The 5th Element Mag’s NYFW Picks

The 5th Element Mag's NYFW Picks

After another year, another NYFW coming to a close, the settled dust left only but a few collections in clear view and standing strong, outflexing the weaker competition.  Pay attention to these brands that deserved recognition, as per the usual, their collections and looks will be worn, or at the very least, mimicked, in the coming months.  Though the stuff shown throughout the week were a mere preview as to what you may find your favorite tastemaker dipped in soon enough, we’re pretty sure that the strong showings of Public School NYC, Shades of Grey, Pyer Moss, Mark McNairy, and Hood By Air are sure locks to be the hyped trends of the near future.  Click through to see if you can catch some of that lightning in a bottle a few months early and get some style inspiration from that new new.

Pyer Moss Spring/Summer 2014

For a brand that’s only a year old, it easily developed immunity to  the one-hit wonder syndrome with this year’s showing at NYFW.  Designer Kerby Jean-Raymond’s affinity for motorcycle culture clearly shines through in his collection, as obvious cues from the motorcross scene are evident in the clothes.  Dude was definitely wylin’ with the mix and match of cashmere, denim, and leather, producing looks that channeled both Jeremy McGrath and Ryan Gosling from A Place Beyond The Pines.  Now it goes without saying, but if you happen to channel any ounce of that dude Gosling’s swagger, well, you’re clearly doing things right.

Pyer Moss S/S '14 at NYFW
Pyer Moss S/S '14 at NYFW
Pyer Moss S/S '14 at NYFW

Pyer Moss S/S '14 at NYFW
Pyer Moss S/S '14 at NYFW

Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen Spring/Summer 2014

Baseball jerseys, bucket hats, paneled bombers, tailored sweats – Micah Cohen you crazy (and super on-trend) for this one.  I could do without the socks and Birkenstocks look easy, but the rest?  Fuego.  It’s the cozy boy’s dream collection, really.  The pieces are versatile, letting you rock 5,000 levels of comfy while still looking like you’re the steeziest cat to ever step inside a lecture hall straight from hopping up outta bed.

Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen Spring/Summer '14 at NYFW

Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen Spring/Summer 2014 at NYFW

Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen Spring/Summer '14 at NYFW

Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen Spring/Summer '14 at NYFW

Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen Spring/Summer '14 at NYFW

Hood By Air Spring/Summer ’14

The polarizing brand of choice by hypebeasts and dudes who can name all members of the A$AP Mob faster than the average man, Hood By Air’s Spring/Summer ’14 showing at NYFW displayed a range of pieces from designer Shayne Oliver that indicated  a level of maturity that separated itself from the tees usually offered by the brand.  Looks ranged from straight up flagrant (think snowboard boots and some get up that looked like half boxing glove/half jelly fish)  to the more wearable (crisp button ups and full-zip overshirts).  It’s definitely a love-or-hate thing with HBA, though one thing’s for sure, the hype surrounding the brand isn’t expected to do die down anytime soon.  But I swear, if I see dudes walking around in snowboard shoes next April – and they’re NOT on or near any portion of a snow resort – I quit.  Okay maybe not quit.  But I’ll definitely have one rough No-Sign loaded in the chamber for ’em.  (And I know Pharrell did it a few years ago when he was off making chairs and what not, almost pulling off the look, BUT it should have ended there)

Hood By Air Spring/Summer '14 at NYFW

Hood By Air Spring/Summer '14 at NYFW

Hood By Air Spring/Summer '14 at NYFW

Hood By Air Spring/Summer '14 at NYFW

Hood By Air Spring/Summer '14 at NYFW

Mark McNairy Spring/Summer ’14

The man also known as “McNasty” simply put on a show that was just that.  Mark McNairy’s always tongue-in-cheek approach to fashion has continuously parlayed well into clothes that show how fashion need not be so serious every time.  Clever juxtapositions such as daisies and camo have been hits in the past, and for his Spring/Summer ’14 showing, he continues with that trend on some looks by incorporating brightly colored brogues with athletic shorts and zebra print shorts with a deconstructed blazer, amongst others.  The irreverent and playful tone of the show was evident throughout, further proven when The Woost God himself, Nick Wooster, and Pusha T wound up walking the runway themselves dripping in that McNasty swagu.

Mark McNairy Spring/Summer '14 at NYFW

Mark McNairy Spring/Summer '14 at NYFW
Mark McNairy Spring/Summer '14 at NYFW
Mark McNairy Spring/Summer '14 at NYFW

Mark McNairy Spring/Summer '14 at NYFW


Public School NYC Spring/Summer ’14

The personal favorites of the show had to be Public School NYC.  I mean, their collection easily walked away with the flawless victory after serving fatalities to most of the pack at NYFW.  Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne (not to be mistaken for the goverment names of Spiderman villains) are unequivocally killin’ it.  Their clean lines, perfect execution of high/low references, and deft ability to craft precisely refined yet wearable pieces are some of the things that made up a Spring/Summer collection that left us slack-jawed in amazement.  With such a duo who clearly knows what time it is, the result is a brand that skillfully balances the dynamic of high fashion with a distinct urban flair to it.

Public School NYC Spring/Summer '14 at NYFW
Public School NYC Spring/Summer '14 at NYFW

Public School NYC Spring/Summer '14 at NYFW

Public School NYC Spring/Summer '14 at NYFW

Public School NYC Spring/Summer '14 at NYFW

Photos courtesy of Four-Pins & Selectism

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Richard "Reach" Guinto

Reach loves the Lakers, breakfast, the sound of a Fender Rhodes, and rapping along word for word to Wu Tang's "Triumph." If you're looking for him, he's probably out getting chicken.

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