Packing for NY Fashion Week
September 20th, 2013
New York Fashion Week can be an intimidating, and sometimes hilarious, style scene.
Although the days of hardcore peacocking have, well, peaked, I would still consider it the best time to pull-off unexpected or experimental pieces.
I was traveling from LA to NYC, then on to Toronto for some consulting work, so I tried to keep it simple but pack a couple statement pieces.
Here’s three outfits that I wore during our NYFW, and a brief recap of our trip.
1. Meetings and Pre-Game
Our first day in town consisted of several meetings with advertisers and web developers, followed by the #FallClassicNYC: a streetball game between menswear bloggers and influencers.
I’m typically a very light traveler (one carry-on duffle only) so I try to pack basic items that I can wear several times throughout my trip (like neutral pocket tees, black jeans, and penny loafers).
For Fashion Week I threw in a couple pieces that I’ve been itching to wear but haven’t found the right occasion. For example; this vintage silk print jacket from the 80’s.
This thing is straight from somebody’s grandma’s closet (it even had velcro-removable shoulder pads), but I was immediately drawn to the print when I saw it hanging in an NYC vintage shop.
I’ve also been obsessed with silk lately. I think it’s the most underrated fabric in menswear. On the low, I may be designing a small collection of exclusive silk pieces for men through a connect in Thailand…
Black penny loafers are a go-to for traveling.
They’re comfortable, easy to slip on and off, and they can be worn with anything from casual or formal.
2. Hitting The Shows
The next day was all about bouncing from one fashion show to another, so we wanted to look sharp but be comfortable.
Formalwear is by far my favorite category of menswear. It’s beautiful, graceful and masculine all at the same time. Over the years I’ve amassed a small collection of tuxedos and dinner jackets that I’ve designed via my good friends at Michael Andrews Bespoke. The only problem is finding enough occasions to wear them…so I tend to get creative.
I love combining formal pieces with casual ones, like a dinner jacket and velvet slippers with a linen t-shirt and waxed jeans.
Again, fashion week is a time to take some risks and celebrate style in your favorite clothes.
I actually drew-up this dinner jacket during my time studying Menswear Design at the Fashion Institute of NYC. It’s defining features are subtle but striking: cream hopsack fabric, black grosgrain lapels, sharp-angled shawl, one toggle-button closure, square-finished front cutaway, self-covered buttons…
Why not tie-in the formal/casual theme with a shoe that could go both ways, like a black velvet slipper.
- Black/Grey shades by Matsuda Eyewear
- Off-white hopsack dinner jacket
- Black cotton/linen v-neck t-shirt by Kenneth Cole
- Necklaces from NYC Street Artist
- “Stella” Watch by Brera Orologi
- Brass railroad spike cuff bracelet by Giles & Brother
- Black waxed jeans by Nudie Jeans
- Black velvet tassel slippers by Stubbs & Wooton
3. Gala & After Party
Alex and I weren’t sure if this event was ‘black tie’ or not, so we both went with the trusty solid-colored suit + white shirt + black tie combo.
Burgundy is a terrific color for evening wear. It’s subtle and looks especially regal in a dimly lit room.
It also looks very sleek against black accessories.
Thanks, as always, for reading. Some exciting updates coming up!
Yours in style,
Articles of Style
Photography by Alex Crawford.