New York Fashion Week–Fall 2012 Collections
After a long period of relative minimalism and conservatism, menswear has once again become a rapidly-changing (and fast-growing) part of the fashion business. In many ways, it’s also become my new love: there are so many chic, new options for men these days. And while some designers make clothes only models or rock stars can wear, their collections are often full of great ideas: and it’s those ideas that keep me on the lookout for what’s next.
New York-based Antonio Azzuolo is one menswear designer with a broad range. His presentation at Milk Studios (in a fabulous, high-ceilinged white room filled with tons of light) featured an appealing lineup of boys in long, baggy trousers, well-tailored jackets and graphic sweaters. The models were young, but I could still see this look on a businessman or creative type who wants something hipper than J. Press. Granted, short jackets and short pants might not appeal to the average guy–but everything was beautifully cut from wonderful fabrics. I also loved the shoes and eyewear, which looked both classic and contemporary at the same time. After the brief show, I went backstage to congratulate Antonio. He’s a charming man with a lot of talent!
Photographs by Stéphane Israël