Earlier this week I visited The Spring/Summer ’13 Capsule Men’s Show. Always a feast for the eyes, this season’s installment was full of proven heritage go-tos and refined delicacies for the discerning gentleman. There was an air of confidence among many brands- those whose images grace well-appointed tumblr feeds worldwide.
The influence of ye olde tumblr, and the internet’s available outlets for posting street wears from Rio De Janeiro to St. Petersburg showed, as many brands aim their sights on the ultimate street look.
Vintage surf culture is definitely on trend for SS13- one of my favorites examples was Reyn Spooner. Their hawaiin/polynesian print shirts use all original patterns from the company’s archive in Hawaii. Shirts are under $100 a pop available in slim and regular cuts and a vast array of colors and prints to choose. Their allure felt genuine and timeless, naturally appealing to old timey beach bums just as effortlessly as Wayfarer-wearing fashion dudes.
One more point that I want to graze briefly upon is the concept of “cerebral style”- Seen below on t-shirts from Via Spare and Sunspel. There is something intriguingly playful, ironic and self-defeating about these, like the “CREEPING” tee from Via Spare. Both feel odd, yet delightfully so. It is a funny place that fashion goes with items like these and a I saw more than a few examples walking around the show.
Orange Crush Exports
Yesterday, my good friend and confidant, Russell Morse and I headed over to 11th Avenue in Chelsea to have a look at the Capsule Show Men’s Event. What we found was a blissfully curated selection of some of the finest menswear brands in the land.
As expected, there was a heavy overtone of timeless and classically inspired garb. Yet the industry did not feel stuck in the past, it felt exuberant and optimistic. Often we found our eyes drawn towards bold and playful prints from an assortment of designers. Many toyed with feminine inspirations, refreshingly hinting towards a looser, more explorative and expressive direction to men’s fashion.
Brooklyn’s own Oviada & SonsAriel Ovadia of Ovadia & Sons with his spread and a gorgeous silk/cashmere double-breasted jacket
Sweden’s Our LegacyNot the greatest visual, but the shorts hanging on the right had a fantastic muted/subtle color palette that we were particularly fond of.