So New York Fashion Week started this weekend. I think it’s safe to say New York fashion is the most commercial and least trend-led of the major fashion weeks, especially when it comes to menswear. The US has always been more sportswear focussed than its European counterparts, and as the home of capitalism, the US fashion industry is very market-led. All of which means that US designers tend to play it very safe in my opinion and the collections often lack any bite. But then that’s why we have London fashion week: to give us outrageous avant-garde threads that no-one will buy.
One of the first design teams to show in New York was Rag & Bone. Their show bucked the New York trend and was a little more daring than most (but then the guys behind it are Brits – America, I’m teasing). It wasn’t a particularly coherent collection – they seemed be drawing from a very diverse pool of references – but there were some nicely tailored pieces. The beige tweed suit above is very decent (except for the thick ankles) and the grey tweed jacket, with it’s curved hems, is a must for anyone who wants to look taller and thinner. My favourite pieces however are the suits on the right which came towards the end of the show. The up-turned collars and double breasts look kind of regency but bang up to date. Vee nice.
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[pics from Catwalking]