Main message: A rare Kyoto-based brand in Japan’s fashion scene, Rainmaker was chosen as one of the winners of this year’s Tokyo Fashion Award. For their second showing during Tokyo Fashion Week, Kohichi Watanabe and Ryutaro Kishi showed relaxed but refined silhouettes in soft, draping fabrics. Unstructured trenches and suit jackets were paired with easy trousers, and collarless shirts topped drawstring shorts. The palette was muted neutrals and pastels, with the exception of a deep purple silk embroidered allover in a floral pattern. Cardigans and shirts were often worn unbuttoned but crossed over in the front and tucked in, for an elegantly undone look.
The result: The offering was cohesive and well executed, with a modern versatility that would be right at home in any urban environment.

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Can Minnesota Duluth be stopped? What is expected from Wisconsin’s and Boston College’s recruiting classes? Who are the Hobey Baker hopefuls?
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Steve Madden and Men’s Journal Present: The Individual Sole

As the summer warmth wanes and your calendar fills up, there’s little time to ponder how you present yourself to the world. The nights grow longer, the days grow colder, and you resort to old habits, ultimately neglecting your appearance.

But this fall, things are going to be different. You’re finally going to own your style. Steve Madden is making things easy for you, offering a full range of apparel and accessories to execute your look—available now at Dillard’s. No more lackluster outfits; you’ll be as cool as the weather outside.

Follow these three steps to shore up your personal style.


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STEP 1: Choose a Classic “Look”

Basing your style around an overarching concept can ease the stress of wardrobe decisions. We’ve selected three archetypal examples—the Wanderer, the Independent and the Urban Explorer—to give you a sense of the versatility Steve Madden can provide.

Expert tip from Men’s Journal Fashion Editor Kevin Breen: “Revamping your wardrobe doesn’t mean changing who you are. Pick elements that speak to your personal style.”

STEP 2: Start With the Basics

You’ll want to begin with the items you’re likely to wear most often. This means jeans, chinos, jackets, and, of course, shoes. The key here is simplicity: classic pieces in solid colors.

Expert tip from Men’s Journal Fashion Editor Kevin Breen: “Go for simpler pieces that allow you to mix and match with stuff you already have in your closet.

STEP 3: Polish Off Your Style With the Right Accessories

Here’s where your creativity comes in: Personalize your wardrobe with elements that feel uniquely you. This can mean donning a simple baseball cap, or something more unexpected, like always having a safety match at hand.

• Expert tip from Men’s Journal Fashion Editor Kevin Breen: “When it comes to selecting accessories, don’t overthink it. Sometimes a fresh pair of kicks is all it takes to make an outfit pop.”


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The Urban Explorer

They don’t call the city a jungle for nothing. In the modern world, you’ve got to be ready for anything; with this setup from Steve Madden, you will be. Sporting a pair of everyday leather high-tops, a flannel, and a light backpack, the Urban Explorer is always prepared for his next adventure.

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The Independent​

The most confident man in the room never tries to be the center of attention. The Independent knows how to subtly draw attention—not for his flair, but for his quiet assurance. A wardrobe based on black—with classic elements like a leather motorcycle jacket and a pair of polished Oxfords—can bolster a sense of mystery and determination.

Courtesy of Steve Madden

The Wanderer

The Wanderer feels no need to talk about his exploits; his style says it all. Every item in his wardrobe exudes ease and versatility; this is a man as comfortable on a New York City subway platform as he is traversing a ripening French vineyard. At his ease in a pair of suede Chelsea boots, the Wanderer is always ready with a smile or a lit match.

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11 Great Men’s Hair Loss Products at Every Price Point

Male-patterned baldness is nothing to be ashamed about—but it’s also nothing to ignore. If you attack hair loss at its first sign, you can stop baldness before it takes hold. Thinning hair happens to most of us in some form as we age. But only those who blow it off now will wake up one day and realize: “Oh no—I’m bald!” And once you cross the threshold and develop the dreaded “bald spot,” it’s extremely difficult to reverse your hair loss.

But it can be done. Scientific research on hair loss has ballooned over the last few decades, and what was once considered an unstoppable sign of aging is now a symptom that can be treated, if not cured. You just need to find the right hair loss product for you. And while the science is advanced these days, there’s still no miracle solution, no “magic bullet” to cure hair loss in everybody. Thus far, the only effective method way to find the hair loss product for you is to experiment until you find one that works.

What Causes Hair Loss?

Science has determined that the number one factor in hair loss and thinning hair is the production of dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. DHT is a hormone—an androgen that helps give us men our maleness. But as we age, DHT can cause our hair follicles to shrink, leading to hair loss.

It’s also been linked to prostate health. This is why many men who experience urinary issues are told by their doctors to take a saw palmetto supplement, an herbal DHT blocker. It can decrease the size of the prostate and improve urinary health. But it can also spur hair growth. You’ll find plenty of synthetic DHT blockers on the market and on our list. But if you prefer an all-natural hair loss solution, saw palmetto supplement is the way to go.

Propidren combines the natural benefits of saw palmetto with biotin-based DHT blockers, in a handy pill form that’s not too expensive. So you get the best of both worlds. With 90 percent of Amazon users giving it a perfect five-star rating, it was impossible for us not to pick it as our best overall hair loss product.

What are some of the other hair-loss products and treatments we recommend?

Amplixin Intensive Growth Serum—If you’re just noticing your hair beginning to thin, get on this train now and stop baldness before it takes hold;
Nutrafol—This all-around supplement contains not only DHT blockers but ingredients to improve your sleep and reduce stress, which aids in recovery and spurs hair growth;
DrFormulas HairOmega 3-in-1—This vitamin supplement contains a full spectrum of vitamin E (keratin) as well as DHT blockers;
Prime Beard—If you can’t fill in your scraggly beard, try this stuff, which promises to improve overall hair,s kin, and nail health.

Before you begin the process of trying hair-loss products until you find one that works for you, here’s something to keep in mind: Most if not all hair-loss products will stop working as soon as you stop using them. But once you find a product that seems to work—and you need to give it at least three months before you can expect results—you must use it, or you’ll lose it. Simply maintain a regimen—like brushing your teeth—and you should have a mane like Momoa in no time.

Best Overall

Propidren

With over 3,400 reviews and counting, fully 90 percent of Amazon users give Propidren a perfect rating of five stars. Men (and women!) of all ages and ethnicities swear it works. 

We simply can’t argue with results like that, so we chose Propidren as our Best Overall hair loss product.

With a blend of DHT-blocking biotin and saw palmetto extract, Propidren does far more than stimulate hair growth and health. It also improves urinary tract function by improving prostate health, a concern for many guys as we get older. 

PROS:

-Safe for both men and women.

-Just two tiny capsules per day.

CONS:

-We can’t find a single one, but not every product will work for everyone.

Get It: Pick up Propidren ($ 40 for 60 capsules) at Amazon

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Best Tried and True Solution

Rogaine Extra Strength Minoxidil

Call it the Viagra of hair-loss products. Formulated with 5 percent minoxidil, Rogaine was one of the first products of its kind on the market. It works to boost hair follicle activity and hair protein production, and is clinically proven to regrow up to 25 percent more hair.

We started using it in college—and can testify. A bunch of old friends who had more hair than we did back then have far less hair than we do now. For us, it really worked.

PROS:

-Unlike a lot of new products in the hair-loss game, Rogaine has decades of clinical study to support its effectiveness.

-Minoxidil reinvigorates shrunken hair follicles, which increases their size and helps regrow thicker looking hair over time.

CONS:

-A one-month supply isn’t enough to see results; you need this three-pack.

Get It: Pick up Rogaine Extra Strength Minoxidil ($ 46) at Amazon

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Best for Thinning Hair

Amplixin Intensive Growth Serum

If you’re just noticing your hair thinning up top, this stuff is your go-to for stopping balding in its tracks. The Biotin-infused formula has shown to help slow down the rate of hair loss in men with normal-to-thinning hair. 

It blocks DHT and invigorates hair growth with caffeine and herbal ingredients such as jojoba, red clover, saw palmetto, and sage.

PROS:

-Safe for men and women.

100 percent sulfate-, paraben-, and cruelty-free  

CONS:

-This product does expire, so use it as directed and keep an eye on that expiration date.

Get It: Pick up Amplixin Intensive Growth Serum ($ 24 with coupon) at Amazon

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Best for Men and Women

Ultrax Labs Hair Rush

With over 20 essential vitamins, minerals, and herb, Hair Rush will give your hair a boost from the inside out. It’s based on solubilized Keratin, and includes other nutrients to maximize your hair health. It also revitalizes and repairs your exisiting hair follicles.

Safe and effective for both men and women, you should take it for a minimum of 90 days before you see results.

PROS:

-Gets a 4.4-star rating from nearly 4K reviewers.

-Only two tiny tablets per day.

CONS:

-Not every product works for every user, but almost 90 percent of Amazon reviewers loved it.

Get It: Pick up Ultrax Labs Hair Rush ($ 57) at Amazon

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Best Multi-faceted Solution

Nutrafol

A physician-formulated, multi-targeted solution for hair health, it targets multiple key triggers that can compromise hair health, including stress and poor nutrition. Trusted by more than 1,500 physicians and stylists nationwide, Nutrafol can help improve your mood and sleep as well as spur hair, skin, and nail growth.  

It uses medical-grade, responsibly sourced, all-natural ingredients such as Ashwagandha, Curcumin, Saw Palmetto, Marine Collagen, and Biotin.

PROS:

-Saw Palmetto is great for prostate health.

-The perfect addition to your daily multi-vitamin supplement.

CONS:

-It’s rather pricy, but you get 120 capsules.

Get It: Pick up Nutrafol ($ 88) at Amazon

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Best Shampoo

Biotin Shampoo

This follicle revitalizing hair cleanser strengthens and fortifies weak and fragile hair strands. It’s enhanced with ten botanicals and is designed to help block DHT, improve scalp health, strengthen hair follicles, and promote hair growth. 

The sulfate-free formula is great for those with sensitive scalps. And it’s perfectly safe on color-treated hair.

PROS:

-Essential botanical oils fight dandruff and itchy scalp.

-83 percent of more than 1,500 reviewers give it four stars or better

CONS:

-Can dry hair if used daily; use every other day for best results.

Get It: Pick up Biotin Shampoo (starting at $ 10) at Amazon

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Best for Older Men

Havasu Nutrition Extra Strength Saw Palmetto

Saw palmetto has been proven to improve urinary tract function and prostate health. So if you’re having trouble going as you age, and you’re balding up top as well, a saw palmetto supplement can help fix both those issues in just one pill. 

Every batch is tested in a ANS state-of-the-art facility and is third-party tested to validate potency and integrity at an ISO-accredited lab.

PROS:

-86 percent of Amazon reviewers rate it four stars or better.

-Contains no preservatives, chemicals, artificial ingredients, sugars, or gluten.

CONS:

-Many reviewers claim they bought a second bottle immediately after buying the first.

Get It: Pick up Havasu Nutrition Saw Palmetto (starting at $ 19) at Amazon

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Best for Stimulating Follicles

HairGenics Propidren Topical Serum

Propidren is similar in application to minoxidil—you drop it straight on your scalp. It works directly at the source to block DHT; it also energizes the scalp and nourishes hair with Biotin and other growth agents to produce stronger, thicker hair.

This serum uses Saw Palmetto, essential to blocking 5-alpha-reductase, an enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT. It also contains numerous natural herbal extracts designed to make your existing hair healthier.

PROS:

-Pair it with supplements for best results.

-It works for about 90 percent of Amazon reviewers.

CONS:

-Drops on your head could affect your hair styling.

Get It: Pick up HairGenics Propidren Topical Serum ($ 40) at Amazon

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Best Hair Vitamins

DrFormulas HairOmega 3-in-1

HairOmega 3-in-1 provides your body with essential nutrients required to produce hair. The viamins and minerals here—niacin, B-complex, A, C, zinc, and more—will also help to improve circulation, which is vital to the growth up on your head. And it’s got DHT blockers, so there’s no need to buy an additional supplement for that.

With herbal ingredients like green tea extract and grape seed, it’s vegan-friendly. 

PROS:

-1,250 reviewers rate it 4.3 stars.

-Also great for skin and nail health.

CONS:

-Pills are vegetarian and not coated, so they may be difficult for some to swallow.

Get It: Pick up DrFormulas HairOmega 3-in-1 ($ 24) at Amazon

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Best for Growing Beards

Prime Beard

If your trying to grow a beard but can’t quite get the fullness or volume you’re after, try this supplement of 20 essential proteins, vitamins, minerals, and herbs.

While it’s marketed towards guys who want to grow beards, it will supply the nutrients you need for overall hair, skin, and nail growth.

PROS:

-4.4-star rating from well over 800 reviewers.

-Works on more than just facial hair.

CONS:

-You’re gonna need a new beard trimmer.

Get It: Pick up Prime Beard ($ 22) at Amazon

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Best Device or Gadget

iRestore Laser Hair Growth System

Don’t laugh; this is an FDA-cleared hair loss treatment for stimulating hair regrowth, and more users than not say it works for them. In fact, more than 1K Amazon reviewers rate this device four stars. 

And you’ve got nothing to lose. If you don’t see results in six months, send it back for a full refind (via the seller directly, as Amazon returns are only valid for 30 days). 

PROS:

-Totally hands-free, it’s lightweight, confortable, and easy to use.

-Can (and should) be used in conjunction with other hair loss products such as biotin, minoxidil, finasteride, etc.

CONS:

-Face it, you’ll look silly wearing it—but you don’t have to leave the house, so … 

Get It: Save $ 100 on the iRestore Laser Hair Growth System ($ 595; was $ 695) at Amazon

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EXCLUSIVE: Dior to Stage Runway Show for Men’s Pre-fall in Miami

THE ART OF TRAVEL: Kim Jones is deepening his ties to the art world. The designer plans to show his Dior pre-fall men’s wear collection in Miami on Dec. 3.
Jones staged his first traveling men’s show last year with a men’s pre-fall runway display in Tokyo, featuring a monumental sculpture by Japanese artist Hajime Sorayama. He will hit Miami two days before the start of Art Basel Miami Beach, one of the highlights of the year for art collectors and fashion brands alike.
With collaborations with Kaws, Raymond Pettibon and Daniel Arsham under his belt, it’s highly likely that Jones will tap another artist to work on the show.
“When I do these collections, I always think about what’s going to go in the exhibitions about Dior or Vuitton, whenever, in 50 years’ time, so it’s kind of important to have things that can create a legacy for the brand further along the line,” he told WWD recently.
The choice of location reflects not just Dior’s long-term relationship with the U.S., but also the strategic importance of the U.S. market, which accounted for 23 percent of sales at parent company LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in the first half of 2019.

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Willy Chavarria Men’s Spring 2020

Sex, love, glamour and immigration.
All these hot topics, mixed with masculine queer culture, set the tone for Willy Chavarria’s runway return to New York — and boy, was he missed.
Known for his Chicano heritage vibes, Chavarria’s former stint in the Nineties, the creation of “The Love Garage,” a club in San Fransisco that embraced rave culture and gritty house music, served as one of the key components of his take on what minimalism can mean.
In this case, the usually big, oversize silhouette that has defined Chavarria took a sophisticated turn that still managed to maintain a tough edge.

The first portion of the show showcased standouts such as a black washed satin robe with matching shorts, along with an array of flared and high-waisted denim numbers, often paired with souvenir jackets or matching oversize boxy shirts. Quilted leather handbags, an item typically associated with high luxury, adorned most of the models, along with black and gold chains used as necklaces, belts and handbags, which provided a refined touch.
Part two featured a collaboration with athletic brand K-Swiss: a Nineties California Chicano tennis prep collection — oversize pastels in blue and pink with a bit of neon that enhanced sweatshirts, baggy shorts and

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Men’s Journal Picks From the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The Nordstrom Anniversary is going on now. If you’ve yet to revel in the biggest sale of the year at Nordstrom, you’re missing out on amazing deals sitewide. From menswear to home gear to travel and fitness gear, there’s a bit of everything at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. And it’s all up to 50 percent off.

Get great deals through August 4 on:

Clothing
Shoes
Accessories
Grooming
Bedding
Bath
Kitchen
Luggage & Travel

… and so much more.

If you’re in the market for a new suit, Nordstrom has got you covered with hundreds of jackets and pants in all kinds of sizes, colors, and materials. Jeans? Yep. Shoes? Sure. Dress shirts and slacks? By the hundreds. Fitness gear, like sneakers, running shoes, and athleisure? Oh, absolutely. And it’s all marked down. But only through August 4.

And this isn’t all summertime blow-out stuff. Sure, there are plenty of shorts and swimwear, tees, printed button-down shirts, and sandals and such on sale. But right now is also the perfect time to stock up on fall and winter gear and apparel. There’s a variety of jackets, coats, and boots to be had—many at super-severe discounts up to (and beyond) 50 percent.

Need a puffer coat? Plenty are on sale. Jean jackets? How about sweaters and pullovers? You can stock up on those, too, and still have enough left over to pick up some much-needed new luggage.

And if you’re a Big & Tall guy who’s always having trouble finding the right size for you, Nordstrom has nearly 250 items in extra-large sizes on sale right now. From pants and jeans to shirts and suits, Big & Tall men can find the perfect size at Nordstrom.

But you’d better hurry, because the selection of colors, styles, and sizes is going fast. Get over to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale today and stock up on closet staples—and make sure to pick out something fun and cool, just for you.

Hugo Boss Trim Fit Solid Wool Suit

A sleek, modern-cut suit framed with slim notched lapels. Italian virgin wool defines the texture; four shades—navy, light grey, dark grey, and black (shown)—makes the silhouette.

Get It: Save 33% on this Hugo Boss Slim-Fit Wool Suit ($ 599; was $ 895) at Nordstrom

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Smart Tech Stretch Check Dress Shirt

Tailored from a breathable stretch-cotton tech blend that keeps you dry and looking smart all day. Dress it up with slacks, or leave it untucked with jeans. Available in five colorways.

Get It: Save 50% on the Smart Tech Stretch Check Dress Shirt ($ 35; was $ 70) at Nordstrom

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Cole Haan GrandPro Sneaker

The low profile leather sneaker has become a wardrobe staple. Available in multiple colors including olive, red, grey, navy, and, of course, black-on-black.

