The 10 Things You Need to Know From New York Fashion Week: Men's

1:45 PM 7/15/2016

by Stephanie Chan

It wasn't just about the good-looking models (though that didn't hurt, either). From Kellan Lutz in the front row to John Varvatos' intimate show, here's your cheat sheet to what happened at NYFW:M.

Models at the Tommy Hilfiger spring 2017 menswear presentation.
Models at the Tommy Hilfiger spring 2017 menswear presentation.
Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger

Just like that, the third season of New York Fashion Week: Men's is done.

The spring 2017 runway presentations were book ended by somber news events, with the police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile weighing on hearts and minds at the beginning of the week, and the terrorist attack in Nice at the end.

On Tuesday, stylist Hannah Stoudemire staged a silent Black Lives Matter protest to push the industry to be more involved with the movement (and it's safe to say she got everyone talking).

John Varvatos closed out the week with an intimate presentation at The Django jazz club at The Roxy Hotel on Thursday evening, followed by an afterparty and special performance by Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown at the designer's 315 Bowery boutique.

Here's a recap of what went down at New York Fashion Week: Men's.

  • King of the Front Row

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    Among the men's fashion week ambassadors appointed by the Council of Fashion Designers of America to add some bold face swagger to the shows, Kellan Lutz seemed most committed to his gig, attending what felt like almost every show. Perhaps he was getting paid more than the others? Whatever the case may be, he appeared to be enjoying himself. Just look at him mugging with this French bulldog!

    D'AWW: Kellan Lutz and visits designer Bumsuk Choi and his dog Sundea backstage at the General Idea spring 2017 show. (Photo: Monica Schipper/Getty Images Entertainment)

  • Slam Dunk

    From left: Shabazz Muhammad, Andre Iguodala and Dahntay Jones
    From left: Shabazz Muhammad, Andre Iguodala and Dahntay Jones
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    In addition to the fitness brands that popped up on the runway (Under Armour shirts at Tim Coppens and Reebok at N.Hoolywood), a number of athletes made the rounds at fashion week. Snowboarder Shaun White, Minnesota Timberwolves' Shabazz Muhammad, Golden State Warriors' Andre Iguodala and Cleveland Cavalier's Dahntay Jones were on the scene. Talk about a street-style slam dunk.

  • Urban Romantic

    Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for John Varvatos

    Leave it to Varvatos to woo the crowd. For his latest menswear show, the designer invited guests to experience his designs up-close and personal at The Roxy Hotel's underground nightclub The Django. His latest outing featured rock 'n' roll flair with a touch of romance that made this collection one of his best in some time, with the toughness of moto jackets softened by linen neck scarves and slim trousers.

  • On Track

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    This season's sporty vibe continued with a modern update on the classic tracksuit. Tommy Hilfiger, Todd Snyder and Stampd's Chris Stamp offered retro styles that brought to mind Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenebaums. Chas Tenenbaum would be proud.

  • Think Pink

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    "We saw a lot of pastel fresh colors for guys, specifically dusty pink," said Sam Lobban, buying manager for Mr. Porter, at the e-commerce site's block party during NYFW:M. Indeed, a handful of collections — Rochambeau, John Elliott and Brett Johnson included — showcased at least one rosy look. Here's to giving Brad Pitt's 2009 Cannes suit a run for its money.

  • Socks + Sandals

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    Who are you calling old? For guys at Timo Weiland, Stampd and Uri Minkoff, the socks and sandals combo was far from what you're used to seeing grandpa in. What might normally be considered a fashion faux pas was given major street cred as Stampd paired a lightweight anorak and relaxed shorts with mid-calf socks and leather slip-ons. Minkoff also gave the look a youthful update as he showed off his shorts suits with crew socks and strappy metallic sandals.

  • Relax, Dude

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    Comfort continues to be a priority. "In terms of trousers, I'm seeing a more relaxed chino, a wider leg chino, which is much easier to wear in the summer," added Dan Rookwood, the US editor of Mr. Porter. Not only did the baggy trouser trend from the Paris runways dominate NYFW:M, cuffed bottoms (as seen at Nick Graham, which was attended by Bill Nye) and drawstring pants (spotted at Brett Johnson) were also a fashion hit. 

  • All Tied Up

    Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for John Varvatos

    Move over, chokers. It's time for men's neck scarves to shine. John Varvatos, Palmier du Mal and David Hart for Hart Schaffner added a romantic side to their collections with this season's must-have accessory. 

  • Take Flight

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    Bomber jackets remain a favorite among designers, as Ovadia & Sons and Perry Ellis presented forest green versions and David Naman got playful with the outerwear in a light pink hue.

  • Stripes on Stripes on Stripes

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    Stripes are coming in a variety of sizes and colors this season, as Tommy Hilfilger and Michael Kors give the shape an Americana twist. Stampd also put its stamp of approval (get it?) on stripes with a matching hoodie and above-the-knee shorts.