New York Fashion Week: Menswear designers inspired by hometowns and exotic places
New York Fashion Week Men’s Day returned to in-person presentations on Wednesday, with nearly a dozen emerging designers showcasing their 2022 collections.
The models posed like statues as the audience walked through them at a touching distance from the drawings. Sometimes there was a central character who introduced the theme behind the look.
Some designers this year have sought inspiration close to home, while others have drawn inspiration from more distant tropical places.
Tristan Detwiler cited the sands and beaches of his hometown of San Diego as the inspiration for his STAN collection, which features colorful patterns and quilt-like fabrics in neutral and earthy tones.
âI get all the textiles myself, I meet people, I learn their stories, I learn about cultures,â said Detwiler. âTextiles come second, it’s really history that comes first. Vivid colors, sensual landscapes and striking shapes dominated the collection of designer Teddy Vonranson.
âI always wanted to make an exotic collection that took me to the South Seas and I was really inspired by Tahiti and the works of Paul Gauguin,â said Vonranson.
Meanwhile, designer William McNicol of the William Frederick Collection said all of his pieces were designed, developed and manufactured in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.
Her presentation featured models painting a canvas while wearing casual outfits in a neutral color.
âMost of our collections are based on creativity, curiosity, intelligence, intimacy,â McNicol said.
âThis collection was specifically about the artist’s life and clothes that worked just as well on the artist as they did in their space. That’s why I wanted neutrals and things that sort of got lost in an artist’s studio, loft or space, âhe added.
The biannual event features ten emerging brands launching their collections, five in the morning and five more later in the afternoon.
New York Fashion Week runs until September 12.