Get It: Save 40% on the Cole Haan GrandPro ($ 90; was $ 150) at Nordstrom

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4-Pack Trim Fit Supima Cotton Tees

Every man needs a healthy supply of solid white crewneck Ts—and a midsummer re-up is always a fine idea. The trim modern fit keeps things tidy, and Supima is amazing.

Get It: Save 38% on White Supima Cotton Tees ($ 25 for four; was $ 40) at Nordstrom

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Patagonia 28l Refugio Backpack

Daypack? Weekender? Work? School? No matter the task, the Refugio delivers. With two main compartments and plenty of room for a laptop.

Get It: Save 34% on the Patagonia 28l Refugio Backpack ($ 59; was $ 89) at Nordstrom

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Trim Fit Non-Iron Dress Shirt

A fine texture enriches a handsome dress shirt tailored for a lean, modern fit. It features a straight collar, French placket, and adjustable button cuffs.

Get It: Save 28% on the Trim Fit Non-Iron Dress Shirt ($ 36; was $ 50) at Nordstrom

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Tom Ford Noir Extreme Set

An amber-drenched woody oriental with spicy heat, glowing citrus, and an array of floral notes. An excellent gift, it includes cologne and body spray.

Get It: Save 27% on this Tom Ford Noir Extreme Set ($ 168; was $ 229) at Nordstrom

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Herschel Canvas Duffle

Tough tech canvas translates to lasting quality and durability, and a dedicated shoe compartment means versatile utility.

Get It: Save 33% on the Herschel Canvas Duffle ($ 60; was $ 90) at Nordstrom

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Regular Fit Polo

Whether it’s golf day or casual Friday, this is the perfect top. It comes in five subtle, solid shades to accent any work attire.

Get It: Save 18% on the Regular Fit Polo ($ 37; was $ 45) at Nordstrom

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Jack Black Pit Boss

A double-shot of a Men’s Journal favorite. This vegan and cruelty-free formula includes vitamin E and aloe leaf, smells great, and it actually works.

Get It: Save 22% on Jack Black Pit Boss ($ 26 for two; was $ 38) at Nordstrom

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Short Sleeve Sport Shirt

Wear it to work, or wear it on the weekend. Either way, it’s the perfect summer shirt in a perfect summer color. Woven from lightweight cotton dobby. 

Get It: Save 35% on the Short Sleeve Sport Shirt ($ 39; was $ 60) at Nordstrom

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Tumi Alpha Bravo Reno Travel Kit

A smart hanger hook means easy access to your essentials. This spacious travel kit is engineered with an antibacterial lining.

Get It: Save 33% on the Tumi ABR Travel Kit ($ 100; was $ 150) at Nordstrom

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ThermoBall Zip Hoodie

Stash this highly compressible puffer coat for the winter months. Outfitted with PrimaLoft insulation, it has elastic binding at the cuffs and an internal cinch cord at the hem keep out the elements. 

Get It: Save 27% on the ThermoBall Zip Hoodie ($ 160; was $ 220) at Nordstrom

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Solid Quarter Zip Pullover

Available in four neutral shades that add versatility to a shoulder season-staple. Cut from soft cotton and finished with a sporty quarter-zip closure.

Get It: Save 20% on the Quarter Zip Pullover ($ 40; was $ 50) at Nordstrom

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Hydrocotton Bath Towel

Specially woven for maximum absorbency, Nordstrom’s plush and thick hydrocotton towels and washcloths come in twelve distinct shades.

Get It: Save 28% on Hydrocotton Bath Towels ($ 21; was $ 28) at Nordstrom

 

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Celine Men’s Spring 2020

“I have nostalgia for things I probably have never known.” The slogan embroidered on one of the big straw totes on the Celine runway could well summarize Hedi Slimane’s design ethos, though he would probably dispute that.
Suffice it to say that his childhood heroes — David Bowie, Serge Gainsbourg and The Clash, to name a few — are largely to credit for his trademark androgynous, elongated silhouettes. And with the designer working a Seventies groove, those influences loomed large over his spring men’s collection.
The sentence in question was actually borrowed from a painting by David Kramer, one of five artists who collaborated with Slimane this season, alongside Zach Bruder, André Butzer, Darby Milbrath and Carlos Valencia. “My own worst enemy,” read another — though we’ll resist the temptation to analyze that.
Paired with a pinstripe jacket, denim shirt and flares, aviator shades and white shoes, the straw bag had a distinctly Gainsbourgian panache. Those high-waisted faded jeans were worn with everything from a shrunken leather bomber jacket to a seersucker tuxedo coat — picture the Rolling Stones recording “Exile on Main Street” in the south of France.
Items like dungarees, straw boater hats and a gold lamé jacket brought to mind another

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Myar Men’s Spring 2020

Myar is showing its colors for spring. Andrea Rosso’s army uniform upcycling label this season matched military-sourced camouflage with multi-hued patterns from deadstock Hawaiian shirts, calling the collection Re_­Aloha. “We love to mix together two worlds that don’t belong together in a very harmonic way,” he explained.
The combinations’ visual effects are striking and fun. Pieces of a Hawaiian shirt, cut into camouflage shapes, were superimposed onto some uniforms. A green military fatigue pocket popped up on a similarly hued shirt emblazoned with palm trees. Blue military trousers took on a playful quality with piping made of shirting material.
On a number of garments, silhouettes of palm trees had been hand-stamped. “Every time it comes out differently,” Rosso said.
As in past seasons, Myar clothing comes with pouches containing excess fabric from its making-of. But this time, each also has a QR code through which it’s possible for people to learn about the provenance of the items and how they’ve been customized.
In another first, Myar created a dress, made of two military shirts put together. “Our biggest clients actually are females,” explained Rosso. “We have a unisex approach to the collection, even though these items are 100 percent made for men.”
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Jil Sander Men’s Spring 2020

The heat of the desert and the cobbled streets of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern towns hung over this spare, elegant collection, which had a subtle, exotic flavor.
Lucie and Luke Meier’s shapes ranged from the boxy to the languid, with the color, pattern and texture doing most of the talking.
An elongated, marine blue shirtdress; a spare, branch-like design on the back of a long, sweeping coat, and the fringes or tassels on a sweater were among the standouts.
Luke said fluid tailoring remains the way forward for the brand, which has long been synonymous with pared-back shapes and fine details. Lucie added that the collection’s value lies in its subtlety, its “poetry and detail,” and its lightweight fabrics.
The couple have been turning their hands and minds to sustainability, too, working materials such as organic banana fiber into pieces such as the black-and-white trenchcoat that appeared in the show. Lucie said the fiber is a dream because it behaves like gazar, but it’s lighter and offers structure without the stiffness.
All of that fabric research meant that even the simplest of pieces sang — the boxy khaki workwear suits, the navy overcoats and those oversized, billowy white cotton shirts, fit for long strolls under

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Pringle of Scotland Men’s Spring 2020

Pringle’s new men’s design director Giuseppe Marretta made waves with his first collection for the brand, which he raced to pull together after joining the company at the start of April. He took as his theme David Hockney’s painting, “A Bigger Splash,” and drove the collection in a whole new direction.
Formerly head of knitwear and jersey at Giorgio Armani, Marretta took a fresh look at Pringle’s offer, sending out a more graphic, modern argyle pattern, reversible cashmere knits, quilted wovens, printed organza, laser-print denim and sweaters that blended hand-knitting with technical yarns.
Even the Paris showroom setup was different: Meant to mimic Hockney’s painting, there were palm tree murals on the walls, a swimming pool design on the floor, and even a Perspex diving board that doubled as a display table.
“I wanted to bring some fun back to men’s wear, with key items from British culture and a fusion of sports and art. The young David Hockney was an inspiring artist and a style icon,” he said during a walk-through.
Denim and knits alike looked as if it they had been bleached, but they were not. Instead, Marretta used laser printing to create abstract images of a swimming pool surface on denim jeans

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Fumito Ganryu Men’s Spring 2020

Where to find respite from a tech-driven society? By escaping into nature, or at least looking at pictures of it, according to Japanese designer Fumito Ganryu.
For his third standalone collection, the former Comme des Garçons designer looked at National Geographic magazine,  Instagram and large-scale pictures taken by drones to create his landscape prints.
“At first my theme was architecture, but that led me to thinking, what is the new garment construction today?” said the designer backstage. “I love pictures of landscapes and the freedom they inspire, so I wanted to merge that freedom with a new way of coordinating garments, stepping away from classical codes. It’s no longer this form with that, this color with another, but rather about creating a coherent story instead: Sky prints on the top, earth prints on the bottom.”
Blues and greens dominated the first part of the show: Raindrops, glaciers, starry nights and cerulean skies were printed via inkjet on polyester shirts, tops and bomber jackets, while a technical raincoat featured vibrant leaf and grass prints.
Accessories were a strong point: models wore low-brimmed bucket hats with PVC visors by Japanese milliner Akio Hirata, while shoes were either technical sneakers created in collaboration with Salomon or easy

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Represent Men’s Spring 2020

Designer brothers George and Michael Heaton made a few changes this season, pulling their show off the Milan runway in order to focus on a new ad campaign shot by Jordan Green. The campaign, themed around a car accident in the remote countryside and involving an English bull terrier, lands in the next few weeks on billboards and fly posters on both sides of the Atlantic.
The brothers also decamped to Rockfield Studios in Wales, recently featured in the film “Bohemian Rhapsody,” to unplug from their Manchester studio and get some fresh perspective.
The collection, on display in a Milan showroom, had more than a whiff of the countryside to it, and was done in a palette of olive green, brown, black and camel for the duo’s street-meets-utilitarian wear silhouettes. There were oversize Windbreakers inspired by fellow Mancunian Noel Gallagher, camou trousers and shorts, and hunting, field jackets and plaid coats fit for cold Welsh mornings.
The standout print featured vintage cars on T-shirts and pajama-style tops, a reference to the vintage cars parked in the driveway in front of Rockfield and to the theme of the upcoming ad campaign.

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Paris When It Sizzles: Men’s Designers Join the Juggernaut

PARIS — There’s something about Paris, what with six packed days of men’s shows starting today, the calendar bulging with 10 more official shows and reflecting a United Nations of diverse fashion talent.
“Paris is the center of the fashion industry. It’s the pinnacle of luxury and a hub of creativity,” enthused Spencer Phipps, a San Francisco native showing at the Cite Internationale des Arts Tuesday. “Starting a business here as an American, it pushes us to innovate and puts the way people view the brand in a different context.”
Hed Mayner, based in Tel Aviv, said he chose Paris as his platform partly because he happened to live in the French capital shortly after his studies in Jerusalem, and found the team that puts together his namesake label. “Besides this, we wanted to get closer to the hub of the fashion world, which will provide us with the opportunity to increase our knowledge, and network with industry leaders and creative minds,” he added.
With men’s weeks in other capitals withering, young designers are attracted to the creative energy in Paris, and the opportunity to capture not only attention, but business, given the concentration of press, influencers and buyers congregating this week. About

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EXCLUSIVE: Fendi Works With Luca Guadagnino as Guest Designer for Men’s Spring Collection

MILAN — After working with the likes of Nico Vascellari, Reilly Hey and Sue Tilley, and in January with her mentor Karl Lagerfeld, Silvia Venturini Fendi will reveal today the latest Fendi guest designer: Luca Guadagnino. The “Call Me By Your Name” director has designed a special print for Fendi’s men’s spring 2020 collection to be unveiled here Monday in a new location for the brand, the neoclassic 18th-century Royal Villa.
A longtime friend of Venturini Fendi, Guadagnino first worked with the brand on a video for spring 2006. In 2007, they partnered to set up the First Sun production company, which produced the director’s acclaimed 2009 film “I Am Love,” starring Tilda Swinton.
Guadagnino, whose “Call Me By Your Name” received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture and one for Actor in a Leading Role for Timothée Chalamet’s interpretation, in 2012 founded the production company Frenesy Film specifically for taking on projects with major fashion brands, and he has directed or produced short films or commercials for, among others, and in addition to Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sergio Rossi, Cartier and Pomellato, and, most recently, Valentino.
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Versace Men’s Spring 2020

Buckle up and put on those Biggie sunglasses because Donatella is roaring into town in her arty black Ferrari, and she’s ready for some fun, Nineties Versace style. Boy, did the designer pile it on for spring, with leopard spots, colored crystals, car prints and Lilly Pulitzer-decamps-to-Miami neon brights. And that was the men’s wear, not the few women’s looks.
Few surfaces in the collection were untouched by print, gloss or sparkle as models glowed and flashed like beacons on a dark road. Bold and garish, the show was 100-proof Versace, utterly true to the brand’s roots, and to the Gianni-cum-Donatella aesthetic of more, more, more – and repeat – preferably while swinging a leopard-print bag.
There was nothing subtle going on here, what with the big Gianni Versace signature splashed over neckties, or picked out in lines of tiny crystals on silk patterned shirts. For anyone wondering who Versace’s new owners are, there were some big clues in the baseball caps and Gianni Versace signature socks, classic entry price merch to please the folks at the publicly-quoted Capri Holdings.
While the yellow, orange, green or blue-tinged sunglasses didn’t carry big branding, they were a vintage house style, designed for the Notorious B.I.G.

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Givenchy Men’s Spring 2020

“For me it’s the perfect serendipitous moment. I’d been looking to do a show and I wanted to do something very special, and then the invitation came,” said Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller, who for her debut stand-alone men’s runway display on Wednesday evening in Florence, as the special guest of the Pitti Uomo trade show, chose the luxuriant gardens of the Villa Palmieri as the stage for a collection fusing Old and New World aesthetics. The storyline was fed through a minimalist, Nineties filter, with a focus on clean, monochromatic total looks. It was easy to see the commercial potential in the line, which felt very urban and of the moment, with the airy, summery mood extending to the 30 tailoring silhouettes.
The designer sent out endless variations on the suit with a wide diversity of fits, including the return to the three-button silhouette with a slightly softer shoulder and a subtly pearlized luster in the fabric; boxy silhouettes echoed on shirts with drop sleeves, and a spin on the three-piece suit, pairing a coat with a matching jacket worn over bare skin. Waight Keller also included a couple of girls in the lineup, cementing the collection’s de facto genderless feel,

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Salvatore Ferragamo Men’s Spring 2020

Having Palazzo Vecchio as the backdrop of a runway show is a privilege that only a quintessential Florentine brand such as Salvatore Ferragamo with a long history in this Tuscan city could hope to pull off. Of course such an incredible backdrop might have become a bit overwhelming with a weak collection. But that wasn’t the case for the lineup creative director Paul Andrew showed on Tuesday night.
The antique beauty of the Piazza della Signoria square actually created a charming contrast to the slightly futuristic take on the utilitarian aesthetic injected into the collection. Salvatore Ferragamo’s incredible craftsmanship and heritage stood out, but in a new version, never nostalgic or retro, but projected into the future. The high-tech approach to the treatment of materials, including leather which was embossed and then waxed for a glossy effect, as well a certain sharpness in the cuts, conveyed a look that felt very modern and cool yet never cold or too minimal. Accessories helped put the focus on the duality of the lineup: while the sailing bags and the leather sandals exuded classic elegance, the multipocket bags and chunky boots offered the most functional and cutting-edge essence of Andrew’s fashion proposal for

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C2H4 Men’s Spring 2020

Yixi Chen stuck to what she knows best and presented a collection of futuristic performance wear pieces like seasons past. She created a new narrative around these pieces and split her collection into three story lines, which she said were “a commentary on class-based societies.”
The first round of looks — distressed hoodies and patchwork puffers — referenced the lower class. Silhouettes tightened up and sportswear pieces such as logo pullover jackets and straight-leg nylon trackpants showed the uniformity of the working class. A crisp white après-ski wear outfit, which felt heavy for a spring collection, led the final round of looks of Chen’s elite class.
There were plenty of commercially desirable pieces in the lineup of waterproof jackets, puffer jackets and rip-stop nylon trackpants that would be sure to please the streetwear crowd, as proven by some showgoers who were already wearing full C2H4 look.
Chen is most innovative, however, when it comes to materials. She presented a black puffer jacket that reflected duochrome purple and green under the spotlight, which had audience members snapping away.

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Our Favorite Men’s Care Brand Has A New Line: Hair by Harry’s

With the influx of razor-by-mail companies lately, we keep coming back to Harry’s. We’ve never been disappointed. Harry’s has amazing shave products as well as razors, with low prices and fantastic customer service. And now our favorite men’s care brand has just released a line of hair care and grooming products that are as awesome as their shaving gear: Hair by Harry’s.

2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner

Harry’s new 2 in 1 ($ 7) is a quick, nourishing way to clean and condition your hair without stripping it of its natural oils and essences. It lathers up nicely and rinses clean, and then you’re done. No fooling around with a separate bottle of conditioner, no waiting 60 seconds for some magical conditioning effect to take place. That’s it, you’re done.

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And it has a pleasant scent that isn’t overly fragrant, with light notes of lavender as well as bracing peppermint, and soothing eucalyptus. It’s great for all hair types, plus it’s paraben-, dye-, and sulfate-free. With enough moisturizing properties to make it okay to use it everyday.

Now you’re ready to move on to another of Harry’s fantastic hair grooming products.

Sculpting Gel

Harry’s Sculpting Gel ($ 8) is perfect for guys who want a light but firm hold on their coif. It locks in any style in any shape, but remains soft and gentle to the touch. Unless, of course, you’re going for a slicker look, in which case you comb it through while your hair is wet.

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It won’t fade or flake away light some other gels, and there’s no alcohol—so it won’t dry or damage your hair. And it rinses out clean at the end of the day. Paraben-free, sulfate-free, and never tested on animals, Harry’s Sculpting Gel has a light and refreshing scent, with hints of lemon and fresh herbs. It leaves your hair firmly in place, and won’t come off on your—or anyone else’s—fingers.

Taming Cream

For long-haired dudes after a more natural look, Harry’s has something for you as well. For an unruly mane that desires a soft hold and a carefree finish, you need Harry’s Taming Cream ($ 8). It’s lightweight cream that’s ideal for curly, coarse, thick hair, leaving it naturally casual without feeling stiff or sticky.

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Best of all, Taming Cream styles, moisturizes, and conditions as well. And to paraphrase an old ad slogan, just a little dab will do. So your hair comes away looking natural and free of harsh chemicals and powerful smells.

