Costume National was one of the design houses that most impressed this year so far at New York fashion week. The reason my head is spinning isn’t for it’s over the top color blocking or avant gaurd styling, but for something that seems to be a lot harder to find in men’s fashion lately: the clothes are wearable.
The looks are slim, fitted, generally solids with subtle details in construction and lining and always modern and cool. With clear influences from the 80’s one can see this collection on the likes of everyone from Steven Tyler to a young Patrick Dempsey. I’m loving the use of color – especially in the full red ensemble toward the end of the show. Worn together for a fashion forward event or separated with neutrals, that electric red is something too often forgotten in menswear. The other trend of this collection is in separates – the costume man dresses in many light weight layers, mixing pattern, texture and shade for a bohemian look made polished with darker and more sophisticated fabrics. I really can’t get enough. I’d wear just about all of it. Stay tuned for when these looks hit stores, I’ll be sure to tip you off as soon as I know.