This year marked the first time menswear was folded into the women’s show schedule at New York Fashion Week to create a 10-day long superweek chock full of presentations and runway shows. It was created in part to offer up a flickering hope for younger, emerging labels to shine alongside boldface names on the show schedule like Calvin Klein and Alexander Wang. For brands like N-p Elliott, Landlord, Taakk, Woodhouse and Project Life Creation, NYFWM was an opportunity to shoot their shot.
Scottish designer Nicholas P. Elliott—behind the label N-p Elliott—mixed trad Highland staples like plaid and tartan with fun graphics and family crests; Landlord, the brand helmed by Parsons grad and Japanese transplant Ryohei Kawanishi, was Spotify’s Pop Punk Powerhouse playlist come to life, with grills on mouths and rhinestones on bras. Taakk took a strictly streetwear approach. Designed by Takuya Morikawa after a seven year term at Issey Miyake Men, the presentation combined deconstructed denim jackets with sequined prints of the Nirvana smiley face. Click through the gallery above to go backstage of menswear’s most exciting labels.