Ever had a glint of metal catch your eye and make you blink?
Oversized and broody were perhaps the immediate adjectives that came to mind when I was seated under the spotlight in the front row of this peculiarly refreshing fashion show. Had it not been for the dash of sparkle from the metal accents on classic outerwear. Formerly with a futuristic approach to travel was South Korean Designer Bumsuk Choi at his last collection, he chose to reveal a modern, edgy collection for General Idea at New York Fashion Week Mens (NYFWM). Quite a disparate line from his formerly futuristic look, he had what looked like classic pieces, just fitted to lusciously dark colors and trending voluminous sizes.
Volume was an evident trend this season, and his was a play on proportions, primarily using larger trousers and palazzos with slimmer shirts, or vice versa. Similar to last season, much of his outerwear had metallic loops, zippers and hardware to accent them in a unique and compelling way.
I quite liked the array of black outerwear, surprisingly, since I usually opt for splashes of color. These had ornate flattened circular studs and grommets, like mirrors, running across either collars or down sleeves or on hemlines, giving them an enviable winter perfect sheen.
Swooping belts through extra large grommets gave the runway a playful vibe, contrasting with the structured clothing. Greys blended well with blues, like an asymmetric shirt-dress with a blue collar, or a grey fur cowl with a pair of matching grey pieces. Longer knee length oversized hoodies and utilitarian style multi-pocketed outerwear was also seen aplenty, and liked in a snowy grey hue.
I obviously eyed the more colorful pieces more closely. A jacket was layered over a burgundy tunic with cropped pants, and two plush winter coats in velvet and waterproof fabrics exuded polished charm with their wine red and blood red hues. A red men’s bomber with a black knit turtleneck lining was also a stellar alternative to traditional winter staples. The designs repeated themselves in forest green and khaki hues, appealing to those who preferred the neutral colors, but still enjoyed the boxy and utilitarian details that were a staple this season.
With a blend of street and refined style, reflected in functionally fit outerwear and a dazzle of chunky metal accents, fall styles were all set to rock.