Menswear Runway / Tradeshow Trends – Present & Future

While pouring through images of the most recent menswear trade shows and runway collections I’m starting to notice a trend in prints, colors, and themes that I believe will carry over in to 2014’s style.

Trend – Hunting Gear Influenced

Lets just call this new style “Huntsman Chic” or “Urban Camouflage”. Bright orange puffy jackets, hats, and accessories litter the runways accompanied by hunter green camouflage jackets, pants, and shirts.

 

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Vest by Michael Bastien

 

 

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Jacket by Michael Kors

 

 

 

Ready to Wear Fall Winter 2013 Maison_de_la_Cour New York Fashion Week Feb 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Scarf by Maison de LaCour

 

 

 

[pics courtesy of StyleSight.com]

William Buckley from MRketplace confirms my observations in his recent write up of New York’s most recent Market Week for menwear.

With this season’s New York men’s market at an end, three cyclical trends stood out like sore sartorial thumbs. Across Capsule, Project, Agenda and MRket, it seemed almost every brand present displayed one or more of the F/W ’13 triumvirate: studs, leopard print, and camo. Lots of camo. If we didn’t see camo on a rack or stand in each booth, it was being physically worn by the person(s) there, or finally, failing that, being sat on.

I’d like to point out that Buckley even states that this trend is a cyclical trend, meaning we will continue to see camouflage pop back up in Fall/Winter 2014!

I have to believe that this is part of the trickle up theory in the fashion industry. Since hunting is now commonly a workingman sport, designers are trying to make this a trendy, hip style for white collar men to adopt.

New York Capsule Show 2013

After New York Fashion Show, the Capsule Show for Women’s RTW takes center stage; held this year from February 22nd through 24th at Basketball City. If you haven’t heard of this event, it can simply be explained as a fusion of high-end contemporary brands, it’s independently owned designers, and premium street wear labels all in one progressively organized trade-show.

It is here that you are able to see the latest up and coming trends and inspirations out of over 500 brands registered to attend. I found these labels in accessories to be particularly awe inspiring. Enjoy.

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PARABELLUM – We’re over disposable fashion – trends come and go, synthetic fabrics pill after only a few wears; enough already. This is an LA-based brand that intentionally harkens back to an age of artisan craftsmanship with its range of luxury leather goods. The brand sources hides from free-range American bison ranches and processes them at their family run micro-tannery. Copper hardware (sometimes handcast) is crafted in America, and some hardware elements are comprised of military grade ceramics (this stuff is used in anti-ballistic plating for vehicles, so you know it’s tough). They also design totes, wallets, medicine bags, belts and more that incorporate rich suede interiors in deep saturated colors. Three cheers for modern products built to last a lifetime.

ImageUNEARTHEN – While many jewelry designers aim to simply create accessories that look pretty, the pieces created by Unearthen founder and designer Gia Bahm takes into consideration some loftier goals; namely, harnessing the innate properties of crystal to clear your mind, focus your heart and provide comfort during difficult times.  It doesn’t hurt that the jewelry is also nice to look at, with Bahm’s background as a wardrobe stylist apparent in the careful selection of the semi-precious stones that serve as the focal point of statement necklaces, rings and earrings.  Made in the USA, Unearthen has already found a following among aesthetes who look for something a little bit more in their daily look.

And Finally, Taylor Davies of  Shut Up, I Love That Shirt On You., stopped by the Capsule NY Women’s show this weekend and pulled some of her favorite pieces from the booths to share here. Check out her top looks below:

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1.  ”This bag practically screams, “Take me away for a weekend!” The colorful, embroidered design is stunning and I could see myself packing it full of the other items I’ve selected here and running away somewhere warm and breezy this summer.” [Stela 9 bag]

2. “The sharp angles and graphic look of this bracelet make it a stand-out statement piece, but the classic, shiny gold metal makes it incredibly wearable with anything from a denim shirt to a cocktail dress.” [ Tom Tom gold bracelet]

3. “The beauty of a dress like this is it’s both bold and simple. The cut is relaxed and comfortable, and the color scheme is bright and the design is fresh / slightly mod; it reminds me of Proenza Schouler’s SS11 collection.” [Shona Joy  dress]

4. “I’m easing into the idea of wearing smaller, more rounded frames this spring, and these are ultra-flexible and come in dozens of fun color combinations.” [Etnia Barcelona sunglasses]

5. “In keeping with my bright color theme, this cozy crew neck sweater is right up my alley. I love the neon pink detailing on the hem, and the cream and gold makes for a fun take on the classic fair isle knit.” [Mads Norgaard  sweater]

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HARE+HART – The origin of Hare + Hart is a Hollywood-caliber meet-cute. While in Buenos Aires, two college friends, Emily Harrison and Jennie Engelhardt, are inspired to mix the precision and craft of Argentine leather work with contemporary fashion. Splitting their time between Buenos Aires and New York, the internet plays a huge role in their design process and communication. As a bonus for the eco-conscious, Hare + Hart uses naturally tanned hair calf and naturally tanned nappa leathers locally sourced from family owned producers in Argentina.