Fashion Weeks: ‘New York, New York’

While the fashion circus has landed in London, I still want you to show the most creative looks spotted on the catwalks in New York. Just like Frank Sinatra sang: ‘I want to be part of it, New York, New York.’

And that’s exactly what Thom Browne must have thought as well. Browne eventually pursued an acting career. But when he realized that acting wasn’t his best path, he sold his car and moved to New York where he started working as a salesman for Giorgio Armani. But the tailoring skills, he learned at Ralph Lauren.

In 2001, he launched his namesake label. What started with five suits, which he alternately wore in the streets of New York to promote his first collection, has become a successful men’s, women’s and accessories line. Moreover, he has become one of the key players of the New York fashion scene.

The man is known for his avant-garde creations. Mind the shoes that look a lot like ice skates. Or the pantsuit made out of loops. And don’t forget the cute ‘dogbag’. For a piece of the American designer you’ll have to pop over the Channel to London (Selfridges, Dover Street Market) or take a trip to Paris (the cult shop Colette or Le Bon Marché). Photos: 1 – 4, Reuters, Lucas Jackson

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I don’t know what comes to your mind when I say Calvin Klein, but in my case I can only visualize men’s underwear. Not exactly pieces that require a lot of fabric. And that’s why creative director Raf Simons has to put the iconic American brand on the fashion map again.

The fashion journalists who think highly of the Belgian designer since his passage at Dior, has made a successful debut. Vogue journalist Suzy Menkes and chief fashion critic of The New York Times Vanessa Friedman were praising.  

The men’s and women’s collections clearly had American influences (cowboy boots and the Stars and Stripes as skirt), nylon transparent tops and bright primary and secondary colours (such as magenta, red, blue, green) which gave the uniform look another dimension. Photos: 5 – 7, Reuters, Andrew Kelly

Thanks to Reuters for the images.

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