Trend watching is a habitual hobby.
But even trend watching can rise to a swooning pedestal when done ahead of time.
With an iconic Indian idol Hanuman, Lord of Strength, poised by one of the brands, the event showcased a few brands that disclosed their SS16 collections to public stood out as progressive forays into menswear in particular.
BlackFist, seen before in NYFWM continued with a distressed and toxic theme, this time bringing in the woven sailor vibe with my favorite shorts of the show.
Playing with words was a dominant trend, favorite by Homme Boy with a tweak on “Made in China” by supplementing it bluntly with “FV$#ed in USA”. While brand Mostly Heard Rarely Seen was a cool retro brand where the very namesake reminded me of my own life!
Dr Collector’s with its “Cowboys make better lovers” showed the comeback of casual jumpers and plaid, retro and fitted, reminding me of my own past brush with cowboy fashion. Dweeb, underplaying their acronym of “Don’t Wanna Ever End-Up Broke”, had cheeky twists to simple, modern clothing.
God’s Masterful Children (GMC) was a denim line that reminded me of Balmain’s denim distressed knees, upgrading menswear to patchwork and golden print hues. Iconic at Saks already, the brand was a favorite in the denim sightings.
TenTree belonged to one of the most environmentally responsible brands, planting ten trees for every purchase. Tees and hats were comfortable and organic, with inspiring quotes or earthy prints. A collection of artifacts from popular tree plantations were present, including India’s favorite strength idol Hanuman.
Bellroy of Australia went the smart wallet and packaging way, with a smart campaign of using a coin roller to bucket cards together in a leather wallet, versus separate leather filing for each. Definitely a smart, and minimalistic approach. Quite the antithesis of my other favorite accessory, a bowtie, presented at Capsule Show in a solid gold (or porcelain) format to elevate nights into literally solid endeavor. Of other accessories, plenty of brands offered unique focus points. In watches, Shore Projects was impressive with interchangeable dials and straps in simple, metallic hues.
With shoes, I found the glitz of gigantic rhinestones on Lobo shoes to be unique and favorable, showcasing the bling trend to sustain itself through 2015, thankfully! Krewe of New Orleans had well harvested materials for inventive eyewear, made with hand crafted accents and wireframes.
Triumph and Disaster was an Australian grooming line with very masculine packaging and naming from its “Old Fashion Shaving Cream” to “Rock & Roll Suicide Face Scrub” all in black packaging. The tube compressor made popular by the Walmarts for frugal tube usage was an axe, a clever and beautiful addition to any men’s bathroom.
Many other sightings came my way, including a trigonometric ruler bracelet and a sunset hued man-clutch.
Alongside some unisex jewelry inspired by Indian gem stone design: the kundan in particular, as well as the concept of having gemstones touching the skin when worn.
However, as all things may come to a (literally) sizzling end, so did Capsule Show’s iconic Vegas outpost.
Till next season!