New York finally did what it should have done a long time ago. As the fashion industry leader of North America, New York has joined cities like Los Angeles, Vancouver and London and embarked on it’s first Men’s Fashion Week. Belgian-born designer Tim Coppens has been based out of New York since 2011 and on Wednesday, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund-nominated designer exhibited his spring/summer 2016 menswear collection.
Although Coppens has showcased his brand around the world in previous Fashion Weeks, the strictly men’s looks inspired by street art and skateboarding personified the casual ruggedness of New York. He called his own collection a “melting pot” reflecting the original melting pot of America-the culturally diverse New York.
The luxury menswear collection beamed an overall lighter palette with cloud-like baby blues and greys.
This set of modern sportswear let colors take the wheel as opposed to the 2015 spring looks where only one bright electric blue made the cut as a background hue in a camo or zebra-like design. Coppens manipulated a variety of textures mostly through his jackets and coats (peep the pocketed blue velvet jacket as opposed to the sleek grey one.) The experimentation with color and the looser fit of the fabrics amplified the playful and celebratory tone of the runway at the first New York Men’s Fashion Week.