One of the most impressive things about the inaugural New York Fashion Week Men's collections on Monday, was the freedom and creativity displayed in design. In the past American ready-to-wear, especially American men's ready-to-wear has been pretty synonymous with conservative, preppy attire that is more fitting on a boat deck than on a runway.
But that is, obviously, a thing of the past, as was clearly displayed at the Kenneth Ning Spring 2016 presentation, where lace face masks, geometric printed suits, and delicately floral patterned jackets mixed it up in an amalgam of middle eastern influences. Sure, not all of these pieces seemed mainstream-marketable, but it was great to see a designer having actual ideas for menswear. And certainly, there is plenty of room for personal interpretation, and styling of the pieces individually, which bodes well for the consumer come Spring.
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