Complex Made Simple

Ready-to-Wear men take their walk

From retro to rock n’ roll, all sorts of unpredictable creations and styles were highlighted as fashion brands and designers released their Ready-to-Wear designs for Spring/Summer 2016.

Below is a recap of what caught our, and the world’s, attention:

John Varvatos

Renowned figures from the worlds of music, photography and other celebrities filled the seats at the John Varvatos New York Fashion Week: Men’s; the final show that brought the week to an end.

“Music and fashion are incestuous. All musicians want to be fashion designers and all designers want to be musicians,” Varvatos told the New York Time, explaining that he previously wanted to become a rock star and a singer, before channelling this energy into fashion design.

The love for music and life in the limelight still lingers inside his soul, evident through his spring 2016 collection. Inspired by the 1970s Rock n’ Roll music scene. Some of the main looks that highlighted his show included boldly striped suits, band-inspired jackets, and silhouette-defining leather garments, all in a palette of the basic colours of white, black and grey.

Polo Ralph Lauren

For the collection, Polo presented iconic, timeless pieces that were fine-tuned to fit the modern man resulting in a fresh, contemporary look.

The brand combined different elements from the worlds of “tailored, technical and rugged… creating suits in tan, grey and navy are polished yet relaxed,” it said in a statement.

The relaxed notion was evident in the usage of lightweight fabrics, naturally suiting the season, narrow notch lapels and soft shoulders, making even the classiest of suits more practical, with clearer silhouettes and less predictability surrounding the entire collection.

While the overall collection had more of a casual feel to it, a double-breasted silhouette featured on a trim navy tuxedo presented a pleasant surprise.

Thom Browne

Presented in a mirrored box of infinite reflections, 28 models stood dressed in Browne’s signature gray Chesterfield coats, shrunken blazers, cropped pants and skinny ties, a collection celebrating uniformity and life at the office.

“This is the celebration of the uniform,” Browne said backstage during the show. “And it speaks to the strength of American men’s tailored clothing here in New York,” according to the New York Times.

It was not the first time Browne featured such installation-like elements to his shows. During one of his past Pitti Uomo shows the American designer showcased a room full of desks on which typewriters were placed. In the New York reference, there was a single desk and a typewriter dipped in silver, presenting a “more glamorous version of that show,” he said.

Todd Snyder

Todd Snyder took a trip to Capri for spring, pushing the line-up into very leisure-inspired territory with hibiscus-print shorts and safari jackets, soft linen drawstring pants and indigo terry cloth polos.

Creating a balance, Snyder also offered some business-appropriate cotton suits and sharp spring trench coats, adding to the popularity of the trench coat trend that featured heavily throughout the fashion week.

The show also features some looks from the designer’s collaborations, such as faded tank tops and sweatshirts, a bomber blended with linen from his Champion line and artisanal leather sandals from his Cole Haan association.