Despite the stormy weather that Raf Simons’ umbrella toting, outerwear-clad models suggested, it’s been sunny and steamy this week as New York Fashion Week: Men’s unfolds around Manhattan. As always, we’re just as excited to observe the action on the streets as we were to attend shows and presentations. Without a doubt, Raf Simons’ second show in New York under his own label was the ticket of the week, and he proved that he is continuing to surprise and enlighten youth culture.
“Raf challenges the status quo and typical codes of menswear, and for all the right reasons,” says Barneys Men’s EVP Tom Kalenderian. “Throughout history, menswear has evolved dramatically, and we are at one of these crossroads affecting not only style but the way men shop. The message from such a thoughtful designer as Raf, is much more than just about the clothes, it reveals many layers and theories that provoke and create change—music to millennial ears.” There was plenty of other tunes for those ears too, as designers like Ovadia & Sons and Willy Chavarria also challenged the status quo. Scroll on for our highlights from a fascinating week of fashion that’s sure to define the seasons to come.
SHOP ALL MEN’S
RAF SIMONS NEW CODES OF MENSWEAR
Raf Simons’ cinematic show was at a supermarket on East Broadway in Chinatown. Despite a gritty setting and lots of protective gear like umbrellas and hats, the collection was an unexpected and elevated take on preppy—even sporty—pieces like khakis, sweatpants, varsity jackets, and knits.
THE WIT OF WILLY CHAVARRIA
“From who he is personally to the way he presents his collections and their political and social messaging, I love that Willy Chavarria is such a nonconformist. He also doesn’t take himself too seriously always employing tongue-and-cheek wit that’s never too cerebral. He’s just so talented,” said Senior Buyer Andrew Caldwell.
Pictured: Eric Rutherford
OVADIA & SONS NEW LUXURY
“Clearly Ariel and Shimon have their fingers on the pulse of their target customers. It’s really something to see how they effortlessly transitioned a brand originally based on sartorial luxury to now represent what we truly consider luxurious today. They delivered a powerful and colorful collection of sportswear that’s interesting to guys who want to dress casually yet always look smart,” said Tom Kalenderian.
Ovadia & Sons SS18
Nick Wooster is a master of subtle, clever styling. We love the sporty touch that the stripes bring to these pants and the mix of oxfords and a denim jacket.
ALL ABOUT THE TEE
The T-shirt is a key player as streetwear continues to be pervasive this season and beyond.