Texturizing Putty

This stuff is great for guys who want to look like they put zero effort into their hair. With a matte finish and malleable hold, Harry’s Texturizing Putty ($ 12) delivers subtle definition without stickiness or stiffness. It’s ideal for professionals, guys with short hair who want keep it tidy without looking like they spent more than a few minutes in front of the mirror.

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Just rub a dab between your hands to soften it up, then smooth and work it through dry (or towel-dry) hair until you get your desired shape and style. It leaves your hair smelling rich and woodsy, and lets everyone know how you feel about your hair: There are far more important things for a man to worry about.

So if you’re looking for great hair care products from a reliable company, stuff that’s made by guys, for guys, check out Hair by Harry’s hair care products. Pick yourself up some amazing razors while you’re there. And don’t sleep on their awesome shower products.

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Goop Is Getting Into the Men’s Apparel Business

Goop is getting into the men’s apparel business.
The Gwyneth Paltrow-run lifestyle brand is launching G. Label Men with six sweaters, all made in Italy. Like G. Label women’s, Goop’s first men’s collection, priced $ 450 to $ 525, puts a twist on the basics.
“We’ve reimagined staples already in a man’s closet, made in Italy with fine yarns and special details like cover stitching and drawstrings with leather pulls,” said Shaun Kearney, Goop’s senior vice president of fashion. G. Label Men joins G. Label, G. Label Core Collection, G. Label Swim and G. Sport to round out Goop’s in-house fashion offerings. The company has only previously sold men’s wear in a very limited way, as part of gift guides, and from third-party vendors.
Kearney said the move into designing men’s came in response to customer requests. “We started to see men with their spouses at the Goop health summits. Both the men and their spouses were asking when we were going to launch G. Label men’s.” He said the team will evaluate demand to see what the appetite is for drops, but that they could eventually be monthly, in line with the women’s business.

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The Best New Men’s Polo Shirts to Wear This Summer

We’ll tell you something you probably already know: Polo shirts aren’t just a uniform for the golf course. The simple three-button collared shirt is now available in more fabrics, patterns, and styles than ever before, and brands are experimenting with new interpretations of the menswear staple. Whether or not they’ve been in your rotation before, the latest crop of men’s polo shirts are making a strong case for spot in your dresser.


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But as you’ll see below, there are lots of great options to choose from. Picking the right polo for you depends on a few different variables, so we reached out to stylists for guidance on what to look for. First off: Make sure you pick one that fits. Size up if the buttons are pulling, says Lisa Cameron, stylist to celebs like Queer Eye‘s Karamo Brown, and make sure you have enough length to cover your stomach if you raise your arms up. But don’t go too baggy—a trimmer polo can accentuate your physique. “If you want to make your arms look a bit bigger,” says stylist Patrick Kenger, “find a polo with some ribbing around the end of the sleeves, which will hug your arms and help them ‘fill out’ the shirt sleeve.”

In addition, try to avoid shirts with lots of branding or big logos. “Keep it clean,” Kenger says.


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Stylists agree the polo is a versatile shirt, and you can wear it with quite a few different outfits. For starters, try using it as a replacement for your usual T-shirt.

“One of the best ways I’ve heard it put is that a polo is a gentleman’s T-shirt,” explains Kenger. “If you want to bump things up from the usual T-shirt and jeans outfit, then a polo is a great substitute.”

It also looks great with a suit. You can opt for a monochromatic look by matching your polo with the suit’s color, or go for a complementary color scheme, like a navy suit and pink polo, Cameron advises. You can also try pairing a polo with a bomber jacket, or wearing it with a simple pair of chinos and some sneakers.

Feeling inspired? Here are some of the best new polos to mix up your look this season.

Ralph Lauren The Earth Polo

Even Ralph Lauren, which is basically synonymous with “polo,” is updating its version of the shirt. Check out the Earth Polo, which is made from recycled plastic bottles: Each shirt saves about 12 bottles from heading to the landfill or ending up in the ocean.

[$ 90; ralphlauren.com]

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Lacoste Regular Fit Cotton Mini Piqué Polo

Stand out from the crowd by embracing the breezy tropical pattern on this shirt—a perfect print for summer. It also comes with a ribbed finish on the sleeves, which will help accentuate your biceps.

[$ 135; lacoste.com]

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Officine Generale Simon Garment-Dyed Slub Linen Polo Shirt

Who needs buttons? Not you. An inventive take on the classic shirt, this linen iteration does away with the three-button closure for a more relaxed, open collar.

[$ 170; mrporter.com]

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Baobab Polo Shirt

This shirt from up-and-coming menswear brand Baobab uses soft Pima cotton for comfort, and the company’s proprietary fabric treatment makes it resistant to stains, odor, wrinkles, fading, and shrinking. Hate laundry? The company claims you can wear this shirt 10-12 times between washes.

[$ 95; baobabclothing.com]

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Banana Republic Supima Cotton Sweater Polo

Supima cotton delivers excellent softness and comfort while stripes and dark accents make the neutral color pallete more eye-catching on this example from Banana Republic.

[$ 65; bananarepublic.gap.com]

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Marine Layer Re-Spun Polo

Part of Marine Layer’s new Re-Spun collection, this polo is made completely from donated T-shirts and has no added dyes. That means you get a super-soft, sustainably made shirt with an awesome retro pattern to boot.

[$ 92; marinelayer.com]

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Patagonia Trail Harbor Polo

This Fair Trade-certified polo from Patagonia is made from a hemp/organic cotton blend for good breathability and softness, and comes with a front chest pocket for a little extra style.

[$ 69; patagonia.com]

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Ministry of Supply Composite Slim Fit Polo

This trim polo is made from Merino wool, which makes it exceptionally soft and also naturally sweat-wicking and anti-microbial, so you’ll stay fresh all day.

[$ 85; ministryofsupply.com]

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Outdoor Voices Clubknit Polo

Outdoor Voices has built a reputation for producing great functional basics, and this polo is no exception: Made from a poly/nylon/spandex blend, it wicks sweat and stretches for increased comfort as you move.  

[$ 65; outdoorvoices.com]

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Rhone Commuter Tech Polo

Rhone is known for high-performance, stylish menswear, and that holds true with the company’s new Commuter Tech Polo, too. Anti-microbial, stretchy, and featuring laser-cut venting, it can keep up when you break a sweat, and the subtle “Micro-Check” pattern looks great.

[$ 92; rhone.com]

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Fourlaps Level Polo

This polo comes with some serious performance specs: 37.5 technology, which uses active particles (which are made from volcanic sand) in the fabric that respond to humidty near your skin, venting moisture as you heat up, and trapping it when you get chilly. No matter what the weather’s doing, this shirt will keep you comfortable.

[$ 88; fourlaps.com]

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Lululemon Metal Vent Tech Polo

This polo is built to work. It’s constructed without seams to avoid snags and increase comfort, the mesh fabric breathes well, and it’s finished with an antimicrobial treatment to fight odors. 

[$ 88; shop.lululemon.com]

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Adidas Sergio Garcia Polo

Heads up, golfers: This polo takes inspiration from the one Sergio Garcia wore during his unforgettable 1999 PGA Championship appearance. It might not improve your score, but it’ll definitely keep you looking good on the course.

[$ 65; adidas.com]

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Nike Dri-FIT Tiger Woods Vapor

Another solid option for hitting the links, this Nike polo’s stretchy, sweat-wicking fabric will keep you comfortable through 18 holes, and its bold pattern will help you stand out from the sea of pastels.

[$ 85; nike.com]

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Faherty Indigo Polo

Faherty brings its signature beachy vibe to this laid-back polo. It’s pre-washed for a nice faded finish, and it comes in a variety of great color combos—though we’re partial to this warm striped colorway.

[$ 98; fahertybrand.com]

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Sies Marjan Expected to Show Men’s in Paris

Count Sies Marjan as the latest brand to make the jump from New York to Paris.
Sources said the buzzy New York-based brand will hold its first men’s-only show in June during Paris Fashion Week. The company declined to comment but an announcement is expected next week.

The label, designed by Sander Lak, a former head of design for Dries Van Noten, has historically shown men’s looks during his women’s show in New York, but a more-intense focus on its men’s collection has prompted the company to opt for the Paris runway where many of the higher-profile brands show.

Sies Marjan launched as a luxury women’s label in 2016 in New York. Lak, a Dutch native, debuted his first full men’s line for fall 2018.
Before spending five years at Dries Van Noten, Lak, a graduate of Central Saint Martins, worked at Balmain in Paris and Phillip Lim in New York. His Sies Marjan brand is known for its use of color, proportion and innovative materials.

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12 Must-See Men’s Looks From the 2019 Met Gala

The stars were out for the annual Met Gala, held last night in New York City. All eyes were on the pink carpet to see the celebs’ creative looks, and the internet, naturally, was blowing up with hot takes and reactions on who was best dressed (and worst). This year’s theme was “camp,” which led to some wild outfits and more than a little head-scratching. But the guys had a strong showing, too: Here are our favorite men’s looks from this year’s Met Gala.


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Michael B. Jordan

Step aside, suit jacket. The Black Panther and Creed star took things to the next level with this sleek embroidered jacket.

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Henry Golding

The leading man from Crazy Rich Asians walked the pink carpet in a very rock star-esque suit: metallic, sparkling, loud, and colorful.

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Odell Beckham Jr.

We’re not sure if Odell Beckham Jr. ripped his suit on the way to the gala and improvised it into this awesome fit, or if he planned it this way all along. Either way, all those football workouts mean he’s definitely fit enough to pull off a sleeveless jacket. 

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Liam Hemsworth

Liam Hemsworth kept things understated and classy with an all-black fit and a subtle metallic finish on his bow tie.

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Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx definitely stood out from the crowd of dark suits with his sequin-enrusted panther patch, shades, and purple shoes—a nod to his date, Katie Holmes.

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Kanye West

Kanye ditched the typical suit-and-tie getup for a more casual, streetwear-inspired look: A black Dickies work jacket over black pants. But come on, when has Kanye ever gone the “typical” route?

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Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean had a decidedly different take on the formal jacket last night: He went for a black quarter-zip pullover. It looked sleek, and it also meant he was ready for any unpredictable springtime weather—we salute that kind of preparedness.

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Alex Rodriguez

We love a guy who’s not afraid to wear pink, and A-Rod made a strong case for incorporating more of the color into your wardrobe with this sharp light pink tuxedo jacket.

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Richard Madden

Baggy pants, a single-button double-breasted jacket, shiny leather boots, giant paperclip lapel pin—we loved how Richard Madden brought it all together with one stark black color palette.

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Lewis Hamilton

British Formula 1 racecar driver Lewis Hamilton strode down the pink carpet in a shining zig-zag patterned tux that he helped design—a cool look for sure, but it did provoke some Derek Zookander comparisons on Twitter.

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Rami Malek

Velvet blazer? Check. Sparkling metallic shirt? Check. Black-and-red striped boots? Check. Rami Malek was went a few steps beyond your typical tux by bringing in some eye-catching materials and colors.

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Thanos

Has the Marvel cinematic universe bled into reality? Not quite. Josh Brolin shared this artist’s rendering of Thanos at the Met Gala, and took the opportunity to troll a few of his fellow celebs, too.

 

 

 

 

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Noma T.D. RTW and Men’s Fall 2019

Name: Noma T.D.
Main message: Masako Noguchi and Takuma Sasaki have been designing their brand for more than a decade, but their latest collection was the first one they presented at Tokyo Fashion Week. First they showed a short film directed by Rinko Kawauchi with music by Hiroshi Fujiwara. Titled “Harmony,” it showed simple, everyday scenes at a family country house and the surrounding wilderness as winter changes to spring.
Next, a black curtain opened to reveal eight models in relaxed, outdoorsy Noma T.D. looks. A pajama-like set of flannel pants and a shirt in a big, bold check pattern was paired with a black fishing vest for men, while a gray, navy and dark green floral print satin dress peeked out from under a plush wool coat for women. There was also a blue tie-dyed sweatsuit, a shirt embroidered with large flowers, and a quilted black coat with striped satin sleeves in black and deep blue.
The result: The offering, while small, showed a balance between street-ready and outdoorsy pieces, making it well suited for the modern urbanite.

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Tommy John Is Revolutionizing Men’s Underwear

Tommy John is a revolutionary undergarment manufacturer that focuses on soft, cool, comfortable cotton underwear, t-shirts, socks, and loungewear that’s shaking up the apparel industry. Guys are going gaga for Tommy John, and now there’s a big sale on Bundles in its men’s collection.

What’s the most important thing about your undergarments? Function? Fit? Comfort? It’s a very personal thing. No matter what you value the most, Tommy John undergarments check all the boxes. And it’s guaranteed: If these aren’t the best underwear, socks, and you’ve ever worn, they’re totally, completely free.

There’s more. Active military and first responders get a 20 percent discount on all Tommy John products. And teachers, don’t fret: All US K-12 teachers, college faculty, and staff are eligible for a 20 percent discount as well.


The Total Package: Better Boxer Briefs

But you don’t need to be a hero to get a deal. Along with the sale that’s going on right now, Tommy John is offering a 15 percent discount if you sign up for its email newsletter, and free shipping on any order over $ 75.

Tommy John offers four distinct collections, defined by the fabric that performs like nothing you’ve ever worn:

COOL COMFORT. Designed for daily wear, the Cool Cotton collection uses an exclusive, breathable smart fabric that wicks away moisture to dry fast and cool quickly. It’s perfect for active guys, keeping you cool and comfortable even in steamy New York summers. Breathable and lightweight, the stretch cotton keeps you 2–3times cooler than normal cotton and dries 4–5 times faster.
SECOND SKIN. Constructed from a non-pilling micro modal fabric that’s sourced from Beechwood trees, this collection of silky boxers, briefs, socks and loungewear are so soft and luxurious it’s like you’re not wearing anything at all.
AIR. Fantastic for frequent fliers, this stretch mesh fabric with anti-microbial and anti-odor technology scores with minimal weight and maximum breathability. Quick dry technology means you can rinse them in the sink and wear them again in less than four hours.
360 SPORT. For the gym and performance, this stretch fabric ensures your underwear won’t ride up when you work out. Mesh cooling zones, with anti-microbial and anti-odor technology, keep you dry and fresh.

All Tommy John Bundles are on sale, but here are a few we’ve got our eye on.

Get It: Check out the deals on Bundles at Tommy John.

Air Boxer Brief 3 Pack

One of Tommy John’s most popular items, this bundle (normally $ 126) is ideal for travelers or anyone who sits for long stretches during the day. Hundreds of reviewers testify.

Get It: Get your 3-pack bundle of Air Boxer Briefs ($ 120) at Tommy John

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Cool Cotton Spring Sampler Pack

Great for long summer days, the Cool Cotton bundle (normally $ 90) includes a pair in basic black, one in grey heather with a blue Stay Put waistband and contrast stitching, and a stylish neo-retro striped design that’s sure to surprise (and impress).

Get It: Pick up your 3-pair bundle of Cool Cotton trunk briefs ($ 86) at Tommy John

 

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360 Sport 2.0 Trunk 3 Pack

Featuring targeted micro mesh ventilation zones and a bonded utility pocket for valuables, this 3-pack of 360 Sport 2.0 trunks (regularly $ 96) are by far one of Tommy’s most innovative products. Customers swear by their comprehensive support and comfort. A gym essential.

Get It: Pick up your 3-pack bundle of 360 Sport 2.0 trunks at Tommy John

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Second Skin Boxer Brief Spring Sampler Pack

Regularly $ 108, right now you can nab three pair of silky boxer briefs for just $ 103. With a contour piouch, horizontal Quick Draw fly for easy access, Stay Put waistband that won’t roll or leave marks, and 36 stretch that won’t ride up, they’re practically like going commando.

Get It: Pick up your 3-pair bundle of Second Skin Boxer Briefs ($ 103) at Tommy John

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Lounge Jogger and Henley Pack

TJ is way more than just underwear. This jogger/henley combo (regularly $ 158) is perfect for chilling around the house on a lazy Sunday. Luxurious tri-blend fabric, a generous-but-modern cut, and reinforced stitching ensure they’ll feel great and last for years.

Get It: Pick up your Lounge Jogger/Henley bundle ($ 150) at Tommy John

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Cinoh RTW and Men’s Fall 2019

Name: Cinoh
Main message: Takayuki Chino has been heading his own brands for over a decade, but as one of the winners of the 2019 Tokyo Fashion Award, he staged a runway show for the first time this season. With it, he showed his audience just why Cinoh has reached levels of popularity that many Tokyo brands can only hope for, being carried by top retailers across Japan.
The designer showed a relaxed, slightly disheveled sophistication. A leopard print, plush fleece pantsuit and long, fringed straight skirts for women shared the runway with men’s suits that were reimagined with pullovers in the place of button-front jackets. Long satin dresses, pleather overalls, fuzzy knits and easy fit trousers were given a subtle injection of Nineties grunge when paired with oversize plaid jackets and shirts. The theme was also hinted at in the show’s soundtrack, which included an instrumental backing track of Nirvana’s 1991 hit “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
The result: With equal parts elegance and comfort, it was a collection that will surely resonate with Tokyo’s fashion-forward youth, without alienating older consumers.

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Nobuyuki Matsui Men’s Fall 2019

Name: Nobuyuki Matsui
Main message: The first clue that Nobuyuki Matsui’s first Tokyo Fashion Week outing was going to be something unusual was the invitation: a small cardboard box holding a single air pillow, on which details of the show were printed. When audience members arrived, they were asked to step over the back of long benches in order to reach their seats. The long, narrow runway was strewn with air packaging, some filled with goose down, which popped under the models’ feet, adding a strange kind of percussion to the soundtrack.
Some of the clothes also incorporated the pillow-like pouches, which were tied with strings to coats or stuffed inside a tan leather vest that was cut to look like another form of packaging material. But the concept didn’t run through the entire collection, and some looks of simple pants and shirts felt bland and unimaginative. More interesting was Matsui’s modern take on tailoring, which included pullover vests and suits with exposed stitching, contrast fabrics, and trousers that were either cropped or cinched with belts at the ankle.
The result: The collection showed ingenuity and a fresh take on some men’s wear staples, but it was inconsistent and would have benefited from

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The field is set for the 2019 college hockey tournament. Here’s how each team stacks up, plus our predictions for who will win it all.
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Postelegant RTW and Men’s Fall 2019

Name: Postelegant
Main message: One of the six winners of the 2019 Tokyo Fashion Award, Yuya Nakata’s fledgling brand (established only two years ago) aims to make “timeless modern wear with the best materials and details.” For the brand’s first collection shown on the runway, it did just that. The silhouettes were classic and refined, including different cuts of long coats, tailored trousers and calf-length dresses. And while they were beautifully cut to move with the body, it was the fabrics that set them apart from simple basics. Wool blends in sky blue and red, ribbed knits in the perfect shade of medium gray, a fine, bone-colored twill, and a trio of cloths all in dusty pink all begged a second look.
The result: A newcomer on the Tokyo fashion scene, Nakata proved himself as one to watch with a collection that went beyond elegant to something new and undeniably modern.

