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Here’s a closer look at a few shows from NYFW Mens for their SS18 Collections. Learn about the designers inspiration and vision behind the pieces! 

General Idea SS18

The vision behind General Idea’s SS18 collection was taken from technology, primarily the smartphone.

For Designer Bumsuk Choi, smartphone applications used today has not only shaped society, but is also part of everyday life. In the words of Choi, society is “transitioning from analog sapiens to phono sapiens – a networking generation, yearning for special memories and times. Just like hippies, we are full of freedom, coexistence and peace.” Color palettes from the collection included navy, khakis, oranges, yellows and blues.

Landlord SS 2018

LANDLORD is a menswear brand founded in 2015 in New York. Creative Director Ryohei Kawanishi collaborated with with a U.S. military-contracted factory to start the streetwear/fashion brand, rooted in the style. The SS18 collection was inspired by reggae music and style. Kawanishi, used to live in East London’s Dalston Junction neighborhood, and found himself often immersed in the Afro-Caribbean, Asian and European cultures.

For this season, the brand is debuting new collaborations with Blackmeans, a label known for traditional Japanese leather craftsmanship; Mauri, the Italian footwear brand that specializes in exotic skins; and Novesta, the European sneaker brand, founded in Slovakia in 1939.

This marks LANDLORD’s fourth season, and third consecutive season showing at New York Fashion Week: Men’s. Retailers include Opening Ceremony in New York, Los Angeles, Japan and online; SSENSE and several stockists in Japan. LANDLORD has been worn by many celebrities in hip hop, including Big Sean, Joey Bada$$, Migos, A$AP Rocky, Rae Sremmurd, The Weeknd, Tyga and others

Raun LaRose SS18

Raun Larose took inspiration from the 80s for his SS18 Collection, taken mostly from the boom of technology, the Silcicon Valley and Wall Street at the time.

From the origins of the IBM movement and revisiting essential shapes from that time with an updated silhouette, from “Wall street power suits” to more casual garments, such as bomber jackets, hooded parkas, wind breakers, and metallic wide legged pants. The oversized shapes of jackets and pants speak to the affluent style of the eighties, while the inorganic fabrics give the collection a retro and futuristic feel.

If you look closely, you can see stripes in the logos, which were designed by Portuguese artist Jose Chunà, reminiscent of a computer screen on the fritz.

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