If you’re not aware that I write menswear, surprise! I do. You can catch my musings about men’s fashion and grooming for LOGO Network’s NewNowNext site regularly as one of their Fashion and Grooming Editors. I talk about all things menswear and flawless complexions for their audience.
As part of my lifelong love affair with beautifully executed menswear, I received a chance to review the DKNY Menswear collection for Fall 2012. Design Director Garry Martin created collection that spoke to the very heart of the brand, which is a closet of basic essentials for the urban warrior.
One of the things those of us who live in urban environments understand (and one of the things that DKNY takes seriously) is our inherent lack of time and closet space. This requires a wardrobe that can do double duty, which is exactly what Martin provided the gents with this collection, filled with necessities with that great touch of luxury. It was a mixture of flannels, faux shearling, tweeds, and moleskin and just the right touches of leather, ripstop nylon and waxed cotton. In short, a wardrobe of separates that’s ready for anything city life has to throw at it.
Divided into three parts, the DKNY Menswear Fall 2012 Presentation was shown as an installation against the shimmering backdrop of the Manhattan skyline as the band HOLY GHOST! performed a live set. Editors were treated to a salute to the urban warrior, starting with DKNY Tailored Clothing. Slim suiting was the name of the game with this collection in a variety of silhouettes from double-breasted pinstripes to slate and midnight two-button slim suiting pieces. From modern banker to fashion-forward creative exec, these pieces are hard working for those who work hard for the money.
The second part of the collection was DKNY MEN sportswear, which was pure genius in my opinion. This is where sportswear took a genius turn with two items that have my undying love: a blazer and a trenchcoat reinterpreted in ripstop nylon. As in, puffer coats reinterpreted as slim outerwear. You know, for the guy who insists on wearing those separates way past time where the weather will agree with his fashion choices? Those pieces are for him. Another lovely standout was a baseball jacket with leather chest panels and a slim body. Cozy, casual but stylish.
The final stop was Pure DKNY, which is filled with those cozy, throw-it-on separates that are like a hug when you come home. Sweaters that already looked like old friends were paired with relaxed slacks and jackets (the slate grey peacoat is a particular standout.) These are great weekend separates and will make fantastic travel pieces. They’ll look as good at your destination as they will when you take off.
Check out the gallery below. If you’re shopping for menswear come fall, be sure to add a few essential urban (or suburban) warrior pieces from DKNY Menswear to the arsenal.