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Mistergentleman Men’s Fall 2019

Name: Mistergentleman
Main message: Always one of the bright spots during Tokyo Fashion Week, Takeshi Osumi and Yuichi Yoshii’s men’s brand mixed easy tailoring with streetwear, outdoor and women’s wear influences for fall. Models walked the grass-like carpeted runway in retro, relaxed snakeskin print suits paired with satin double-breasted shirts and neckerchiefs, or velvet pants with roomy overcoats. The more casual looks included dad jeans, hooded sweatshirts and duck canvas jackets, all in neutral shades of gray, brown, khaki and black, interspersed with pops of purple, green and orange.
Osumi and Yoshii played with proportions, shrinking trenches and puffer jackets into crop tops and styling them over wool coats and loose sweaters. Moto, letterman and toggle jackets were chopped up into bib-like pieces and layered over outerwear, while a series of coats and jackets were cut from two contrasting fabrics: olive corduroy and gray wool flannel, or plush fleece with the same snake print from earlier pieces. Subtle feminine touches came in the form of silk scarves worn as belts over coats, and a handful of equestrian print jackets and shifts. The brand also debuted its latest collaboration products, including quilted bags made with Outdoor Products and a black satin bomber designed

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The Reracs RTW and Men’s Fall 2019

Name: The Reracs
Main message: With her inaugural show during Tokyo Fashion Week, Naomi Kurahashi displayed just how to present classic pieces on a runway without boring the audience: make sure to have plenty of variety, use beautiful textiles, keep the pace quick, and employ inventive styling choices. The brand lived up to its profile, which says that it’s “backed by quality and practicality,” but proved that it has so much more to offer.
The collection was made up of variations on a pretty basic theme: straight-legged or relaxed, jogger-style trousers paired with V-neck sweaters or just about any kind of outerwear imaginable, all turned out in neutral tones of gray, black, navy, white and beige. But the superior construction and luxurious textiles elevated the collection beyond simple classics, with suiting material showing a drape resembling that of matte jersey, and a black pleather poncho turning more heads than it would have if it had been made from animal skin. The fabrics were so beautiful on their own that there was no need for flashy prints, but occasional flashes of Fair Isle, argyle or checked patterns kept things interesting.
The result: Kurahashi has been designing The Reracs for nearly a decade, but proved

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Ssense Launches Marine Serre Men’s Line

Ssense has snagged the exclusive for the launch of the Marine Serre’s first men’s designs.
The 22-piece collection includes fleece jackets, dégradé tracksuits, bike shorts, T-shirts and accessories that are rich in Nineties nostalgia.
The collection retails from $ 95 for a whistle-festooned lariat to $ 2,270 for a floral-print blanket coat.
Ssense is a luxury retailer based in Montreal that has a strong following with men and women under the age of 34.
Serre, a Parisian-based designer, has been a winner of the LVMH Prize, and made her mark with crescent-moon print bodysuits and dresses made from upcycled silk scarves for women. Her clothes blend futuristic, athletic and couture references.

She had interned at Maison Margiela and quit her job in the studio of Balenciaga in September 2017 to focus on her own label. This is her first men’s wear capsule.

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The 4 Best Men’s Pants to Update Your Wardrobe This Spring

While we love a good pair of jeans as much as anybody, falling into a rut and wearing the same few pairs every day is never a good idea. With spring right around the corner, now’s the perfect time to revamp your lineup and get some fresh new pants into your closet.


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From casual, everyday wear to dressing up for an evening out, here are four pairs that will work well—and keep you looking good—no matter where you take them this spring.

PAIGE Lennox Pant

[$ 189; paige.com]

Dolce & Gabbana Cotton Pant

[$ 745; dolcegabbana.com]

Life After Denim Weekend Chino

[$ 138; lifeafterdenim.com]

Michael Kors Beach Trouser

[$ 98; michaelkors.com]

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Victor Li Men’s Fall 2019

Even though this may be his sophomore collection, Victor Li has luxury on the brain.
On his latest trip to Hokkaido, Japan, “I asked myself what I would put into my suitcase from a traveler perspective,” Li said at his presentation, which was held at the Japan Society.
This translated into a sophisticated traveler’s wardrobe, with classic pieces including a taupe shearling jacket worn with soft pink cashmere sweatpants; a cream double-breasted overcoat and a suit offered in three different fits: American, European and a kimono jacket version.
Some of the more fashion-forward pieces, such as an embroidered blanket jacket and a black leather parka, gave the offering that extra luxe feel.
Li also launched accessories this season, offering a nylon waist bag, and two duffel style bags — one in canvas and one in leather.
Whether or not your next trip is short or long, Li definitely knows that comfort and elegance are key.

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Genderless and traditional merge at New York Fashion Week: Mens

Fashion brands Palomo Spain, Descendant of Thieves and more debut new collections. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)


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Isabel Marant Men’s Fall 2019

With only a few seasons under her belt, Isabel Marant has found her groove for designing her fledgling men’s wear line. The fall collection hit a new level of confidence, offering relaxed and stylish pieces that translated her codes into a youthful offer for men in the market for something out of the mainstream.  
“It’s mostly a story of a good cut, good fabrics, good colors — it’s not about dressing a man who’s super fashion-conscious, but rather to dress a man for everyday life, with a bit of style and a bit of attitude,” she said. 
The Eighties vibes prevalent in her women’s lines transferred over in the form of loose, windbreaker-style cuts with rounded shoulders — a house signature. Examples included a light pink sweatshirt with ivory patches, a thick brown leather bomber and a thin shiny silver jacket with khaki and copper panels that zips up the front. Further addressing the outerwear craze, she delivered trenches, an autumn-toned camouflage raincoat and a cosy reversible shearling coat.
Other highlights included a faded pink boiler suit and an added touch of humor on the back of a dark corduroy jean jacket: embroidered with a wolf face it reads “I howl my

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Men’s Journal Exclusive Offer: 25 Percent Off at Taylor Stitch

We’re always excited to feature a company that takes responsibility for its products, cares about its employees, and conscious of its footprint on our planet.

And right now one of those companies, Taylor Stitch, is offering an exclusive discount to Men’s Journal readers. For a company that doesn’t often have sales, this is indeed a Very Big Deal.


10 Brands Making Outdoor Adventure Fashionable

Right now Men’s Journal readers can take 25 percent off select items at Taylor Stitch simply by checking out with the code TS25FORYOU. Refresh your winter wardrobe, get ready for spring, grab that jacket you’ve always had your eye on—however you want to justify it, you’ve got to get to Taylor Stitch right now and support a company that supports you. And the planet.

Here’s what’s available at this exclusive sale at Taylor Stitch.

The Montara Jacket in Vintage Blue

Originally from the 30s, the timeless silhouette of the Harrington jacket was revived as the weather barrier of choice for the counterculture trendsetters of the 60s, 70s, 80s and worn by dissidents from James Dean to the Clash. 

[$ 139, normally $ 178; taylorstitch.com   

 

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The Leeward Shirt in Navy Tartan

This wool-dominant blend is not only incredibly warm and insulating but it’s also lightly brushed, giving it a soft, pleasantly textured finish. Add to that a striking navy tartan, and you have a shirt that looks great from afar and even better up close.

[$ 149, normally $ 188; taylorstitch.com  

 

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The Coit Jacket in Blackwatch Wool

Blackwatch wool is a classic Scottish tartan, and the 80/20 wool/poly blend in the Coit will be sure to combat blustery climates from Northern California to Northern Maine. Weighing in at a burly 13-oz., it’s guaranteed to warm chilly nights in the colder seasons. You’re looking at a shirt jacket that’s staring at a solid twenty years of use.

[$ 189, normally $ 238; taylorstitch.com  

 

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The Après Hoodie in Olive Stripe Hemp Fleece

Hemp adds strength and abrasion resistance while also creating an unbelievable character of the finished garment. Pesticide-free by its very nature (it’s a weed), blending hemp with organic cotton forms a fabric free from chemicals harmful to our environment.

[$ 99, normally $ 188; taylorstitch.com]    

 

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The Yosemite Shirt in Camo

Built with 100 percent organic cotton flannel chamois, this heavy-duty perfectly brushed flannel never pills and just gets better with age. Good luck wearing through the elbows of this. The perfect outdoor men’s shirt? Maybe.

[$ 109, normally $ 125; taylorstitch.com]    

 

 

 

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The Truckee Jacket in Moss

Whether you’re using it as a camping pillow, throwing it over the shoulders of a loved one while huddled around the fire, or slipping it on after a day of shredding double blacks, the Truckee is bound to be your year-round go-to.

[$ 159, normally $ 198; taylorstitch.com]    

 

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The Winslow Parka in Navy

A custom natural un-dyed wool blanket lining under a naturally beeswaxed canvas—Halley Stevensons has been waxing fabrics since 1864—this weatherproof winter jacket will take you right through winter and on to summer. 

[$ 239, normally $ 298; taylorstitch.com]     

 

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The Primrose Jacket in Charcoal

Fusing technical details with an elegant urban aesthetic, this jacket is fully waterproof. The sleek trench silhouette guarantees that what’s underneath stays dry, whether it’s a sports coat or your faithful crewneck. And the cotton collar and front welt pockets give it a style that suits most any outfit.

[$ 259, normally $ 328; taylorstitch.com]    

 

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Browns Hosts Dinner to Mark Fantastic Man’s Book About Men’s Dressing

LIGHT FANTASTIC: What’s the opposite of hi-tech? The new book by Fantastic Man magazine, “What Men Wear and Why.” A soft cover printed on recycled paper, it includes lots of charming interviews with men about how they dress themselves every day. The interviews are long — no social media-sized commentary here — and, crucially, there are no illustrations or images. Readers — refreshingly — are forced to use their mind’s eye.
Browns hosted a cocktail and dinner on Saturday night during Paris Men’s Fashion Week to mark the book’s publication, and its collaboration with Fantastic Man. The retailer has given over the windows of its store on South Molton Street to different quotes and themes from the book. The event took place at Brasserie Vaudeville, across from the Bourse, with guests including Stefano Pilati, Martine Rose, Liam Hodges, Raf Simons, Benjamin Alexander Huseby, Serhat Isik, Lucie and Luke Meier, Charles Jeffrey and Lou Dalton.

The scene at the dinner 
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Pilati was looking natty in a white, illustrated Comme des Garcons shirt and a jacket of his own design, part of his newest clothing drop, set for Feb. 7. He said there’s a lot more tailoring in the upcoming delivery, and smiled as

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Myar Men’s Fall 2019

Andrea Rosso focused on repurposing the internal lining of military jackets this season, upcycling it into other forms. “We call this collection ‘Re_enforce’ because we give strength to something that did not exist before,” he said, citing as an example parka liners that became bombers.
“Every product is unique because it’s vintage,” continued Rosso, who chooses deadstock with which to work from warehouses. “We love to unstitch, restitch and to give another view of the garments.”
He sliced Belgian camouflage jackets in two, turning one part inside out before reconstructing the halves together and adding pockets for symmetry. Sweatshirts were reconstituted, too.
U.S. Air Force sweatpants were given the Myar logo on one side, with some dyed in pink, orange or light blue. Swiss military camouflage was dyed light blue, and on the jacket’s back a swatch of the original material was sewn on.
“This is somehow maintaining the past, but with a modern view of it,” Rosso said. He reworked numerous types of uniform pieces, such overpants, with pockets and reflective touches, to become urban trousers.
For the first season, Myar created various sized bags from scrap materials. “We tend to give a second life to everything that we can,” Rosso said.
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Jet Set Men’s Fall 2019

For Michael Michalsky, becoming creative director of Jet Set was like coming full circle. As a teenager growing up near the German city of Hamburg, he would take the train into town on Saturdays to window shop at the luxury sportswear brand’s store.
Eventually, he managed to buy one of its jackets on sale. That orange bomber jacket from 1984 has been reissued as part of Michalsky’s first collection for the St. Moritz-based label, which celebrates its 50th anniversary with a series of drops celebrating archival designs from its Eighties heyday.
“Jet Set during that time was in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy the non plus ultra luxury sportswear brand, basically. If I look back on it now, they created a segment that now every luxury brand really wants to get into,” he said.
“Ever since then I had a love affair with the brand, because I have always been very fascinated and very smitten by sportswear,” he added.
Jet Set couldn’t have dreamed of a better advocate for its revival. With a passionate eye for detail, Michalsky pointed out the technical details – many borrowed from U.S. military garb – on ripstop bomber jackets, heavyweight cotton T-shirts and performance ski suits.
Each drop will be

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Cerruti 1881 Men’s Fall 2019

Jason Basmajian stuck to urban territory for fall, familiar landscape for the label as he continues to fashion it as a modern and upscale option. He uses the term “elevated sportswear.”
“The cross-pollination between sportswear and tailoring has always been a very natural DNA to the house — I think we keep refining and detailing it down,” he said, speaking backstage before the show.
Down the runway, he sent a handsome, belted suit jacket in pinstripes, fetched from the archives and refined for a contemporary audience. In a sign he’s reaching to meet a lasting fixation with outerwear, the options multiplied as the show advanced: trenches, an exquisitely tailored windbreaker, a structured puffer coat for women and the finest leather jackets — one eye-catching bomber had a gathered leather waist and panels of silky fabric. Accessories held their ground, expanding even, to include a tablet case and a camera bag.
“It’s quite deceptively simple in a lot of ways,” Basmajian said, noting the workmanship and choice of fabrics behind the lineup, which in addition to the puffer offered more pieces for women.
Sabina Sciubba of the electronic dance group Brazilian Girls animated the show with a performance, singing in three languages.
New management led by

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Sean Suen Men’s Fall 2019

Sean Suen had a powerful storyline for fall, but the clothes also stood strong on their own.
He named the collection Ghost Town, after his childhood home of Fengdu in China, now covered by the waters of the Three Gorges Dam. The town still exists in his mind, which he continues to explore as a memory. To symbolize its gradual disappearance, Suen offered fraying edges and a fading gray color scheme on a simple, felted trouser and sweater set. For the move to higher ground, the model was equipped with an oversize, chunky knit bag in a silvery gray, slung over one shoulder, stretching down to skim the ankle.
In contrast was knitwear from childhood photographs, wavy stripes drawn on a collared sweater, in a hot-cold color palette of orange, mustard, gray and black.
Suen operates in elegant territory as reflected in this lineup, which proves especially relevant as men’s fashion edges upward. Sleek suits carried an element of deconstruction, a house signature, with a broad panel that cut across the chest diagonally, like a stiff blanket skewed to the side, but carrying certain elements of the jacket, like a breast pocket. One panel in black, quilted velvet jutted out further than usual,

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Kiton Men’s Fall 2019

“Respect” was one of the words spelled out on the walls of the Kiton showroom in Milan. “We must not forget where we come from,” said chief executive officer Antonio De Matteis. “I think too many are losing their way.”
To avoid that trap, Kiton’s core customer remains central to the brand and he is a global traveler—whether for business or pleasure. And that man needs a light, deconstructed suit that can be pulled out of a suitcase without any fuss. “Formal wear becomes smart casual clothing,” said De Matteis. One that comes with price tags that can reach between 30,000 and 50,000 euros in the case of soft vicuña jackets.
Exclusive fabrics continued to add new touches to Kiton’s staple Prince of Wales or houndstooth jackets. Four-ply cashmere jackets and hoodie shirts stood out, flanked by military styles similar to parkas with fur collars or reversible quilted jackets and a cashmere coat lined in weasel, nutria or mink combined with a double face garment with an extractable fleece lining.
Mariano and Walter De Matteis, the twin brothers and sons of the ceo, presented the third collection of their KNT line, which employs the same premium fabrics as Kiton but with a sportier

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Danshan Men’s Fall 2019

The creative duo known as Dan and Shan staged their intimate presentation in a shallow pool of water. Scrunched up satin arms trailed from the backs of shirts and extended from trouser legs. They were dragged through the water, and then wrung out from time to time.
Much like the shallow pool, the clothes were fluid, loose and relaxed. There were satin shirts in light steel or pale blue with oversize collars. Silk scarves came looped around the waist or tied at the neck.
As with seasons past, the designers continued to explore notions of gender-blending by playing with silhouettes. Trousers were cinched high on the waist. Some were flared while others were straight-leg. Tops were cut asymmetrically.
This season, they also played with textures: a green crinkled overcoat with buttons running down the back was a standout.

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Astrid Andersen Men’s Fall 2019

Andersen brought a Copenhagen chill to her collection, which unfolded in the vast outdoor courtyard of Broadgate Plaza, near Liverpool Street station. She certainly came prepared, placing little disposable glove warmers on each chair for guests, and sending out a lineup of cozy knits and plump fur coats — in addition to lots of pinstripes and hand-painted prints.
The designer said she wanted to fuse the idea of streetwear with classical tailoring and luxury fur, as the lines between catwalk and street have blurred beyond recognition.
She worked charcoal pinstripe fabric into karate-style suits, puffers and tracksuit bottoms sealed with reflective tape. Her long, swooshing pinstripe topcoats had a gangster-ish feel to them. That pairing of formal and sporty worked beautifully, although it remains to be seen what bank, law firm or judge will let those outfits through the door.
Andersen worked lots of color into the collection, too, via freeform, hand-painted prints on shirts and hoodies and a terrific lineup of knitwear, including cable-knit leggings for a cold January night, and boxy color-blocked sweaters in rich combinations including corn and mint green.
Color also came in the form of fat, luscious fur coats. They were long and silvery, hip-length and baby blue, or short

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John Lawrence Sullivan Men’s Fall 2019

In a dark tunnel in East London, designer Arashi Yanagawa brought punk and gothic rock alive again.
As the underground band Wild Daughter performed center stage, Yanagawa delivered a collection that let him revel in his ongoing obsession with music and subculture, filled with Nineties-inspired punk and rock references.
There was animal print and leather galore: Slim snakeskin pants were layered under a leopard-print tunic; trench coats came in glossy taupe or black leather; classic tailored suits were paired with corsets or see-through mesh tops, and leather jackets featured metal fringing.
Elsewhere, Yanagawa piled on the patterns and texture, layering snake and leopard-print separates with check coats or mixing matte and glossy leathers.
The rock star references and wet-hair, dishevelled look of the models had a whiff of Hedi Slimane and felt a little too nostalgic of a time long gone.
But Yanagawa’s expert tailoring, as in a range of roomy, big-shouldered coats in heritage fabrics, added a more contemporary spin — and showed that he has the potential to take his designs in new, more current directions.

