After a whirlwind of European events, the fashion world descends on American soil for New York Fashion Week. This season comes with some intrigue as the entire event has been completely decentralized. Some are calling it “Commuter Week” because there is no host venue for the shows. Uptown, downtown, Brooklyn and everywhere in between will see action. It’s sure to put a lot of money in the pockets of cab and Uber drivers all over New York. So far the men’s presentations have been as expected: boring. The American Heritage/Denham Psycho look has officially taken over American designers and it’s become terribly predictable. I could not be less excited for what MIchael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Ernest Alexander, Gilded Age or any of those other brands have to offer these days. Even Tom Ford seemed uninspired. After painstakingly making my way through the presentations, one show caught my eye so I figured I would write about it.
Carlos Campos is a relative newcomer to the fashion scene (his first line launched in 2006). He has, however, been able to make some waves in such a short time. He’s become a celebrity favorite and while his specialty was originally menswear, he has since launched a successful women’s line as well. He is committed to a practical, clean aesthetic and that is usually obvious when you look at his clothes. For his Fall/Winter 2014 collection, he was inspired by the cowboy of the future. His specific influence were the Guachos of Argentina. He set out to craft a masculine line that was very wearable and precise. His color palate was “deep space” and overall I think he was successful. I like the dark navy and white combination along with neoprene jackets and printed button up shirts. The shoes, hats and scarves are also very nice finishing touches. Cowboy seems to be a big theme this year (and I guess it kind of always is), but as long as it keeps the masculinity in menswear, then I’m all for it.