For men’s, the CFDA’s Menswear Designers of the Year clearly felt emboldened to experiment. For years, they have successfully married British tailoring with American workwear. This season they dropped the British half of the equation altogether, and also returned to their denim origins. They fashioned denim, chambray and duck canvas into factorywear that was alternately very pared down or curiously reconstituted. (They never placed the utility pockets quite where one expects.) To be sure, the designers showed tailored suits, too, but with baggy shapes and humble fabrics, the suits had more in common with workwear than haberdashery. One blazer was comprised of scraps. Meanwhile, the sweaters were artfully unraveling. It all added up to a too-literal interpretation of a laborer.

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