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London Fashion Week Men’s Fall 2019: What to See, Eat and Where to Shop

LONDON — The first weekend in January is never an easy one, but London has the antidote, with a lineup of streetwear and luxury stores and restaurants serving everything from classic British to Taiwanese food, all of which will be open during London Fashion Week Men’s.

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END OF THE LINE: British property group Shaftesbury has expanded its retail portfolio, opening the first London outpost for the online men’s wear store, End. Occupying 9,000 square feet on the corner of Broadwick and Marshall Streets, the two-story glass-fronted space offers a range of collections from labels including Off-White, Gosha Rubchinskiy, Nike and Adidas Consortiums. The store, which already has units in Newcastle, England, and Glasgow, Scotland, features modern furnishings such as marble staircases and glass showcases.
End is part of a strategy by Shaftesbury to position Soho as a go-to destination for emerging brands. The company has been offering reasonable rents in the neighborhood, which is a few minutes’ walk from Oxford and Regent Streets. Shaftesbury has also helped to install Supreme, Palace, Carhartt and Dukes Cupboard, a multibrand retailer, in the neighborhood. Samantha Bain-Mollison, head of retail at Shaftesbury, has been driving the strategy. She describes End as “influential, with a renowned selection of directional and globally sourced men’s wear.” — Hannah Connolly
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Alexander McQueen Missing From Paris Men’s Week

SHOW BUSINESS: Big acts missing from the official schedule of Paris Men’s Week in January will include Alexander McQueen. The house plans to switch to a series of intimate events as its new presentation format, WWD has learned. The first will take place in London in May for the fall 2019 season. “Intrinsically connected to the bespoke tailoring heritage of Alexander McQueen men’s wear, these events will be central to the evolution of the house’s commitment to the championing of creativity, craftsmanship and innovation,” the brand said. The house moved to showing in Paris in June 2017 after having shown by appointment in Milan and London in previous seasons.
As expected, Lanvin, which recently parted ways with its men’s creative director Lucas Ossendrijver, is also missing from the lineup, according to the Chambre Syndicale which released its provisional schedule for the week on Friday.
Maison Margiela will also sit out the Paris men’s shows this season as it undergoes a strategic review under chief executive officer Riccardo Bellini, who joined the company in March. The house is believed to be aligning its men’s ready-to-wear collection more closely with its women’s line and Artisanal couture collection. Maison Margiela creative director John Galliano oversees

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Valentino RTW and Men’s Pre-Fall 2019

TOKYO — A day after unveiling a new retail concept at its Ginza flagship store, Valentino staged its first runway show in Japan since the Eighties, with creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli also showing women’s wear and men’s wear together for the first time.
“In Japan and in the world today, I don’t think you feel such a difference between genders,” the designer said. “It’s a different way of working, but the philosophy behind men and women I think is the same. So the clothes are different, a different wardrobe, but the values are the same.”
Piccioli drew on classic couture detailing for women and tailoring for men, but reimagined them in a more modern way that is more appropriate for every day.
“I didn’t want to do streetwear or daywear generically,” he said. “I wanted to get the identity of the house, but going into the street.”
The result was a pre-fall collection that struck a perfect balance between red-carpet drama and practicality. Many of the most iconic codes of Valentino could be found yet refreshed. Flowers, such as those that adorned the dress Marisa Berenson was photographed in for Vogue in 1968, showed up as tiny buds adorning a knit dress with rows

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Sheryl Lowe to Debut Men’s Jewelry Line Mr. Lowe

Sheryl Lowe has offered female consumers her surf culture-meets-rock ‘n’ roll jewelry for nearly a dozen years, and now the Southern California jeweler is launching her first men’s line, Mr. Lowe. Inspired by her husband, award-winning actor Rob Lowe, and the couple’s two sons, Matthew and John Owen, the line is both wearable and unabashedly masculine with some “bling appeal.”

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Mr. Lowe comprises neck chains, bracelets, wrist cuffs and rings. Incorporating global cultural influences and spiritual symbols, the collection is handcrafted in Lowe’s Santa Barbara studio from an array of materials such as sterling silver, sandalwood, black coral, hematite and pyrite, along with beads, stones, crystals and pavé diamonds.

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“I created Mr. Lowe for different types of men — the outdoorsman, adventure seeker, traveler, artist, and corporate cool guy,” explained Sheryl Lowe, whose signature style comes through Mr. Lowe with stackable layers creating a classic-meets-edgy look. “I love the balance of mixing metals and gemstones with natural wood, earthy African designs and shell beads. It brings out the cool in every guy.”
“I love my stacks of Mr. Lowe bracelets. They are my uniform; I wear them every day,” said Rob Lowe, whose favorite items also

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Burberry Men’s and Women’s Autumn/Winter 2019 Pre-Collection

Riccardo Tisci has just begun to make his mark on Burberry, so it’s no surprise that he’s traveling the path set out in September, doing women’s and men’s clothing for multiple generations and moments in the day.
Burberry’s chief creative officer said he wanted this collection to be a continuation of the story he began telling earlier this year. “I’m focusing on establishing our codes through archive prints, house colors and iconic outerwear, while cementing the new themes I set out last season.”
Tisci built on his beloved animal motifs: Gorilla faces stared out from T-shirts while unicorns galloped over a padded, silk shawl. A leopard collar curled around the neck of a Dalmatian print car coat while leather bridle straps, a nod to the old Burberry knight-on-horseback logo, adorned trenches and suit jackets. A faux patchwork shearling coat bowed to the house’s new anti-fur policy.
The new TB monogram, which Tisci unveiled earlier this year, was out in force, transformed into dark green camouflage for a hoodie, shorts and a cape, and in a more delicate iterations on scarves, satin skirts and silk blouses. The intertwined TB popped as a big logo on a punchy orange puffer vest, while a shadowy TB motif

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Mistergentleman Men’s Spring 2019

Takeshi Osumi and Yuichi Yoshii’s shows have come to be known as a highlight of Tokyo Fashion Week, and this season was no different. Since they began staging runway shows, they have honed their style so that each collection is fun and uplifting, and stylish with a hint of humor. The theme for spring was “vibrant,” which was clearly illustrated through their diverse color palette.
The designers layered sheer T-shirts over solid ones, sheer bomber jackets over button-down shirts, and sheer shorts over khaki ones. Bright neon trim appeared on the cuffs of dress shirts and at the back of trenchcoats, and panels of contrasting fabric were added to moto jackets and short-sleeved shirts. A series of color-blocked leggings and body-hugging jumpsuits in mixed prints were worn under more formal pieces such as blazers and toggle coats.
From socks with sporty drawcord tops to bags made by Outdoor Products, Karrimor and Speedo, the accessories rounded out the collection with fun and function.

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Berluti Men’s Spring 2019

While fellow designers Kim Jones at Dior and Virgil Abloh at Louis Vuitton were making splashy runway debuts in June, Kris Van Assche was quietly unveiling his first collection for Berluti to buyers in showroom appointments.
Editors discovered the collection this week, when it was presented in a temporary glass-walled pavilion designed by Jean Prouvé, set up on the Place de la Concorde in Paris to coincide with the FIAC contemporary art fair.
Designed as a prologue to his first runway show, scheduled for January, the capsule line reflected the mix of tailoring and sportswear that has been a trademark of Van Assche’s previous work, both at Dior men’s and for his own label.
Cropped-leg suits and white shirts, some with black leather patches, rubbed shoulders with smart cashmere blousons and hoodies, including one in paper-thin red lamb leather.
Van Assche used the Scritto, an 18th-century manuscript motif that normally appears on Berluti shoes, in a variety of guises: as a graphic black print on a white T-shirt, a multicolored pattern on a black shirt, or tone-on-tone jacquard accents on a cream tuxedo.
The house’s trademark patina appeared as a blue and red colorway deployed across clothing — such as a cashmere and silk crewneck

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EXCLUSIVE: Givenchy to Return to Paris Men’s Wear Calendar in January

DIFFERENT STROKES: At least one major brand is battling the tide of coed shows.
After switching to joint women’s and men’s displays following the arrival of Clare Waight Keller as artistic director in 2017, Givenchy has decided to switch back to the men’s wear fashion calendar for the fall 2019 season, WWD has learned.
The French fashion house will stage a presentation on Jan. 16 during Paris Men’s Fashion Week, before returning to the runway in June, it said in a statement.
Waight Keller, whose coed spring collection was inspired by the gender-fluid style of Swiss writer Annemarie Schwarzenbach, will continue to show women and men side by side in her ready-to-wear and haute couture shows, the brand said. Her campaigns for the house have portrayed both genders in mirror-image pairs.
“Granting men’s wear a dedicated platform starting from January reflects the house’s support of Clare Waight Keller’s vision for the brand,” Givenchy said.
The move comes at a time when a growing number of brands are opting to present women’s and men’s wear at the same time. Celine and Maison Margiela staged their first coed shows this season, while brands including Stella McCartney, Balenciaga, Haider Ackermann and Sonia Rykiel featured models of both sexes

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Rabd Men’s Spring 2019

Name: Rabd
Main message: According to its profile, this brand aims to make “clothing that adds colors and [an] uplifting feeling for everyday life,” but you would never guess it from its spring collection. Designer Kanya Miki, a former assistant to John Galliano, showed a severe collection in shades of black, white and gray. He paired wide-legged, extralong pants with motorcycle jackets or a variety of T-shirts, some with asymmetric lines. While designed for men, the offering was shown on models of both genders to demonstrate its versatility.
The result: Rabd’s first runway outing showed a cohesive and consistent collection, but the looks were so similar that it often seemed they were being repeated over and over.

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Madewell Just Dropped a Men’s Collection Filled With Great Basics

It was a long time coming: Madewell, a brand synonymous with great denim and well-made basics, has finally dropped a collection for guys. Cue the (deserved) fanfare.

To fashion history nerds, this isn’t necessarily a new venture. Madewell was originally a men’s workwear brand that started in 1937, though was repurposed as a women’s label in 2004. Finally, after two years of design, research and fine-tuning, the brand launched a menswear line that’s perfect for upgrading your wardrobe with some really well-designed and stylish staples.

The drop features plenty of denim (21 styles in three fits), tees and jackets. It’s available starting today both at Madewell and at Nordstrom. Check out our picks below.

Madewell Brooklyn Graphic T-Shirt

Celebrate New York City’s iconic borough with a super soft cotton tee. Wear with dark wash denim or throw it on with a pair of sweats.

[$ 42; nordstrom.com]

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Madewell Slim Straight Fit Jeans

These stretchy jeans are designed to feel so comfortable, you won’t mind lounging in them after a long day. 

[$ 128; nordstrom.com]

 

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Madewell Classic Denim Jacket

A vintage-inspired denim jacket is bound to rack up miles in your wardrobe. This classic style is decidedly timeless, yet the lived-in faded black looks great paired with tees and hoodies.

[$ 128; nordstrom.com]

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Madewell Cotton Hoodie

You can truly never have too many hoodies. This one is made with soft cotton and has a structured (not sloppy) fit that makes it a great option to wear just about anywhere.

[$ 110; nordstrom.com]

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Madewell Slim Fit Selvedge Jeans

This slim cut pair looks smart, but the distressing gives it that rugged “lived-in” vibe.

[$ 158; nordstrom.com]

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EXCLUSIVE: Dior to Stage First Men’s Pre-Fall Runway Show in Tokyo

PARIS — In the latest sign that Dior is beefing up its men’s business, the French fashion house plans to stage its first men’s pre-fall runway show with a collection designed by Kim Jones scheduled to bow in Tokyo on Nov. 30, WWD has learned exclusively.
The choice of location reflects not just the brand’s long-term relationship with the country, but also the British designer’s fondness for Japan and the strategic importance of the Asian market.
The show will coincide with a Dior men’s pop-up at department store Isetan in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district, set to open on Nov. 28 for two weeks, that will carry the first collection designed by Jones. The capsule line for summer 2019 will simultaneously go on sale at the Dior flagship in Ginza ahead of its global launch on Dec. 1.
Jones told WWD in July the capsule would include denim pieces embroidered with Dior’s signature bee, as reimagined by U.S. artist Kaws, whose real name is Brian Donnelly, who also designed a monumental floral sculpture for the designer’s debut Dior show in Paris in July.
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John Elliott Men’s and Women’s Spring 2019

John Elliott brought a healthy dose of California to New York City for his spring show, taking over a skate park on the Hudson River to drive home the inspiration for the season: Los Angeles. With the 90-plus-degree heat and blazing sun, it was L.A. at its most extreme.
The designer did his best to make attendees comfortable on their colorful milk-crate seats by providing cold water or juice and portable fans. But most faces were shiny with sweat by the time his celebrity guests arrived: LeBron James and Justin Bieber, the latter arriving hand-in-hand with fiancée Hailey Baldwin and grooving to the soundtrack.
Elliott considered his hometown “the most authoritative story” he could tell this season. “Not the stereotypical, glitzy, Hollywood L.A.,” he noted, “but the real neighborhoods — that’s my truth.”
It shone through in its casual vibe and the seamless blend of streetwear and athletic references. Elliott also showed a new maturity by offering up a blend of technical materials and varying silhouettes that took inspiration from different eras to create a never-ending youthful vibe.
His L.A. inspiration was obvious in the slightly oversize shorts and jackets that he emblazoned with a colorful bougainvillea print — a bit out of character

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The best men’s sweaters of fall 2017

Need to stay warm and cozy this fall, but still want to look cool and breezy?

No sweat.

We’ve rounded up nine of the season’s best sweaters: cable-knit and turtleneck, cashmere and fitness-friendly. (And fine, even if a few of them are technically sweatshirts, we’ve got you covered for every occasion.)

1. Painted Hills Crew by Pendleton

A classic Pendleton design, in monochromatic splendor. This won’t ever go out of style. Shown in red. ($ 139, pendleton-usa.com)

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2. Serape Pullover by Chamula

An authentic design from the mountains of Mexico—and knitted by its indigenous artisans—this sweater is like a cozy souvenir from our beloved neighbors. Shown in navy. ($ 275, chamulaoriginal.com)

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3. The Iconic Wool Rollneck by Polo Ralph Lauren

It’s a turtleneck, but it’s not a turtleneck. It’s a high-neck sweater, and you’re going to look so crispy at Thanksgiving dinner wearing this Italian-blend classic. Shown in brown. ($ 225, ralphlauren.com)

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4. Men U Long-Sleeve Sweatshirt by Uniqlo

It doesn’t get simpler—or cheaper!—than this. You’ll wear it before bed, while making breakfast, as a thermal layer, to the movies, to the grocery store, to dinner, to the gym (wash it after, please), and every place in-between. Shown in gray. ($ 29.90, uniqlo.com)

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5. Round-neck Merino Jumper by COS

Your wardrobe demands a black sweater, and this one works in situations both casual and formal. It’s a staple, and not too costly. Best of all, merino is a natural sweat-wicking material, so you won’t overheat or soak in your own swampiness. Shown in black. ($ 99, cosstores.com)

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6. Övik Folk Knit Sweater by Fjallraven

You can’t wear this to an ugly sweater party. Quite the opposite, really: It’s a beautiful pattern with complementary colors—to one another, and to you. Shown in dark navy. ($ 150, fjallraven.us)

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7. Striped Cashmere Crew by Vince

If you’re looking for an investment piece, you absolutely cannot go wrong with buttery soft cashmere in an easy-to-match pattern. Be ready for others to get cozy with you: It’s so smooth that they’ll be patting your shoulders for good luck. (Good thing you’ve been doing our sweater-weather workout, right?) Shown in black/breeze. ($ 385, vince.com)

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8. Men’s Crew Neck Wool Cable Knit Effect Sweater by Lacoste

The croc says “preppy,” but the ribbed sweater is more universal—wear it to a dive bar and you’ll turn heads for how fly you look, not because you’re out of place. (You’re not. So roll back the sleeves and crack the cue ball.) Shown in Turkey Red 2 Mouline. ($ 185, lacoste.com)

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9. Range Crew Golf Sweater by Nike

You needn’t be a golfer to pull this off. It’s just cozy enough to golf in—but also to wear to the little league basketball game, a casual dinner, or a brisk morning jog. Shown in black. (On Sale $ 59.97, nike.com)

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Parke & Ronen Men’s Spring 2019

Leave it to Parke & Ronen to transport tired, hot New Yorkers to a beach in Malibu on a Tuesday afternoon in July.
“It’s all about L.A., baby,” said codesigner Parke Lutter backstage before the show.
He and Ronen Jehezkel trotted out a lovely array of pastel colors, floral prints and retro graphic stripes on swimwear, coverups and short-sleeve sweaters.
“We threw in a little Eighties vibe — we were listening to the Go-Go’s,” Lutter said, adding that the silhouette this season was classic but modernized with a little higher waist and more of a boxy feel.
The sheer shirts and pajama sets spoke of the leisurely lifestyle while the sleeveless hooded sweatshirts pushed a more athletic vibe.
With a soundtrack that included Lady Gaga’s “Boys, Boys, Boys” and Rod Stewart’s “Do You Think I’m Sexy,” Parke & Ronen proved that even after 21 years, they can still get a crowd energized while building on a successful business.

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Sundae School Men’s Spring 2019

What is smokewear? According to Dae Lim, who designs Sundae School, it’s a category of clothing that’s not confined to weed smokers but supportive of recreational weed smoking in subtle and overt ways.
Lim grew up in Seoul, where marijuana usage is still illegal, but came to the U.S. 11 years ago and was introduced to it as a teen. After studying math at Harvard, he joined McKinsey & Co. as a consultant but decided that wasn’t the environment for him and got a job at VFiles as the head of growth. He used his resources there to create Sundae School, which is a year old and started out with mostly graphic T-shirts and dad hats emblazoned with stoner puns. But for his spring 2019 collection, he expanded on his original proposition with a proper apparel collection that’s titled Ddul-Sunbi — ddul is a slang term teens in Korea use for weed and sunbi means scholar.
He imagined a world where scholars explored weed and collaborated with South Korean illustrator Yeonbun on a graphic depicting that scenario. He also looked to hanbok, traditional Korean dress, to present a neutral lineup of casual but refined clothing. Models wore mostly leisure suits that consisted of lightweight poly jackets with tie

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Gustav von Aschenbach Men’s Spring 2019

In its third season, Robert Geller’s Gustav von Aschenbach seems to be finally developing its own identity.
Although a younger and more fun offshoot of the designer’s main line, the collection still has Geller’s signature, with its traditional boxy silhouettes, washed cotton fabrics and saturated tones.
But G.V.A., as the line is now being called, has more of a streetwear edge. The use of logos, slogans and appliquéd photographs spoke to Geller’s love of Swiss graphic design and typography — as evidenced by the word Basel used on garments throughout.
“The G.V.A. kid is evolving into a young artist, who expresses himself through individualistic, self-confident clothes,” Geller said.
Some of this artistic expression shone through in a creative casting mix of models and New York street dancers that added a jolt of energy and fun to the show.
Among the highlights was an array of light outerwear, from trenchcoats and cropped field jackets to utility varsities. Embellished with the graphic details, these became one-of-a-kind pieces.
Geller’s ability to create a younger alter-ego allows him to channel trendier and more of-the-now pieces. But coupled with his more romantic and mature Robert Geller collection, these two sides of his personality seem perfectly aligned.

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Nick Graham Men’s Spring 2019

Nick Graham’s space odyssey continued for spring with a collection titled “1969.” He called it “one of the most transformational years in our history, a year that had both the first landing on the moon by Apollo 11 and also Woodstock, both of which were pretty transformative events in our culture.”
A rocket-shaped 1959 Cadillac Cyclone concept car — the only one made and dispatched from the company’s archives in Detroit — was parked on the runway and served as the perfect backdrop for the zesty show.
It opened with a troupe of boys dancing in “Martian in Training” T-shirts, followed by a parade of traditional sartorial clothing that was super fitted to the body with cropped blazers and tapered pants. Metallic bomber jackets with NASA logos set the tone for an array of intergalactic references that included alien faces printed on shirts and atomic symbols on the breast pockets of suit jackets.
In addition to the suits— which were offered in colorful, shiny solids and exaggerated men’s wear classic patterns — Graham introduced a lot more casualwear, including logo hoodies and sweat pants.
Although Graham’s obsession with space travel is nothing new, it continues to provide a fun story line and an uplifting

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The best men’s grooming gift ideas

Grooming products are the unsung heroes of the holiday season.

They’re as utilitarian as it gets, and no guy is going to complain about looking and feeling better—the benefits are immediate and visible.

So, let us help you help him: If you want to gift him something impressive, browse our favorite products of 2017.

1. For the essence

If you want to start him on a new scent, Cartier’s L’Envol de Cartier Eau de Parfum is an obvious choice: It’s woody with a pinch of honey and musk to keep things sweet but broody (from $ 90, cartier.com). Alternatively, stick an Old Spice Classic Solid Deodorant (from $ 4, oldspice.com) in his stocking, too, for a scent that masks his natural musk but won’t overpower the cologne.

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2. For the beard

Everything he needs for his beard—except the trimmer—is in the “Man Sack” from Tiny Kitchen Soap Co: balm to tame flyaways and style, oil to soften the hairs and skin, and mustache wax for a fancy twizzle ($ 34.99, tinykitchensoap.co). For the detailing (or for scruff, if he wants a clean trim), snag Conair Man’s 13-piece All-In-One Grooming System—it even has a nose- and ear-hair trimming attachment ($ 19.99, conair.com)

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3. For the face

Any facial creams or serums from Lab Series’ Max LS line are the grooming equivalent of a gold label. The Maxellence Singular Cream ($ 160) is made from meteorite extract (really) to reverse aging, the Matte Renewal Lotion ($ 63) helps reduce shine while it nourishes skin, and Instant Eye Lift ($ 52) is the stocking stuffer for the guy who couldn’t sleep while anticipating his morning haul.

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4. For the body

Few bar soaps compare in size and effectiveness to Duke Cannon’s Big Ass Brick of Soap, and it’s no surprise we like the ones named “Naval Supremacy,” “Big Ass Beer Soap,” and “Big American Bourbon Soap” ($ 9, dukecannon.com). They smell incredible, and a six-pack ($ 33) might last till next year’s holidays. If you’re gifting for a body wash-loving guy, get him the Lqd Body Wash and Coffee Scrub Gift Pack. The body wash boasts coffee extract, aloe, jojoba, and avocado oil to keep skin soft while banishing dirt and grime, while the scrub rejuvenates and sloughs off dead skin. Together, they’re a match made in heaven. ($ 50 for 500ml body wash and 150g scrub, lqd.co)

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5. For the bare face

If you want to go all out, get him the RAZR Pro Lather Machine ($ 263.92, andis.com) that builds a barbershop-caliber lather—and a hot one, too—for the smoothing, soothing-est shave. You’ll also want to pick up the shave concentrate that goes with it—it goes a long way (from $ 10.79 on overstock.com). As for blades, start him on a Harry’s subscription, so that he gets top-shelf blades and cream, replenished at healthy (that is, hygienic) intervals (from $ 3 per month, harrys.com).

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6. For the hands

The new kid to the U.S. market comes straight from the Holy Land: Maapilim’s Hand Cream ($ 27, maapilim.com) uses ingredients from the Dead Sea to soothe your mitts and to retire dead skin while letting your healthy cells float to the top. (Plus, it has a scintillating bergamot-and-vetiver scent.) Ursa Major’s Perfect Zen Body Lotion ($ 26, ursamajorvt.com) is a super-natural healer as much as it is a body soother. (But use it for both!)

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7. For the teeth

Goby’s All-Black Brush Kit ($ 60 with subscription, goby.co) will keep teeth pearly white, and a quarterly subscription (once every three months) will ensure a new brush head arrives at hygienic, ADA-endorsed intervals. The kit comes with a brush, head, charger, hygienic stand, and head cover. Plus: It’s sleek as hell.

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Nihl Men’s Spring 2019

In his New York show, Neil Grotzinger of Nihl, the LVMH Prize finalist, broke traditional rules of masculinity with a collection that centered around bending the rules of those in authority.
He took police officers, football players and Wall Street brokers and turned their wardrobes on their head by “exploring the qualities of borderline ephemerality and downright queerness,” according to the liner notes.

A clear example was a pair of football pants made from fine white silk he paired with a handmade chain mail tank top. An authentic crinkled painter’s tarp — black on one side, green on the other with drawstrings included — was reinterpreted as pants and a top.

Grotzinger’s use of elaborate embroidery techniques appeared as embellishments on several pieces, including the sleeves of sheer tops and a sliced-open basketball short.

The use of revealing cutouts and jock straps throughout the collection added a level of eroticism while enhancing the masculinity of the offering.

“The concepts of masculinity can be very restrictive and I like to break the conformity of that,” Grotzinger said.

In this debut, Grotzinger gained a lot of attention by breaking the rules — in the right way.

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Jahnkoy Men’s Spring 2019

Maria Jahnkoy, whose real name is Maria Kazakova, is Siberian and studied at Central Saint Martins and Parsons, has received a lot of support from the industry with her brand narrative, which is centered on preserving traditional craftsmanship and reworking it for a new generation.
She was shortlisted for the 2017 LVMH Prize and has found fans in consultant Julie Gilhart and Bruce Pask, the men’s fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus. Kazakova also has the support of Puma, Swarovski and the CFDA’s Elaine Gold Launch Pad program.
Her goal has always been to connect larger companies with local artisans, but with the extra help she’s been able to expand on that and bring more makers from Brooklyn and India into the mix. The show, which was more like a theatrical art project, was a collective effort as well. Titled “Deceived: No More,” the performance explored how the fashion industry impacts cultural identity. The presentation, which was choreographed by Nathan Trice, was broken up into three parts: chaos, unification and order. Much like her previous presentations, she made the runway mimic a chaotic city street that was dotted with orange cones and caution signs — one read “Separation is No

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N. Hoolywood Men’s Spring 2019

This season, the N. Hoolywood designer Daisuke Obana delivered a lineup inspired by Native American artist T.C. Cannon, whose work he discovered during a recent trip to Arizona.
“The lines and the bold colors in the artist’s paintings were what drew me to them,” he said backstage, pointing to an array of blanket-like pieces, often paired with matching oversize shorts. This graphic inspiration was seen in everything from cropped bomber jackets and knitwear with fringe across the chest to oversize pants.
An added surprise was Obana’s collaboration with sportswear brand Umbro. It spanned logo T-shirts, long-sleeved soccer jerseys and elongated coats adorned with oversize Umbro logos done up in bright colors with vertical lines that tied back to Cannon’s paintings.
With their mix of deconstruction and surprising proportions, Obana’s Japanese silhouettes seamlessly blended the worlds of artisanal and active sport.

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Abasi Rosborough Men’s Spring 2019

In their sophomore showing during New York Fashion Week: Men’s, Abdul Abasi and Greg Rosborough explored a desert phantom theme that referenced a variety of vanishing cultures and tribes.
The design duo paraded a diverse range, from kimono-inspired jackets and coats and fitted cargo pants to Navajo-printed parkas. The color palette included deep burgundies and burnt orange that brought an Eastern sensibility to the forefront, while a flowing white section telegraphed the desert inspiration. “We even looked at ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’” Rosborough noted.
A wrinkled cotton hybrid poncho with matching head scarf and an ethereal topcoat in the same fabric also drove the desert theme home. Likewise, a Tencel linen that was frayed to look old — employed for bomber jackets and coats — reinforced that worn-in traveler vibe.
With this effort, Abasi Rosborough continues to make its mark in men’s fashion. “We’ve seen an exodus of big designers this week, but we look at it as an opportunity for new designers to step forward,” Rosborough said.

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Sandro Plans for Larger, Coed Stores as Men’s Turns 10

PARIS — There likely won’t be any iconic product launches or extravagant parties, but Sandro Homme is marking its 10th anniversary this year and has expansion plans that call for larger, coed stores.
“I am not really into celebrations,” said the label’s designer Ilan Chetrite, who added the men’s line of his parents’ budding apparel business a decade ago. It now sits in the SMCP Group alongside Paris brands Maje and Claudie Pierlot, controlled by the China-based Shandong Ruyi Group.
Chetrite, who relays his views firmly but with a soft-spoken demeanor, explained he has never been one to throw birthday parties.
“However, I thought it would be a bit selfish not to celebrate Sandro Homme’s 10 years because it’s a project, the work of a team, it’s a lot of energy and I would like to pay homage to the work that has been accomplished so far,” he added. “We’re having little celebrations, but nothing too ostentatious.”
Sandro turned to graphic artists at the agency Atelier Franck Durand to make posters for store windows in Paris that read, in French, “J’ai dix ans,” which means “I am 10 years old.” The statement is a nod to a song by French Eighties pop star Alain

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Head of State Men’s Spring 2019

For his first runway show, Nigerian-born designer Taofeek Abijako, took inspiration from Afrofuturism and paraded a lineup with a distinct Seventies feel. 
Cue an array of high-waisted cropped and flared pants, fitted sweatshirts and message T-shirts.
The standouts were the flared pants, worn with matching boots, which gave it a New York Seventies vibe. 
Head of State is now part of Groupe, a distribution umbrella formed by James and Gwendolyn Jurney of Seize sur Vingt, which manages and nurtures independent designers and brands. Abijako was the first brand chosen, allowing him to focus strictly on creating the collection while Groupe provides the funding for samples and production.     

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Bode Men’s Spring 2019

Aaron Aujla, owner of Green River Project, a furniture and interiors firm, was Emily Bode’s primary reference point this season. She met Aujla in New York and they’ve previously worked together on other projects. (He’s created all of the furniture for Bode’s presentations.)
For her collection, Bode drew from Aujla’s lineage. His family is from India, but he grew up in British Columbia. Bode has always outsourced her embroidery and embellishment work in India, but this season she worked with more Indian textiles that had historical significance. She made suits from Khadi towels, an Indian fabric and developed another suit from India’s government subsidized mill prints.
Bode said the Khadi fabric has a connection to Mahatma Gandhi’s self-reliance movement, which urged Indians to bring weaving back into the home as opposed to buying these goods from other countries.
Highlights included a white fringed button-up shirt made of chenille, a pair of floral print high-waisted pants constructed from curtain fabric, and a bright yellow matching set printed with a village motif that consisted of a crepe de chine shirt and duchesse-satin pants.
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Ricardo Seco Men’s Spring 2019

The 50th anniversary of the Mexico City Olympics served as the jumping off point for Ricardo Seco’s spring men’s collection.

The designer used stripes and optical illusions along with the late Sixties font and Olympics rings to pay homage to the 1968 Games. These graphics showed up in bombers, T-shirts and track pants that Seco reimagined in bright colors or vibrant black and white.

More contemporary visual elements such as cell phones and skates were used as accents inside jackets while the current immigration crisis was referenced by large DACA lettering on T-shirts and socks. Seco also went back to the beginning of the Black Power movement by using the now-famous fist symbol on tops.

The overall vibe of the collection felt upbeat despite the political references.

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Reconstruct Collective Men’s Spring 2019

Reconstruct Collective, consisting of five female designers, began out of necessity. After learning that the Willem de Kooning Academy wasn’t able to put on a fashion show for its graduating class, students banded together to organize their own show. And in order to raise money for the show, they needed to form a business with the chamber of commerce. Because they worked so well together, Laura Aanen, Alyssa Groeneveld, Kim Kivits, Michelle Lievaart and Sanne Verkleij decided to start a collective shortly after graduating. Now three collections in, the Amsterdam-based company opted to show in New York, which Groeneveld said made sense for the brand, which caters to the youth.
For spring the unisex line was based on a fictional place called Planet Re-4 and the fictional characters that live there. The lineup, which Groeneveld said falls between streetwear and couture, was made up of reconstructions of sporty pieces. They presented cropped bubble vests and matching miniskirts, wide-leg nylon pants decorated with multiple drawstrings or reflective material, cropped tank tops with the Re-4 logo and jackets made from strips of fabric. The waistbands displayed a graphic Reconstruct logo. They also reconfigured Converse tracksuits and pieces from The New Originals, an Amsterdam-based

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Public School Men’s Spring 2019

Call it Public School part two.
On the final night of New York Fashion Week: Men’s, the streetwear-skewed brand held a party and presentation at a space on Howard Street in Chinatown with its theme kept under wraps until the doors opened.
“This is our space,” said Dao-Yi Chow, who designs the label with Maxwell Osborne. “This will be our first retail store and this is a soft launch of the space.”
Throughout the location were mannequins dressed in the new collection — although Chow said the description “needs an asterisk by ‘new.’ Everything is recycled, upcycled or dead stock,” he said, and is intended to represent our new philosophy.”
While the philosophy may be new, the lineup revisited the duo’s greatest hits.
They revisited collaborations with like-minded brands including Eileen Fisher, whose dead-stock silks became striped pajama-inspired ensembles; Levi’s, whose vintage denim was reworked into cropped trucker jackets, and Alpha Industries military fabrics made into sleek outerwear.
“It’s very much the foundation and our past and then looking into the future,” Osborne added.
The collection reflected that with a clear example being a supersharp black suit with built-in cargo pockets and statement zippers. A short-sleeve jumpsuit — also part of their DNA — was so elegant

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Todd Snyder Men’s Spring 2019

Todd Snyder closed New York Fashion Week: Men’s on a high note, sending out a feel-good collection full of bright colors and a youthful attitude that he titled “The American Tourist.”
“I played a lot with a mix of sartorial and campy references,” he said backstage before the show, where truffle popcorn and beer was served.
The opening look set the tone for the collection: a yellow T-shirt with a photo of a Waffle House that was taken by folk rocker Gerry Beckley of the group America. A series, all shot by the musician, are to make their debut for spring.
Snyder, the king of collaborations, unveiled other partnerships at the show including a line of terry-cloth bucket hats with Kangol, high-top tie-dye sneakers with Novesta, and perhaps the most striking, archival Hawaiian prints from Reyn Spooner that he used most successfully on an updated suit. “It’s the modern leisure suit,” he said.
His longtime partnership with Champion was also on display in bomber jackets, paneled sweatshirts and underwear. It even appeared as a side stripe on a plaid patterned suit.
Another play on the Americana theme came with the introduction of a new logo — “Snyder’s” in retro block letters — that he used

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Romeo Hunte Men’s Spring 2019

Romeo Hunte didn’t make any friends in his men’s runway debut in New York. His choice of a site away from the other venues and the complete chaos in the lobby of the Dream Downtown Hotel with hundreds of people attempting to access elevators to get to the rooftop site was bad enough. The fact that his team couldn’t get its act together to start his show until nearly an hour after it was planned had everyone eyeing the exits before the first look came out.
Once the show finally started, it was clear that Hunte had an underwater sports adventure as his overriding theme. He used neoprene from diving wetsuits that he reimagined as performance vests in bright colors and cropped jackets with exaggerated necklines.

Camo prints in cargo pants and bombers and the use of safety orange enhanced the streetwear flair. But while the line showed some promise, there were several missteps, including poorly executed tailoring and some unfortunate sequined embellished sweatshirts. But apart from that, the collection was youthful and carefree.

