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Light Layers, Cropped Silos Dominate Capsule Collections at NYFW

Design cues from the athletic world and retro styling were on display at the Capsule Collections Spring ’16 presentation on Thursday at Skylight Clarkson Square for New York Fashion Week: Men’s. The presentation showcased seven designers that are exhibiting this week at Capsule New York, offering a snapshot into modern menswear.

Maiden Noir

Athletic styling remains strong for Spring ’16. U.K.-based Baartmans and Siegel showed color contrasting double layer shorts with a drawstring, track jackets and jackets with water-resistant pockets. At Maiden Noir, standout looks were a white windbreaker paired with matching pants cinched at the ankles, as well as jogger-style trousers with an elastic waist.

Second Layer

A vintage, 1950s influence also ran through the collections. CMMN SWDN showed high waisted trousers, cropped pants and boxy jackets, while Second/Layer’s California skate-inspired collection also had a retro flavor, featuring wide-cut pinstripe shorts, ribbed tanks and a suede motorcycle jacket.

Matthew Miller delivered a relaxed feel to classic men’s constructions with a bold use of texture in his eponymous line. Creased fabrics in a neutral palette dominated the collection, from a slim suit to a short-sleeve shirt worn over a collared button-up. In contrast, Camo played with oversized silhouettes, volume and lightness with a collection featuring wide jackets, shorts and V-neck shirts.


Blackfist set itself apart with strong patterns in a line inspired by combination of ’80s thrash skate scene and indie Troma films like the Toxic Adventure series. Models wore black-and-white stripes and abstract Hawaiian shirts with shoes splattered in green paint. Denim jackets and trench coats sharpened looks. The frenzy of patterns along with cropped trousers and athletic headbands gave the collection a “lost boys” feel.