Since the millennium, the fashion industry has witnessed a sea change. The blurring of high and low distinctions, the birth of separate shows catering specifically to the menswear market and the renaissance of male tailoring more generally all has its roots in the streetwear revolution. However, the industry has hardly had time to take stock on the huge changes that it’s witnessed, inspired or actively brought about.
In an effort to encourage debate, influential trade show (capsule) in collaboration with Project Cobalt brought together a panel of influential industry insiders at New York Fashion Week: Men’s (NYFWM) to discuss the evolution of streetwear. Under the title, “Defining The New Progressive,” the panel was moderated by Bloomingdale’s Josh Peskowitz and featured Darren Skey of Harvey Nichols, Eugene Tong of Details, Rasmus Storm of Storm Copenhagen, Jian DeLeon of Complex and Highsnobiety’s own Jeff Carvalho.
In addition, (capsule) and Project Cobalt staged a special intervention alongside NYFWM, allowing seven rising designers to showcase five looks in front of the New York fashion elite, giving them the space to demonstrate their brand and leverage publicity. The Spring/Summer 2016 capsule was designed as a “snapshot of modern menswear” and featured up-and-coming label Baartmans and Siegel (UK), Blackfist (US), CAMO (IT), CMMN SWDN (SE), Maiden Noir (US), Matthew Miller (UK) & Second/Layer (US), all styled by Matthew Henson and casted by Kevin Amato.
Watch highlights from the panel discussion “Streetwear’s Evolution: Defining the Progressive” as part of the In Discussion series, featuring Jeff Carvalho, above. You can also view the up-and-coming designer “Snapshot of Modern Menswear” SS16 capsule showcase below.