Billy Reid marked the final stop on our itinerary of men’s shows at New York Fashion Week this season—and we couldn’t have asked for a more immaculate style spectacle to cap things off.
From the Alabama native’s ruggedly luxurious clothes to the jaw-dropping historical venue, woozy live-music soundtrack, and bourbon drinks served on silver platters upon the show’s conclusion, the evening coalesced into a full immersion in the Billy Reid world. We were on-site and front-row with photographer Faith Silva. Keep reading to see a full gallery of sublime images and video of the show.
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The next stop on our New York Fashion Week coverage is a double-take-inducing lineup from LA brand Band of Outsiders—true to form in its winking sense of wit, signature shrunken tailoring, and luxe-meets-laidback wearability.
We were there on the scene (and behind the scenes) at Sunday morning’s show. Keep reading to see our full photo journal from Band of Outsiders Fall/Winter ’14.
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Always a highlight of New York Fashion Week: the impeccable proportions of badass classics by Iowa-born menswear vet Todd Snyder.
We were lucky enough to have photographer Faith Silva on-site at Thursday night’s show. Keep reading to see her photo journal from behind the scenes at Todd Snyder Fall ’14.
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Next up on our New York Fashion Week menswear itinerary is upstate New York’s own pioneer in continuously redefining the term ‘Prep’: Michael Bastian.
Bastian’s new collection mixed Ivy League with the Far East (that’s an image from the runway show invitation above). Keep reading to see photos from the front row and behind the scenes by Faith Silva—plus a video of Bastian explaining the global mash-up in his own words.
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New York Fashion Week is under way, and at the front-end of things is English-bred, New York-based brand Rag & Bone.
We were lucky enough to have photographer Faith Silva on-site at Tuesday night’s show. Keep reading to see her photo journal from behind the scenes at Rag & Bone Fall/Winter 2014.
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Are you into #hashtag quote-unquote “fashion”? Maybe not. But are you on-board with attractive members of the fairer sex displaying creativity and good taste via uniquely expressive and eye-catching clothing choices? If you answered “No”…Well, that’s probably not possible.
Seen here are our latest favorite images from our sister blog, The Thread—where New York Fashion Week is currently in full swing. Head on over for tons more street style, celeb spottings, backstage antics, and runway reports. And don’t say we never did you any favors.
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[Above: One of our Nordstrom Beauty Spot guest bloggers, nail artist Madeline Poole—
a certified hit on our Tumblr page, thanks in no small part to a devastating
girl-next-door combo of red nails x white Chucks.]
Jessica Paré, aka Megan Draper (yes, that Megan Draper) from Mad Men, front row at Jason Wu.
And below: In our opinion, the cream of the street-style crop—so far—by our own roving photographer, Crystal Nicodemus. There’s a school of thought out there that such assertive “fashion” is capable of physically repelling men. We are not repelled. Keep trying, women of Fashion Week—we insist.
[Street style by Crystal Nicodemus; Jessica Paré photographed by Mary O'Regan.]
A few tongue-in-cheek photos from Michael Bastian’s own Instagram account sum up the designer’s message for Spring 2014 quite nicely. In stark contrast to the upstate New York native’s prior collection (as discussed in our Q&A here), which traversed ominous backwoods in the rural Northeast, his new offering, unveiled recently at New York Fashion Week, conjures jaunty vibes of a booze-fueled bender on the French Riviera.
Despite the disparate visions for fall and spring, a common thread in Bastian’s work is attention to detail. This time, instead of stacking layers of gothic black and hunting gear (in the mode of fall’s The Crow goes to Cabela’s), Bastian piled pattern upon smirking pattern. Pineapples on plaid on leopard? No problem for Bastian’s European vacationer. While the rest of us might not take it to the same extreme—Bastian’s been quoted as calling it “print abuse”—we can all benefit from introducing a tasteful pop of pattern or two into the mix next spring.
Check out our favorite looks and key takeaways from Michael Bastian Spring ’14 below.
Jacket Required. Bastian’s dinner-ready gents were all business from the waist up—and ready to work on their tans below the belt. Wild pattern mixes notwithstanding, we’ll take this as evidence that the sportcoat-with-shorts look is still going strong. Just make sure they’re trim-fitting and above the knee.
Sweater Weather. For the top deck, the beach and winding your way back to the chateau after a night on the town—sweaters are a midweight spring staple. Bastian’s classic crewneck returns every season in a new motif, this time referencing extreme leisure (full-body backgammon) and the thrill of the hunt (abstract animal print).
Beach-Ready. The collection’s most casual offerings ranged from an utterly eclectic beachcomber (center) to athletic-inspired gear mixed with tailored shorts and trousers—the latter being our favorite for shifting nonchalantly from cruising the boardwalk to grabbing a coffee or cocktail with the French girl you just met.
SHOP THE CURRENT COLLECTION: MICHAEL BASTIAN
And see the full Spring ’14 runway at Style.com.
[Instagram photos via @mbastiannyc and @bastiangirl on Instagram. Runway photos by Marcus Tondo, via Style.com.]