Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Runway Recap New York Fashion Week: Men's from Trends to the Models Themselves, Diversity Was on Display

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Runway Recap New York Fashion Week: Men's from Trends to the Models Themselves, Diversity Was on Display

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NEW YORK - From the styles to the space to the spectacle of it all, there was a lot to soak up at New York Fashion Week: Men's.

The four-day event devoted to menswear was trumpeted as New York City's first men's fashion week. But by the end, there were murmurings that perhaps it wasn't. Some longtime fashion press remembered covering a men's-focused fashion showcase of sorts "back before the Internet," one former journalist said. The New York Times addressed the question in its ThursdayStyles section, pointing out that in 1995 the nonprofit Seventh on Sixth (responsible for mounting fashion week at Bryant Park) brought together 23 menswear designers under one roof for runway shows and presentations. For one reason or another, the endeavor fizzled out.

Nevertheless, what took place last week in New York City was the first of its kind: a men's fashion week with 40-plus emerging and established designers under the direction of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. The fact that it was held at the Skylight Clarkson Sq in downtown Manhattan - one of two new future homes for the bi-annual women's New York Fashion Week come September - made things even a little bit more interesting.

The venue was a good choice, although a bit out of the way compared with other fashion weeks headquartered at Lincoln Center and Bryant Park. Being tucked away on a street (versus a large plaza) gave it more of a sense of exclusivity. However, this limited the sprawling street style scene that has engulfed the plaza at Lincoln Center. Instead, people took to neighboring sidewalks to snap their pictures, and Cadillac - a sponsor of the event - had a street-style photo booth set up outside where people could have their photo taken and it would show up on a digital photo wall inside the venue. On the celebrity front, Tyson Beckford and Joe Jonas were among the regular show hoppers, and Pittsburgh's own Billy Porter was spotted at the Hickey Freeman presentation on the rooftop of The Standard Hotel.

On the runway, designers impressed with their diverse takes on dressing the modern man. How they presented him also received praise. Models of color and different ethnicities were well represented at the men's shows, contrary to what's typically seen at womenswear shows. According to a story published by the Huffington Post, in the first three days alone of New York Fashion Week: Men's 90 models of color appeared in shows and presentations.

And then there were the trends. "These are clothes a man actually would want to wear," one attendee commented. From rugged to refined, designers offered plenty of range for spring/summer 2016. Here's a sampling of some of the prominent trends ...

* Monochromatic palettes: When it came to color, designers kept it simple by often times sticking with one per look. …

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