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Death to Tennis Men’s Spring 2019

Summertime was the prevailing theme for William Watson and Vincent Oshin, the duo behind Death to Tennis. The designers, who are both British, were feeling nostalgic and a bit homesick so they looked to old beachside photographs to inform their lineup, which they said is one of their most colorful collections to date.
They leaned into the old and new, utilizing a color palette consisting of royal blue, purple, yellow, olive red and navy that brought to mind Ralph Lauren and Cross Colours from the Nineties.
These colors lent new life to core items such as graphic T-shirts, hoodies and the McCarthy jacket, which Justin Bieber popularized. They showed these signatures alongside cargo pants with minimal pockets, boxy button-up shirts, cotton parkas and shirt jackets. A long, hooded, colorblocked parka that grazed the ground was a standout.
The suit or matching set was another primary component. Models wore tracksuits, relaxed cotton suits and boxy shirts styled with slightly baggy pants. It was a nice take on tailored pieces that felt hip but not too trendy.
Death to Tennis is known for its original prints and this season it presented a camo pattern, a polo motif and a paint-splattered print.
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Kenneth Nicholson Men’s Spring 2019

Kenneth Nicholson pulls from a varied bag of interests. The Houston native is as motivated by 18th-century dress as he is by outfits from “Soul Train” and military uniforms — after attending the Academy of Art in San Francisco, Nicholson spent a one-year stint in the Navy before he was honorably discharged. But his overall interest is in expanding the boundaries of men’s wear.
“Historically, men haven’t been restricted to just a shirt and pants. They’ve had more options,” Nicholson said. “I like to edify people and shake things up.”
He divided his collection into three chapters. The first chapter was a stark white, which Nicholson said was void of color to express sadness. Models wore cotton and linen long-sleeved shirtdresses with subtle swing hems, white lace shirts paired with cream high-waisted pants, and a brocade jacket with an exaggerated lapel coupled with a matching skirt. References to royalty were sprinkled throughout the lineup. Some models wore sashes, others wore crowns and a couple of the more structured, beaded looks with mock necks, nipped waists and peplums, which were highlights from the collection, brought to mind regalness.
The second chapter, which signaled better memories and featured more color, was the strongest. Nicholson doubled

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Eidos Men’s Spring 2019

It’s a new day for Eidos.
The “younger cousin” of Italian luxury brand Isaia showcased its first full spring collection designed by Simon Spurr, who named creative director of the line last November, at an event at its Madison Square office Tuesday night. The lineup was called — appropriately — Contrast, which spoke to Spurr’s seamless integration of the company’s Neapolitan tailoring roots with what he described as “undertones of British punk.”
The English-born Spurr said, “Each season there will be a tailoring spine and then I’ll wrap something around the tailoring.”
This time around, that translated into Hawaiian-printed short-sleeve shirts, pink fringed suede jackets, indigo tie-dye jean jackets and Breton striped linen sweaters. Even the windowpane patterned suits were modernized. “We’ve done them in a younger way, printed them, they’re a little more graphic,” he said. Ditto for the silhouette, which was slim and youthful.
Isaia launched Eidos as a stand-alone brand in 2013, but Spurr’s addition has managed to elevate the label with an international point of view.

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Theory Men’s Spring 2019

Well-known for his take on creating timeless wardrobe pieces with a cool minimalistic twist, Theory’s Martin Andersson’s spring collection keeps building on the same principles it has for the few past seasons: mobility and innovation. 
“We asked ourselves, who is the Theory guy, and concluded that he’s into travel,” Andersson said at the brand’s spring presentation.
A capsule collection focusing on the idea of mobility and travel — packable seam-sealed blazers, travel Mac coats, water-resistant shirts and even a tracksuit — were all designed to be worn from the office straight to the airport.
Andersson has a knack for giving wardrobe staples a cool, minimalist élan via color and cut. His spring palette spanned forest greens, navy, khaki and bright pops of electric yellow and pink that were inspired from Dan Flavin’s light installations at Dia: Beacon.
A standout were the khaki pieces, such as khaki chinos with a contrast waistband paired with a bright pink sweater — a perfect blend of casual and sporty.

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Men’s fashion week kicks off in New York

Menswear designers showcase their offerings for Spring 2019 in New York, including wearable art, pants with a twist. Elly Park reports.


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The best men’s fragrances to warm up winter

Like your go-to cocktails and your go-to outerwear, the fragrance you wear in winter should harmonize with the weather.

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9 men’s grooming habits to start the new year

A grooming resolution covers many bases: skin, hair, facial hair, hygiene, teeth, and more (just as a fitness resolution has all sorts of objectives, like cardio, lifting, and core work).

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Most stylish men’s smartwatches of 2018

One of the easiest ways to look better instantly is to dress up your wrist with a timepiece that looks and performs like you do.

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The best men’s antiperspirants of 2018

It seems like we dudes are always sweating, whether we’re at the gym or just sitting at the office doing absolutely nothing rigorous. We sweat on the commute to work. We sweat when we step inside and our bodies adjust to cooler temps. We sweat when we accidentally run a red light, or when we’re cooking dinner over the stove.

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The best men’s shampoos of 2018

Every guy has his own unique hair problems—it’s thinning, it’s too curly, it’s graying, it’s parched, the scalp is flaking, there’s no hair at all, and so forth.

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The Best Men’s Colognes of Summer 2018

Maybe it’s absurd, but we like to think of your favorite men’s summer fragrances as seasoning. If you put on too much, or the wrong garnish altogether, you’ve compromised the integrity of the dish. And in this case, you’re the dish, and the fragrance you wear is your salt, pepper, and Sriracha sauce.

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The Best Men’s Fragrances of Spring 2018

Every guy has a year-round go-to scent, but there’s no better season than spring to start fresh. Now is the time to stow any spicy, overly woody colognes that envelop you during the colder, dreary months—and replace them with something uplifting (and floral, and citrusy).

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5 Men’s Hairstyle Trends You Should Try in 2018

If you’re looking to buck tradition and try a new hairstyle this year (besides the overdone high-and-tight), there are plenty of ways to mix up your style without steering too far from the norm.

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Curling Champions! U.S. Men’s Curling Team Wins First Ever Team USA Gold In Huge Upset

The U.S. Men’s curling team may just be the newest representation of a “miracle on ice.” The team, led by John Shuster, became the first ever USA team to bring home an Olympic gold medal in Men’s C…


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The 2018 men’s Olympic hockey tournament gets underway Wednesday, but you might not recognize too many names on the Pyeongchang ice. Chris Peters looks at players to watch, including some intriguing prospects.
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Raf Simons Men’s Fall 2018

Raf Simons set up his own interpretation of a Flemish still-life painting — an opulent tableaux of fruits, red wine, loaves of bread and impressive flower arrangements — as the backdrop for his fall collection, titled “Youth in Motion.”
His inspiration this season was “Christiane F.,” the 1981 cult film directed by Uli Edel about the dangers and realities of drug addiction. “I thought he was going to put some pictures on T-shirts,” Edel said. “I didn’t realize the whole show was based on the film. It was a long time ago.”
Indeed. But Simons modernized the theatrical production by juxtaposing it with a driving techno soundtrack and colorful laser lights for that rave feel he loves so well.
The opening look — a boxy plaid coat with contrasting yellow lining over a deconstructed turtleneck with draping side panels and ultrafitted satin cargo pants — served to introduce his new silhouette.
The abundant tailored offering mirrored that silhouette with oversize blazers and skinny pants accessorized with elbow-high latex gloves.
While the theme of the show may have been dark, the use of bright colors including red, yellow, tangerine orange and purple helped to soften the mood.
Drug references surfaced both subtly, as patches on scarves and

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Nick Graham Men’s Fall 2018

Name: Nick Graham
Main message: Leave it to Nick Graham to break with the status quo. Instead of staging a traditional runway show or presentation, he took over The Manderley, a “small, dark and smoky” nightclub at the McKittrick Hotel for an intimate musical performance. As lead singer, Graham sang five self-penned songs from his upcoming album “Soundtracks From Films Never Made.” The band and staff were dressed in pieces from Graham’s fall collection, Metropolis, which featured lots of patterns including exploded windowpanes, graphic plaids and an overall retro sensibility. “It feels more dressed up,” he said. The brand’s new graphic underwear and hosiery were also on display.
The result: In a world in which experiential marketing is the new buzzword, Graham has been a master of the trend for years.

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10 Men’s Halloween Costumes That Are Already in Your Closet

Most adults who plan on celebrating Halloween will likely do it this coming weekend, when it’ll be slightly more acceptable to walk around dressed like a cartoon character under the influence of alcohol than it would be, say, next Tuesday night.

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John Varvatos Men’s Fall 2018

John Varvatos went “rogue” for his fall show, eschewing the official fashion calendar to present on the eve of Grammys weekend in New York.
He selected an old synagogue on the Lower East Side and filled the front row with musicians and executives in town for the big event at Madison Square Garden: all three Jonas brothers, Thomas Rhett, Young Paris and Iggy Azalea among them.
It was ironic then that this season, Varvatos showed less of a rock ’n’ roll aesthetic than in the past. “I never think of us as rock ’n’ roll,” the designer said backstage before the show. “That’s other people’s perception. But it does have an edge to it.”
Instead, the designer set out to “change it up,” with a show he titled “John Varvatos 2.0” that “explored the notion of looking back to look forward,” according to the show notes.
He turned to his greatest hits over the past 17 years — textured fabrics, handknit sweaters, hand-finished leathers and pumped-up trainers — modernized in terms of silhouette and materials — to offer his take on the street “and how we’re living today.”
Despite the slightly oversized proportions, the collection was not streetwear — intentionally. “I appreciate streetwear but I’m

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Tom Ford to Show Men’s at New York Fashion Week

The mystery designer has been identified.
Tom Ford will take the final spot on the men’s portion of the New York Fashion Week calendar next month with a runway show on Feb. 6. The show will be held at 8 p.m. at the Park Avenue Armory, immediately following Joseph Abboud at 7 p.m.
Although Ford has shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His most recent New York show was in September of 2017 when he kicked off New York Fashion Week with a women’s show at the Armory. His spring 2018 men’s line was shown in Milan.
Last month, the Council of Fashion Designers of America said that it had pushed back the dates of New York Fashion Week: Men’s slightly to Feb. 5 through Feb. 7, immediately preceding the women’s shows that start on Feb. 8 — and creating one big 10-day dual-gender event. At the time, Mark Beckham, vice president of marketing for CFDA, hinted that another “big-name designer” was about to jump onto the men’s calendar, but it took until Monday for Ford to be identified as

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John Galliano Men’s Fall 2018

For fall, Bill Gaytten wove touches of Asia into a sleek and fanciful offering for a cosmopolitan crowd.
“It’s a little bit Asian, but not literally so,” said Gaytten, pointing to details like modified versions of cheongsam fastenings. From the past, he borrowed mainstays like the snug, quilted coat relied on for generations and reinterpreted it for modern city life — in silky orange with flower-print panels. Suit jackets were double-breasted, with blanket stitching to soften the look.
Noble fabrics included a tapestry jacquard in bronze and black, which he used to make a series of ultrachic overcoats, jackets and even cargo pants. For woman’s pre-fall, he embellished one jacket with a row of long, black tassels. Kimono references in pieces for women came in multiple forms, with a thick, camel cashmere coat serving as lush outerwear, while a flowing, black jacket in a turquoise, pale pink and orange flower motif offered a sensual alternative to the tuxedo blazer.
Inspiration came from the craftsmanship of the Tibetan plateau as well as Anna May Wong, the glamorous Hollywood actress who recast the image of Chinese Americans in the Thirties.
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Dallas Novelty Profiled in Men’s Health Magazine

Dallas Novelty, the online adult toy retail store with the motto “Sex is For Everybody,” has been profiled in Men’s Health, in an article called, “Meet the Paralyzed Man Making Sex Toys for People With Disabilities.”
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Versace Men’s Fall 2018

“Go big – and go home,” was Donatella Versace’s rallying cry for this joyful, post-modern mash-up of preppy, punk, street – and Versace Home accessories. She said the season was all about “dressing in layers” and smiled as she talked about the home furnishings flourishes on the clothes: Thick, gold fabric fringe snaking its way across jackets and sweatshirts, fabric tassels swinging from bags and belt hoops, and bold swirling medallion prints on puffers, coats and long hoodie tops.
This standout collection had an exaggerated, Archie Comics feel to it – but more the updated Riverdale version – what with the bright, clashing colors, mixed-up plaid patchworks and printed silks. The designer sliced up tartans of different shapes, colors and sizes and patched them back together for men’s and women’s jackets, coats and quilted shirts, and layered turtlenecks and sweaters in eye-searing shades of orange, lime green and fuchsia under sharply-tailored pinstripe suits. Velvets covered with Versace medallion and shadowy stained-glass window prints were scattered across stretchy dresses, puffers with attitude and fluid track bottoms that could have doubled as pajamas.
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EXCLUSIVE: Stella McCartney Takes the Plunge Into Men’s Swimwear

STAR OF THE SEA: Stella McCartney is plunging into men’s swimwear with a debut collection that launches Tuesday in partnership ISA SpA, the Italian textile manufacturer, WWD has learned.
Animal and tropical prints — including a jaunty parrot one — from the ready-to-wear collection, star embroidery and a geometric pattern have been cast onto boxers, briefs, rash guards, cover-ups, towels and sustainable beach totes made in Kenya. The color palette includes lavender, yellow, blush pink and bottle green for the organic cotton and recycled nylon fabrics.
McCartney said because she designs swimwear for women, it was only right that she should do the same for men, and that launching the collection felt like a natural progression.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity to broaden the men’s collection. I wanted to explore an area of a man’s wardrobe that is important and is perhaps slightly under-designed at times. And I wanted to bring the personality of the man into swimwear, so the relationship of the man and the woman on the beach has consistency.”
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Bobby Abley Men’s Fall 2018

Bobby Abley often turns to popular culture for inspiration — everyone from the Teletubbies to the Power Rangers have made appearances in his high-energy shows.
For fall, he teamed with Warner Bros. and made the Looney Tunes characters the focal point of his collection: Tweety was embroidered on a bright yellow marabou sweater, a pair of fluffy gray dungarees paid homage to Bugs Bunny and intarsia knits featured everyone from Sylvester to Daffy Duck.
Muppet-like faux fur also played a key role, splashed all over roomy parkas and bomber jackets.
Even though this was familiar territory for Abley, the collection didn’t feel old. His fun, light-hearted approach to dressing was welcome at a time of all-round uncertainty.
The designer also played with contrasts, adding crystal embellishments or lace panels on baggy tracksuits and oversize outerwear.
“I’m not here to show a gender-neutral collection but blurring the lines a little bit is always good,” Abley said after the show.

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Kent & Curwen Men’s Fall 2018

Kent & Curwen staged a presentation at its new London store in Covent Garden and tapped the British photographer and filmmaker Perry Ogden to shoot young London sportsmen and creative types wearing some of the new fall pieces on the football pitch, beside the boxing ring and in an artist’s studio.
Creative director Daniel Kearns said he chose Ogden for his ability to capture “the realness and rawness of British culture,” which he said feels relevant to the brand, which is about cutting across generations, cultures and subcultures.
Ogden’s 34 photographs of young boxers, footballers, models, musicians, artists and writers are on display next door to the Floral Street flagship. They are accompanied by a vintage-looking film shot on a Super 8 camera that shows the young men — from different walks of life — training and honing their skills.
“It’s all about the preparation — you always have to prepare. It’s in everything — the way you eat, the way you sleep the night before a game. You always have to prepare well,” said the brand’s co-owner David Beckham on the sidelines of the presentation. “Perry has really captured that in his pictures of the kids boxing, and the kids in the band. He

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London Fashion Week Men’s Fall 2018: Inspirations

From skiing to winning the lottery, London men’s wear designers looked to a wide range of subjects for inspiration for their fall collections. Here, some of the topics that sparked their creativity ahead of the shows, which begin on Saturday.
“This season we celebrate the 70th  anniversary of the Trialmaster jacket, which gave me an opportunity to revisit our British roots and present our Made in U.K. collection. Looking through our Trialmaster history led me to explore English youth subcultures and how our jackets have been adopted and customized since the Fifties. The iconic silhouettes from this era including the field, parka and biker jackets have been updated this season with added functionality and modern fabrications. The hero piece of the collection is the anniversary Trialmaster, which is entirely manufactured in the U.K., in a new tumbled coated cotton and reflective tape with badges, celebrating our heritage.” — Delphine Ninous, creative director, Belstaff
“A deep dive into the big blue. The collection stands as a creative call to arms and focuses on responsible design and sourcing to protect both planet and wearer.” — Christopher Raeburn
“It’s about escaping life, going to Noel’s house party and the adventures of kids’ coloring books.” — Liam Hodges
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Men’s Spring 2018 Trend: White Accessories

You can never go wrong with white and this season is no different, as fashion houses showcased white accessories once again, ranging from sunglasses to fanny packs and sneakers.

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J.W. Anderson Nixes London Men’s Show to Pursue Coed Model

HIS AND HERS: The coed juggernaut keeps gathering steam.
One of London’s most anticipated men’s shows, J.W. Anderson, will vacate that calendar from January and shift to a coed display timed with the British capital’s fashion week for women in February.
The fall 2018 collections are to be paraded jointly on Feb. 17, and the London-based brand will stage two shows a year and not four.
In the past month alone, Balenciaga and Salvatore Ferragamo are among brands shifting to a combined women’s and men’s format from next season.
Etro, Dsquared2, Calvin Klein, Burberry, Kenzo, Moschino, Vivienne Westwood, Tom Ford and Cédric Charlier are among others to have already jumped on the bandwagon.
Generally, having one display instead of two per season allows brands to reduce costs, while presenting a cohesive fashion message that works for many labels in an increasingly gender-blurry world — and one increasingly thin on men’s fashion publications.
Prized for his fast-paced shows and daring designs, Anderson was recently honored by the British Fashion Council as British Designer of the Year for Women’s Wear for his J.W. Anderson collection and Accessories Designer of the Year for Loewe during a gala event at Royal Albert Hall.

