Now that the global fashion calendar has shifted and Madison Avenue Men’s Style Month has come to a close, it’s worth a look back at a few of the menswear designers featured at New York Men’s Day (NYMD) for Spring/Summer 2023 who offered looks that directionally celebrated a return to in-real-life interactions. Cast against the rest of the global menswear shows and presentations, NYMD was a riot of ingenuity and a return to sartorial normalcy from many different perspectives.
Trends spotted include the return of the suit in more relaxed and non-traditional forms, often paired with sandals and almost never with ties. Gender free offerings were again on prominent display – which at this point I think has moved from a conversation of trend to a conversation on labeling fashion itself. Below from my vantage point, were five NYMD standouts worthy of attention:
Designer Stephen Mikhal took us on a journey of Egyptian discovery – more specifically his line was inspired by the discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb by Howard Carter in 1922. And indeed yes, this line is a discovery of luxuriously tailored items constructed from fine fabrics and natural ones. Mikhal seems to revel in the challenge of working with difficult textiles and the effect is intoxicating – like the belted leisure suit in electric blue made from tightly woven Iraca palm and the tweed suit in midnight blue and gold that gave the effect of encasing the model in layered rope carpet.