Gilded Age designer Stefan Miljanic has a theory about speed. "Everyone loves going fast," he says. "Kids, adults -- we all have the same smile on our face." And so his fall menswear collection was an homage to the restless, dare-devilish style of racers. He wasn't the only designer revving into high gear. The menswear runways in Europe last month were full of military looks, and that trend continued here during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week as well.
The Gilded Age collection includes this Soft Goatskin Leather Moto Jacket, worn with garment dyed cords, dark plaid shirt-- plus goggles and a bike helmet, of course. (Motorcycle, optional.)
Gilded Age, known for its distressed denim and vintage inspiration, is looking cleaner, sleeker, in darker shadowy shades come fall. Expect biker jackets, garment dyed pants and denim with a bit of stretch-- for all those hours you put in sitting on your Harley.
Nautica looked to New England for inspiration, churning out a collection fit for sailmakers, dockhands, admirals and coastal prepsters, including this navy wool "Menemsha" stadium coat, with shearling inside, worn atop a Nantucket green plaid oxford, green Shetland wool "gear jacket" and five-pocket cordouroy pants.
Go straight for the accessories at Richard Chai Love, like his Richard Chai for Palladium rubber-soled high-tops, or the Godzilla-size backpacks from Filson.
The Filson outerwear at the Richard Chai Love show was strong and sporty, though the stylists may be a little idealistic if they think most men will gravitate toward an hourglass figure look. Uncinch the belt just a little, would ya?
Part military, party classic Americana: Michael Bastian pairs a stone cotton velvet suit with a denim military shirt and dressed up with a boutonniere -- but no ordinary flower, oh, no -- this one is a picture of a flower and made of resin.
It's the details that count with Billy Reid, who packs his signature Southern charm into preppified classics, such as this mohair hand-knit sweater and hand-tailored trousers.
Classic with a twist -- and a magnifying glass -- Simon Spurr's technical wool trench with bonded sweater-knit houndstooth pattern, worn with a cashmere rollneck sweater and lean wool cigarette pant.
From Tommy Hilfiger, a high-octane pairing of leather motorcycle pants with a burgundy wool flannel suit jacket and wool turtleneck sweater.
Sentinels of style: DKNY Men had its models standing at attention, dressed in edgy bombers, biker jackets and coats with multiple pockets.
Nautica races to the finish line with this Atlantic blue cotton cargo vest and a cadet blue cotton cable-knit sweater with nautical flags on the shoulder.
Charlie Brown gets a makeover with Michael Bastian's "Charlie" Ben Sweater, worn with a plaid button-down shirt, pinstripe pant and a hat by popular, upscale milliner Eugenia Kim.
Simon Spurr opened his runway show with this gray shadow-plaid three-piece suit with notch lapels, a purple microstripe dress shirt with white collar and a lean black necktie.
In the Tommy Hilfiger collection of hyper-military looks (few of which may actually be produced-- will guys really go for all that military braid trim on coats and blazers?), there were sporty looks that seemed more of a sure thing, like this navy wool double-breasted suit jacket worn over a navy turtleneck with diagonal rugby stripe, a modern and ultimately easy combo for regular guys to incorporate into their wardrobes.
Designers are testing the waters with low-crotch droopy pants, the look of kids on the street without having to wear your pants halfway (all the way) down your butt. Here, Duckie Brown, the British label that doesn't shy away from droopy, voluminous looks, offers up Harris tweed herringbone jacket and twisted inseam panel trouser.