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Stella McCartney Men’s Spring 2018

For her third see-now-buy-now men’s collection, Stella McCartney took Ibiza as her muse, dressing her man in loose-fitting trousers and breezy knits, hippie fringes and parrot prints.
“It’s a celebration of summer with lightness and unexpected colors — and there’s a hippy-trippy side, too,” said the designer who whipped up a pastel lilac suit with loose, pooling trousers. Based on one of her father Paul McCartney’s suits it has a tighter fit with buttons that are set closer together.
Other standout pieces included a chunky cardigan with deep patch pockets and sun setting on the back, an oversize faux suede jacket with fringes, and lineup of boxy cotton shirts, some with the Stella McCartney logo, others done in fluorescent green and others still covered in parrots.
In keeping with her sustainability efforts, cashmere sweaters were made from recycled bits that would otherwise have ended up on the cutting room floor, while the fringed jacket was made from Alter Suede, which McCartney also uses for her women’s collections.
The collection wasn’t all sea, sand and Seventies sunsets, though. McCartney also drew inspiration from the artwork of Pater Sato, the Japanese airbrush artist. His bright colors and otherworldly ladies appeared on shirts or the linings of

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Vetements Joins Paris Men’s Week

Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his Vetements brand.
WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show, for the fall 2018 season, on Jan. 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue could not immediately be learned.
Previously, Vetements paraded its women’s and men’s collections during the couture shows, while last season it skipped the runway in favor of a showroom presentation.
Founded in Paris in 2014, Vetements catapulted onto the fashion scene with brash, urgent shows staged in offbeat locations: the basement darkrooms of a seedy gay club one season; a shabby Chinese restaurant the next. It helped ignite the streetwear trend and brought forth a mold-breaking approach to fashion based on garments rather than seasonal themes or narratives.
Last year the brand shifted its show from the ready-to-wear schedule to couture week as a guest member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, forging a path that American brands Proenza Schouler and Rodarte followed. Vetements declined to elaborate on its rationale for the shift, however it tends to spring from Gvasalia’s creative intent. Men’s Fashion Week in Paris is

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AMI Alexandre Mattiussi to Unveil Men’s Pre-collection

MISSING LINK: “I see it as a new chapter, we have in place very strong teams for both development and design and are ready to work to this new rhythm,” said AMI’s Alexandre Mattiussi, who, seven years after launching his men’s brand, is entering the pre-collection game.
Mattiussi described the line, which will launch in May, as a “nice midseason wardrobe,” mixing in bestsellers like the label’s outerwear and jersey items.
“It’s about bringing it back to something very masculine and casual, and very easy and light, with denim elements, and playing on khaki with touches of pale yellow and red,” said the designer, who has no plans to launch women’s despite the success of his recent women’s capsule for Le Bon Marché’s global site 24 Sèvres. “I have ideas for women’s wear, but I still like the idea that AMI is a men’s wear brand that is attractive to women who like to go and shop from the men’s line,” he said.
 

A look from AMI’s pre-collection line set to launch in May. 
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With merchandise sporting the label’s “Ami de Coeur” logo in demand, the designer, for a capsule slated for early next year, will also be relaunching another logo: his smiley emoticon

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Matiere Men’s Spring 2018

For its first runway show, Matiere took a step in the right direction this season with a spring collection titled “Reflections.”
“It was about taking a step back and reflecting on what was working for us as an emerging brand and what the market wants,” said the designer Scot Shandalove backstage.
Bringing a bit of shape into the mix, he offered up more voluminous silhouettes this time around, in elongated shorts, wide-tailored bombers and an anorak with a dropped shoulder for a roomier fit — all of which succeeded in creating a cleaner look.
True mavens when it comes to fabric selection, the lineup consisted of a combination of true athleti wear and luxe loungewear by utilizing Italian reflective fabrics in outerwear, crinkled water-resistant elongated jackets and a Japanese high-shine, short-sleeved anorak with paneled technical mesh.
By offering up a true California vibe, Matiere is really propelling the ethos of the brand to a cool yet functional tech lounge-y aesthetic.
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Deveaux Men’s Spring 2018

“Nothingness is just as important as things that are there,” Andrea Tsao, one-third of Deveaux’s design team, posited ahead of the brand’s fourth outing. That philosophical outlook was taken from Japanese architect Tadao Ando’s design M.O. — whose use of muted palettes, clean lines and leanings toward raw materials parallel design elements in the Deveaux world.
The tether to Ando was light, bearing conceptual details that made minimal silhouettes feel special. An “architect” car coat that opened the show, for example, played with the idea of spacing and exposure, featuring pockets that wove in and out. “What you see and what you can’t see is a large part of his architecture,” Tsao continued. Other details like pockets-within-pockets and belts weaving through cutouts teetered on modern and luxurious design.
The overall tone was more relaxed than previous efforts, featuring an experimentation with oversize fits and vintage sensibilities. Roomy, A-line coats in black washed nylon and glen plaid erred on the side of sophistication, while color-blocked knitwear, khaki-and-white top combos, and chunky sneakers were retro and retail-friendly propositions.
The team also showed a few women’s looks, which showcased architectural references with more freedom. Standouts included a sharp tailored blazer and offbeat olive cotton shirt. It

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Landlord Men’s Spring 2018

Ryohei Kawanishi is drawn to cultural melting pots.
Before the Japanese designer moved to Harlem, he spent seven years living in Dalston, a neighborhood in East London that was known for its Caribbean community. Kawanishi said the main premise for Landlord is to take what he sees on the streets and translate it into fashion. This is a strategy practiced by many, if not most, designers, but there’s something different about his interpretations, which err on the side of homage rather than appropriation.
Reggae formed the foundation for his spring collection, and sometimes the references were quite literal but still clever. One sweater read “Bob” — as in Bob Marley — and other oversize knits were covered with “Jerk Chicken” and marijuana leaves. Then there was the Rastafarian-influenced color palette of red, green and yellow, which looked particularly fresh on color-blocked pants and jackets made from nylon.
Kawanishi said visual references from street markets also crept into the collection. This was evident with the camo prints placed to obscure a faux Burberry plaid along with the leather sneakers and sandals worn without socks. Other highlights included a satin parka, a matte leather jacket and the cuffed, baggy denim.
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Willy Chavarria Men’s Spring 2018

Willy Chavarria used The Eagle, New York’s iconic leather bar, as a setting for his spring collection. But he juxtaposed the gritty gay subculture scene by filling the bar with fragrant flowers and parking two pristine Lowrider cars outside the venue.
“I wanted to show two cultures that don’t co-exist,” Chavarria said.
The oversize leather outerwear pieces, baggy pants and caps had a clear Robert Mapplethorpe influence, while striped polos and slouchy cropped khakis had a strong Chollo vibe.
Plays on renowned American logos such as Coors and Marlboro were reinvented as graphic adornments on sweatshirts, shorts and pants. The show pieces were hand-painted by Chavarria’s friend and collaborator, Brian Calvin. The one-of-a-kind-pieces will be sold at galleries as artwork and turned into prints for the commercial collection.
Other graphic slogans included “Silence Still Equals Death,” a play on the AIDS-related mantra from the Eighties. “That now applies to all things in these highly political times,” he said.
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Thorsun Men’s Spring 2018

George Sotelo’s spring collection for Thorsun reflected a recent trip he took to Bali, mashed together with his Mexican heritage, which served as his primary inspiration over the past three seasons.
On 100 percent recycled French polyester for his men’s offering and Italian polyester for the women’s, he splashed playful Indonesian-inspired graphics including a toucan print and tropical florals.
He also revisited more familiar territory — geometric fish prints and abstract paisley.
The brand’s women’s range has been expanded this season, spanning bikinis and one-pieces to long-sleeve rash guards.
Sotelo revealed that while he’s already begun designing some T-shirts to complement his men’s swimwear, “I’m going full-on ready-to-wear for next season.” He said the line will start out as men’s only and will be centered around tops that work well with the bathing suits, such as sport shirts, sweaters and a larger assortment of T-shirts.
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Ovadia & Sons Men’s Spring 2018

Continuing the “narrative of last season,” Ovadia & Sons once again fueled a sporty lifestyle in its spring collection.
The trend-conscious lineup showcased an array of silk souvenir jackets, retro Fifties rayon shirts and geeky-cool pastel-colored suits.
“All the cool kids in school wore baseball jackets, but we couldn’t afford one,” said Shimon Ovadia, who designs the line with his brother Ariel. “So we’re doing them now.”
The less-predictable print that appeared on a coach’s jacket, a pop-over and a track pant was the first peek at a capsule with Interesni Kazki artists from the Ukraine that the twins discovered in their travels.
Their affinity for animal prints worked hand-in-hand with the tribal references they used to update their signature tracksuits.
The jewel tones employed in key pieces such as car coats and track pants added a sense of sophistication to the casual lineup. And the use of cross-body bags and bucket hats served as a reminder that the Ovadia brothers have once again embraced the trends of the season and brought their own twist to it.
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DDUGOFF Men’s Spring 2018

Daniel DuGoff used a trip to Taipei with the CFDA Incubator program to form the foundation of his men’s collection.
DuGoff, who studied architecture before working for Patrik Ervell and Marc Jacobs, said on the trip he was able to experience the urban grit of Taipei along with the tropical landscapes of Yangmingshan National Park, which is located outside of the city.
DuGoff used those contrasts to present a minimal lineup of classic men’s sportswear energized with color — green, mustard, white and navy — and prints including plaid, an abstracted window pane and a hazy leaf print.
High notes from the collection included the short shorts, which mimicked the silhouette of a swim trunk but were made from shirting material, the Fifties-inspired knot polos with embroidery on the chest, and the hooded jacket made from cotton and nylon grosgrain.
DuGoff has said his primary goal is to produce easy clothes that men will want to wear on an everyday basis. He accomplished that goal with this lineup and also introduced some new pieces into his customer’s wardrobe.
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Sanchez-Kane Men’s Spring 2018

On the “about” section of her web site, Barbara Sanchez-Kane defines her label as a “Mexican clothing brand curated by emotional chaos.”
What that means is that instead of sourcing ideas from an artist, location or concept, she lets her feelings lead the way.
This season Sanchez-Kane, who launched her brand in 2015 after working for Bernhard Willhelm, parsed the sensations that come along with stereotypes and societal standards, which she mainly portrayed through constrictive design details.

Sanchez-Kane, who is known for her tailored pieces, used the curls in a pinwheel, her favorite toy as a child, as appendages on blazers, denim jackets and pants. These curls, which were buttoned to garments, sometimes connected pieces of a suit or wrapped around the looks to relay the idea of restriction. Sanchez-Kane also utilized ties, straps and metal wire — one piece sat stiffly on a model like a T-shirt — to underscore this message.

According to Sanchez-Kane, the restrictions created by social norms lead to hiding one’s feelings and this translated to pieces that were stuffed with fabric or pants that were dotted with three-dimensional boxes. She incorporated messages from her journal entries onto pieces — one T-shirt read “Freelance Lover” — along with Mexican

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Palmiers du Mal Men’s Spring 2018

“The young pope goes on safari” read the show notes from Wednesday night’s presentation for Palmiers du Mal’s spring collection.
Designer Shane Fonner has quite the love for luxe loungewear and, in what seems a progression from last season, there were numerous new shapes in the lineup such as high-waisted sweatpants, zebra-printed caftans and even a dalmatian-print robe with a hint of floral for contrast.
“I like to think of this collection as gender-agnostic,” said Fonner backstage, pointing to  many of the styles that were a bit decadent with a hint of a rock star vibe.
Despite showing the collection at the Rose Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel — a space adorned with images of photographer David Lachapelle on its walls — the chic location was better suited for a party than a fashion presentation as seeing the clothes up close proved quite challenging.
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Bode Men’s Spring 2018

As a child, Emily Bode spent her summers at her uncle’s house in the south of France. She slept in his grenier, which means attic in French, where she was surrounded by bedsheets, bath towels and antique linens.
“This collection is about my uncle’s generational relationship with the attic and what the attic means to me as a space,” Bode said. “It’s a place to take in memories of yesteryear and reflect on one’s mortality.”
Bode, who graduated from Parsons before launching her men’s wear line in 2016, re-created that sentimental space for her presentation. Models lounged around wood-frame beds while the scent of lavender lingered throughout the room.
Quilting was the focus of her previous collection, but this season she concentrated on florals and stripes. Models wore floral printed raincoats, terrycloth jackets and striped sleep pants. Shirts were made from cotton Quaker lace and French linens. Other highlights included the floral tapestry jackets — specifically the mustard style decorated with a double row of buttons.
The overall effect was inviting. Bode has a clear talent for mixing textures, colors and textiles in an intriguing way. She’s also adept at rendering fabrics typically associated with the word “antique” to appear modern and strong. We

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Luar Men’s Spring 2018

Young American designers have strong opinions about what corporate America stands for, and designer Raul Lopez is among them.
“I was inspired by everything going on in the world right now,” he said, pointing to “financiers, entrepreneurs and moguls” as his starting point.
Turning dress codes on their heads was the main message here as a traditional bankers’ pinstripe suit was deconstructed, stripped of its sleeves and the fabric converted into an oversize zip-up leg warmer.
Other “convertible” pieces included cropped T-shirts with round cutouts, and ties sewn together to make a layered skirt.
His affinity for deconstruction came as a result of growing up with an architect father, he said.
This gender-fluid offering also included an array of long, medium and short skirts, together with a summery white dress with his brand’s Holy Trinity logo as the main graphic embellishment.
While there’s no realistic retail offering, Lopez at least gets marks for pushing the boundaries of men’s wear.
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Represent Men’s Spring 2018

Siblings George and Mike Heaton continued in the vein of their debut fall collection, highlighting the most energetic aspects of British punk subculture with a streetwear bent. They titled their spring collection “Wide Awake,” which took its name from a propaganda poster by Winston Churchill during World War II, and splashed the slogan across sporty sweaters.
The siblings have tended to use British victories in their prints and embroideries, proclaiming the brand’s “Made in Britain” stamp along with prints of the Union Jack. Streetwear obviously isn’t a new concept, but a British undertone in the category is something novel that has attracted American consumers.
Key this season were lightweight parkas, velour tracksuits, floral printed silk shirts and a general sense of youthful subversion. There was also an athletic thread in matching pinstripe mesh sets, sweatshirt fabrics and joggers paired with loose tops. If these first two collections are any indication of the brand’s trajectory, expect high-energy, unapologetically boastful British fashion for the seasons ahead.
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General Idea Men’s Spring 2018

As in seasons past, designer Bumsuk Choi steered clear of being a trend-driven brand, instead steering General Idea to create its own path. And Thursday’s spring show was no different.
Based on the notions of the hippie culture from the Sixties and Seventies, the lineup consisted of silky shirts with bandana prints, ethnic embroideries on the cuffs of shirts and denim, and racing stripes on the sides of trousers.
“As a society we have been accustomed to not be able to live without our phones,” said Choi backstage, shortly after sending out oversize logos shouting “No post” on the backs and front of shirts.
A nice surprise, color was a huge message this season, with General Idea offering up bright reds, yellows and blues in a variety of looks, while staying away from white and black that has become predictable.
With this solid effort, Choi gets credit for making us put down our phones and transporting us to his modern hippie universe.
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Dim Mak Men’s Spring 2018

Steve Aoki opted to show his men’s wear line, Dim Mak, a few days after the official New York Fashion Week: Men’s schedule, which was probably a smart idea given his elaborate vision.
Last season, Aoki installed a skate park inside Skylight Clarkson Sq and Mangchi, a self-described “hammer” band, performed a spirited set as actual skaters, who wore the collection, dropped in and out of two half pipes.
This season Aoki, a DJ who also owns Dim Mak Records, held a presentation before shutting down a New York block to hold a runway show and concert that was produced and presented by the Build Series. The show, which featured performances from Ayo & Teo, Bok Nero, Ma$ e and Sonny Digital, also commemorated the release of his new album, Kolony, which is out on July 21.
“I like to combine both worlds,” said Aoki, who started his Dim Mak record label in 1996. “People know me as a DJ first so it just made sense to do this type of event.”
Aoki’s collection was titled Paradise Found, which according to Aoki is indicative of the current climate. “People are looking for paradise amid chaos,” he said. He imbued this idea throughout the assortment, which consisted of military staples — bomber and

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Theory Men’s Spring 2018

Like many transplanted Europeans, new Theory designer Martin Andersson, previously of Cos, couldn’t resist the allure of Americana.
“I concentrated on the great American classics rooted in uniforms, sports and workwear,” Andersson said at the brand’s rooftop presentation, with Manhattan’s skyline as a backdrop.
The sporty pieces included sweatpants, hoodies and bombers in cotton, technical nylon and paper-thin leather. The workwear influences were clear on updated Dickies-inspired pants with a single pleat, as well as a “geeky” take on a railroad-stripe suit.
Punches of yellow and orange gave the mostly neutral lineup jolts of energy.
The tailored clothing offering had a subtle Fifties feel with the addition of the Gansevoort silhouette, a softly constructed suit with a natural shoulder and narrow pants. The new style came in a travel jersey and a technical nylon and polyester seersucker. Ultrathin anoraks worn under blazers enhanced the technical yet modern urban feel.
The lineup might come across as unexciting at first, but after a closer look, the minimalist approach felt like a perfect palate-cleanser.

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C2H4 Los Angeles Men’s Spring 2018

For her first collection at New York Fashion Week: Men’s, Yixi Chen invited her guests to board the C2H4 Space Tech to Mars. Chen, who started C2H4 in 2014, considers herself a chemist and wanted to design laboratory workwear for the year 2082.
“This is our vision of what clothes are going to look like in the future,” said Chen, who sells to retailers including Revolve and Wish.
Chen updated athletic and workwear pieces — anoraks, utility vests, lab coats, hooded sweatshirts and cargo pants — with pockets, straps and fasteners. Pieces, which came in black, white, a pastel blue and vivid yellow, were also covered with her brand name, which stands for ethylene, and “Zero Gravity,” which was the title of the collection.
She also presented her collaboration collection with Kappa, which is titled “Undecayable.” Chen took creative license with Kappa’s signature logo tape and wrapped it around sweatpants or attached it to hoods as if it was a drawstring.
Chen isn’t working from an entirely new playbook, but she has distinctive ideas, which help her collection stand out.
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Streetwear Gets the Spotlight at the New York Men’s Shows


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N. Hoolywood Men’s Spring 2018

N. Hoolywood is growing up — that is, at least for one season. In an apparent 180-degree turn from fall’s homeless youth reference, where designer Daisuke Obana amped up a more-is-more style philosophy, the latest offering boasted a tone of quiet sophistication with a classic American undercurrent.
Obana, a Japanese native, was in the U.S. during last year’s contentious presidential election, which turned his mind to a journey through American history. He looked to John F. Kennedy, whose suave, debonair appearance has become a symbol of a happier, simpler America.
Preppy varsity references — from the bomber jackets and elongated cardigans to university lettering — were indicative of the Fifties.
Elsewhere, military references drew from JFK’s military career while a Marilyn Monroe print was a playful jab at his personal peccadillos. The overall tone was younger, balancing a collegiate spirit with clean, soft tailored silhouettes. “I wanted to put out something very simple, sleek, traditional and refined,” Obana said backstage.
Notable was the designer’s modern interpretation of traditional style. Loosening up classic suits with generous proportions was not only younger (and a big trend on the European runways), but gave way to greater layering potential and a notion of trans-seasonal dressing. Comfortable, professional, elevated —

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