NEW YORK — Though most of the attention during New York Fashion Week is paid to women's wear, the Council of Fashion Designers of America and GQ celebrated men's designers in Midtown last week to help kick off The Best New Menswear Designers in America project, which aims to recognize and support rising stars of men's fashion.
Daiki Suzuki and Angelo Urrutia of Engineered Garments; Stefan Miljanic of Gilded Age, Obedient Sons' Swaim Hutson and Christina Hutson; Rag & Bone's David Neville and Marcus Wainwright; Spurr's Simon Spurr, and designer Steven Alan were nominated by GQ for participation in the project. A panel of judges including the CFDA's Steven Kolb, John Varvatos and Jim Nelson, GQ editor in chief, will next month pick one of the six designers or teams as the winner of a $50,000 cash prize and the chance to create a capsule collection for Levi's around its original 501 button-fly jeans and a mentoring initiative led by GQ, Levi's and Bloomingdale's. Additionally, an item or outfit from the winner's collection for Levi's will be featured in the September issue of GQ.
Those attending last Wednesday's event included Michael Kors, John Varvatos, Isaac Mizrahi, Johan Lindeberg, Michael Bastian, Thom Browne, Anna Zegna and André 3000, who launched his own men's wear line, Benjamin Bixby, last week.
"In America, men's wear has always taken a backseat to women's wear, and it's nice to see a lot of young talent coming up in America right now whether it's West Coast or New York. For me, as a designer, it's very stimulating to see that," said Varvatos of the event.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty