The most anticipated show at New York Fashion Week: Men’s was by Public School, the subtly avant garde brand designed by New York City natives Dao-Yi Chow (L) and Maxwell Osborne (R).
Their Autumn/Winter 2016 collection was fascinating and seemingly inspired (to us, anyway) by Cowboy Bebop and Kung Lao from Mortal Kombat. Our ace photographer friend Shawn Brackbill was on the scene and summed it up thusly:
“Public School’s show was off-site, unlike the rest of the shows, and it was almost off-putting until I realized what was going on. They were bringing the public into it. It was an inside/outside thing. They had these big windows so people outside on the sidewalk could see the styling, see all the models getting ready. Then the models would come out and actually walk in the street, walk around the block, and then go back inside where they did a more formal runway show. That’s where all the heavy-hitter people were, everyone on the official guestlist. Then each model came back outside for a finale lineup, on the street.”
See images from the show below (and see Brackbill’s full clip of #NYFWM photos here) along with a streamable soundtrack by Twin Shadow, who always scores Public School’s live events with experimental grooves.
The report from our man Shawn Brackbill, photographer extraordinaire, on the Todd Snyder show for Snyder’s Autumn/Winter 2016 collection at New York Fashion Week: Men’s:
“The music was The Smiths, ‘How Soon is Now,’ but an extended remix so the vocals came in really late. They had a lot of guys; a lot of looks. This show was one of those that felt like a bombardment of looks. The collection was expansive; lots of layers, lots of turtlenecks. It was beautiful and everything looked really wearable.”
Snyder, if he’s a new name to you, is one of the best American menswear designers working today, an Iowa-bred master of casual and business-casual looks with a vaguely collegiate aesthetic.
Check out Brackbill’s behind the scenes shots below (and all his #NYFWM stuff here), interspersed with our interview with the man himself, Mr. Todd Snyder.
To better consider Brooklyn Brew Shop’s beer making kit–which we love and will be demonstrating on this blog in the near future–we asked a professional brewer to give it a test drive.
Our friend Andy Arguelles at Two Beers Brewing Company, which is right down the street from our photo studio in Seattle, said he’d give it a whirl. After he played around with Brooklyn Brew Shop’s kit for a few days, we called him and asked what he thought.
Here’s Andy on the beer kit, his favorite parts of the brewing process and which beers to pair with meals you will almost certainly cook/eat this week.
The fashion-oriented Veilance line balances body movement with a minimalist aesthetic, comprising anatomically tailored pieces which are perfect for, say, riding your bike to work. And then wearing while at work.
There’s a considered subtlety to the design of the Veilance line which reveals itself in real life. The hidden buttons on the blazers. The geometry of the sweater yoke. The soft proprietary weaves of wool, nylon, cotton and elastane.
Get a feel for Veilance in these images from the Arc’teryx publication Tomorrow, which uses as a model the famous photographer JIMA.
Looking ahead from winter to spring sneakers, know this: we are still in the era of the re-appreciation of the adidas Stan Smith tennis shoe. Aka the whitest sneaker that ever white-ed in the history of whiteness.
But do not fail to consider the all-black Stan Smith, which is crucial in its own way. Or black-on-black sneakers in general. Once the provenance of video store guys, black sneakers are having their own fashion moment. Choose a pair with clean lines and achieve the same monochromatic outfit-grounding power of white sneakers–without showing dirt.
Twelve styles are pictured above and linked below.