The Prada Men's SS23 Fashion Show was on display with several special guests in attendance including dell Beckham Jr., Kimberly Drew, Michael Elmgreen, Theaster Gates, Ncuti Gatwa, Jeff Goldblum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Damson Idris, Jaehyun, Song Kang, Rami Malek, Metawin Opas-iamkajorn, Tyler Mitchell, Louis Partridge, Manu Rios, Filippo Scotti, Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade, among the others. The show was performed in very meticulously designed show spaces that featured pastel colors and checkered curtains. The models were clothed in a wide variety of looks from traditional suit and tie to the unconventionality of checkered jackets and short, as well as long denim overalls amongst other things.
Also featured was the JW Anderson Men’s Spring Summer 2023 & Women’s Resort 23 collection. Described as a collection that asks to be looked at in perspective: from the peak of the selfie stick. The collection is designed to invoke the opinion of the viewer on the myriad of ‘fashions’ that arise from fragments created by crashing items of wearable clothing and non-wearable material like a handlebar, a skateboard, a door hinge, a pair of working gloves land on tops and sweatshirts just as they are.
The Moschino Spring/Summer 2023 menswear collection paid homage to the iconic oeuvre–and iconoclastic approach–of the late Tony Viramontes, an American artist, photographer and fashion illustrator. Moschino Creative Director Jeremy Scott worked together with Viramontes’ estate for part of this collection, borrowing Viramonte’s signature realism, grit, camp, and commercial appeal. The motifs, faces and figures in the collection are beautifully reproductions of the creative polymath’s pieces. The show featured a plethora of boldly colorful wears, a lot bearing print of Viramontes’ work.
The FENDI Men’s Spring/Summer 2023 Collection embodied everything FENDI represents – an approach that goes upside down and inside out – just like the FENDI emblem. It is also like the vocabulary of designer Silvia Venturini Fendi’s man, who is built on a constant play of contrasts and juxtapositions. She says “It’s about a balance of decoration and simplicity… An ageless sense of freedom to play, as we rediscover the luxury of free time.”
The FENDI lineup carried the signature soulful curiosity that lies at the heart of the FENDI men’s universe, approaching summer dressing as a round-the-world ticket to holiday destinations near and far. The collection packed a playful punch of color mirroring the earth, sea and sky, from melon and indigo to ochre, putty, cornflower blue and silver grey.
The recurrent motifs of the JORDANLUCA SS23 were staged within a cool, and lurid cataclysm. The characters, propelled by events beyond their control, contended with threats of the existential kind like madness, annihilation and grizzly, premature death. The fashion of it was very intrepid, featuring an abundance of textiles, materials and patterns. The models were draped in intentionally ill-fitting clothing, enlarging the air around the runway. There were scar-like zips across suiting, placed crudely and ready to be ripped open in mimicry of the ripping off of a scab. Every piece was packed with symbolism as well as a sophisticated sense of style.
Presented by verses sent into the ether and recited over the telephone, ETRO’s Men’s Spring Summer 2023 Collection, titled - THE WILD POWER OF POETRY intended to celebrate the function of poetry as a utopia made true and a way of bringing shape to inner chaos. The collection encapsulated the warm feeling of summer with an eye-catching pallet of hues ranging from dry tan to warm mustard. The event was designed to replicate the circadian rhythm. The day ebbs slowly into a starry night run by metallic threads after opening in the white and neutral brightness of the morning. The event examined and displayed the reverent nature that fashion and poetry share.