Menswear in Meatpacking: Get Ready for Spring
February 8, 2016
Fashion shows are a work of art: tailored sculptures that fit the human form are carried with aplomb by models down runways as flashes pop, eyes gawk, and reporters scribble first impressions for critiques.
A successful show fuels a rush that lives far longer than that incredible moment, because the styles of a well-received collection will influence fashion trends for seasons.
Miranda Priestly said it best when she extolled the history and wonders of cerulean as the brut fashion queen in The Devil Wear Prada.
New York Fashion Week: Men’s wrapped up its second edition last Thursday. Here in the Meatpacking District, menswear has a solid presence. Our Director of Operations, Jeffrey LeFrancois, spent a day visiting five menswear shops and was dressed in their newest and finest looks to showcase Menswear in Meatpacking. Texture ruled the day.
Be sure to scroll through the gallery for complete looks.
With clean lines and timeless pallets, Theory is a fashion anchor on Gansevoort Street. The fabric of the day is Neoteric: smooth with a slight sheen, and the perfect stretch for comfort that looks stellar in the office and can take you anywhere on the weekend.
The pants are fitted but not confining –they keep everything in place but you could dance if you needed to. I’ve never been one to button my shirts all the way to the top without a tie, but did as I was styled: it looked sharp, and it felt good, too. And the buttons are large, making a subtle statement – you wouldn’t want to cover them, so why not button all the way to show them off?
The casual look with the Pier Pant is a dream. I wanted to run around in them, but there were puddles everywhere, thanks #StormJonas. The jacket zips both ways! Every detail feels polished and confident without trying hard.
Theory has long pushed the boundaries of everyday-wear, and their collections of late have made the line grayer between men’s and women’ s wear. It’s progressive.
Detail and an eye for the curious give the Ted Baker line an edge. It is indeed “No Ordinary Designer Label.” Step into the store on Little West 12th Street and curiosities abound, from the clothing to the decor.
Suits, sweaters, weekenders, socks, shoes, and accessories: it is a full closet at your fingertips.
The suit is sleek, in a textured blue with accents of cranberry. The pants tapered through the thigh and more at the ankle, and in case you left home without your pocket square, the jacket has one built in. The white shirt with a blue speck patterns keeps this look bright,and fresh. The tan derby brogues, belt, and bag popped.
I felt ready for a spring fling. While I’m one to dress in my best for travel, the sporty white brogues, dragon fly t-shirt, and black bomber won my heart for my next weekend escape. And with the pants cuffed, it showed off the decorative under fabric, and it popped.
It’s fly. I felt like catching a flight somewhere warm.
“Everything we do is inspired by California,” said Trina Turk, whose husband, Jonathan Skow, is the creative force behind the Mr. Turk line, launched in 2002.
And it shows. Walk into the store and you’re transported to Palm Springs with bright colors and rich patterns all year round. The store is meant to feel like an escape from the everyday rush, devoid of the New York-centric “black-is-the-only-color” canon.
I’m loud and boisterous, so Mr. Turk serves me well. The Resort and Spring 2016 collections are rich with texture and, no surprise, color. Blazers and dress shirts, bow ties and bathing suits – oh my!
The navy blazer has flecks of chartreuse, which to my delight was woven throughout the entire collection. It paired well with the matching pants – and the hot lime trousers, too. If it all sounds like clothing for vacation, it felt that way but transcended the cliché, as it was all entirely wearable in the moment. While it may have been raining, that didn’t mean I couldn’t dream of summer. The bathing suit, in navy and white, is extremely comfortable, and I could see myself wearing it as shorts that would allow me go from home-to-beach-to-bar with ease. I’ll take it.
Stephen F has its only brick-and-mortar shop right here in Meatpacking. A boutique for his hand-sewn shoes and tailored suits, walk into the store and the finery of the fabrics and minutia throughout the wears transforms you.
It is hard to find a sleek double-breasted suit, much less one you want to wear as a trend-setting New Yorker. Translation: you’re not 75, nor did you get married during the time of disco. But Stephen F has ones that fit like a glove, and you can keep it buttoned up and still move while wearing it. The fabric is luxurious and soft, varied in grain and color – the blue has layers of navy, slate, and cobalt. And the buttons – oh, the buttons! Pearly little cobalt gems shined on that white shirt.
The gray tuxedo pants, cropped, above the ankle (a personal preference that I didn’t even
have to do myself), with the black gingham shirt and soft navy suede and rabbit coat is a street-style showstopper.
I could have talked to Mike, the manikin, all day long. If only he had legs that worked so we could take our hot threads to the street together.
Feel good about what you wear outside, and look good doing it. Patagonia has a businessmodel based on sustainability that works to reduce the amount of clothing and goods in ourlandfills. It is an unmatched policy. Buy an item and with it, you get the following: lifetimerepair of rips, zippers, and other acts of wear; a clothing-recycling program; and education to make your goods last longer.
The jeans feel sturdy and comfortable. A straight fit past the thigh that gave you room to walk, run, or kick back around a fire.
The Fitzroy Wave fleece is not only fun, but I wanted to sleep in it, too. In my climbing bag were ropes, a hooded down sweater, carabineers, a Frisbee, and a growler – which, frankly, is sometimes all you need. Provided you’ve got beer, I mean, water, to fill it with. The zip-up down jacket in green is lightweight but perfectly warm. When I looked closely at it, the varieties of green were like camouflage,but in a micro sense.
Go hiking; go climbing; just go outside. And when you do it, shop first at Patagonia.
The clothing alone will get you inspired to get out there.