JULY 28, 2015
At a glance, Byungmun Seo’s eponymous label is controlled and unassuming. It’s only upon closer inspection where you might say, “Oh!” Conceived in 2012, the Korean brand proves otherwise, and stresses a non-color palette that showcases textures and experimental pattern cutting. Self-described as “poetic, sensitive and melancholic,” Seo achieves all these things and more in his Spring/Summer 2016 look book.
The newest blood on the fashion scene, Barcelona-based designer Martin Maldonado, stormed the industry with his artistically mandated independence, great sense of adventure and cultural awareness. The recent Westminster University graduate premiered his Autumn/Winter 2015 collection entitled, “The Landscaper,” embodying nomadic and ethereal elements, set in an Icelandic environment, filled with rocky plains and brave voyagers who seem willing to explore it.
JULY 29, 2015
Tania Ursomarzo, Parson’s School of Design professor and creator behind the footwear label TRIPTYCH, is an architect by training and a firm believer in inventing the new normal. Since the launch of her artisanal shoe line in Fall 2014, the New York City-based designer has been trailblazing a new market for footwear with the goal of her innovative designs “to be beautiful and wearable…to move beyond the confines of fashion and trendiness.”
Kaelen’s Autumn/Winter 2015 collection epitomizes sophistication, simplicity and modernity with a slight whiff of both the 40s and 90s style permeating through it. The majority of her line explores a cascade of bright hues, such as bubblegum pink, forest green, tangerine and soft lilac to keep the collection energetic and youthful.
JULY 30, 2015
The birth of universal shifts in design thinking can only come from one common source divine to all human beings. That source is within the creative microcosms we build and create for ourselves in our daily lives. Enter: Sandor Lakatos. He has arrived on Earth at a time when 21stcentury designers are bursting to escape from the urgency of fast fashion, fatigued consumption and its unfortunate overuse of artifice. His estimated time of arrival is precision perfect. The designer’s Fall/Winter 2015 menswear collection is a testament of no compromises, no happy accidents and nothing but pure originality. His determination, strength, shape and vision pours out of every cell, fabric, thread and silhouette. The roots of his Hungarian upbringing bear the fruits of a long lost craftsmanship that is paired with an uncanny modernist upheaval that he brings to each and every one of his creations. As you can clearly see, there is no such thing as time travel for Lakatos. He IS time travel.
AUGUST 1, 2015
Menswear designer Eliran Nargassi developed his self-named label with the hope of reviving men’s fashion in Israel. Based in Tel Aviv, Nargassi studied at Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art before launching his now two-year-old brand. The budding designer takes a minimalistic approach with the purpose of attracting the audience to the small details in the pieces – a motive clearly reflected in his latest garments.
AUGUST 2, 2015
‘The future is now’ was the evident theme in the Bodybound Spring/Summer 2016 menswear collection. With non-apologetic creative forces behind the brand, textile designer Kim Wilkins and photographer Pliny Champions utilized eccentric detailing and prints, releasing a self-asserting punk air into the fashion-sphere that is menswear.
Now into her third season, Francinella has loosened the brand’s grasp on religion with lighter wares finding their way into the collared pastor’s shirts signature to past collections. However, the adjective “lighter” may not accurately describe Spring/Summer 2016: colors, fabrics and tailoring alike give way to a particular agility, but they are significantly subdued by the recurrent appearance of belts. The end result is a mélange of delicate and heavy textiles, fluid and cuffed down shapes and bright but neutrally somber shades.
AUGUTS 3, 2015
Once a Proenza Schouler intern, Toronto-based designer Andrew Coimbra has turned that highly coveted experience into a namesake brand, whose objective is to showcase playful prints and cultivated casuals in the men’s sphere. For his Fall/Winter 2015 collection, titled “Sorry, not sorry: a Canadian dilemma,” Coimbra ventures into the nuances of Canadian culture and physical landscape, toying with prints from aerial views to weather mapping patterns. The designer, who greatly appreciates personal style, uses this as inspiration, with one example being a nicely fitted suit donned with blues and white spotted swirls — complete with a reversely flapped cap and long sleeve button down shirt— inviting the “jogger’s look” into business wear. This trademark of sorts comes together to form a collection — withal brand — that exhibits his cool, refined take on men’s apparel.