What To Wear: Saint Louis Fashion Week Menswear
Fashion Weeks all around the world give sartorial savants the opportunity to be seen. But what’s more important than making a vibrant statement at a runway show is the original purpose: Seeing the products of creativity, the master projects of designers that will inspire your “being-seen” wardrobe for Fashion Weeks to come.
Suzy Menkes, international fashion editor for the “New York Times,” puts it like this: “Perhaps the perfect answer would be to let the public preening go on out front, while the show moves, stealthily, to a different and secret venue, with the audience just a group of dedicated pros — dressed head to toe in black, of course.” That’s the driving factor behind this menswear selection. Understated pieces—or “understated chic,” as Menkes calls it— are indeed for the pros, the stylish men and women who are (or want to give the illusion of being) runway veterans. They know how to stand out in a crowd but also blend in when the lights dim and the thumping runway music fills the ears of onlookers.
In this case, minimal is the way to go. Instead of donning outrageous colors (like this girl) or insane prints, vamp up the fabrics you wear. Substitute something like these sick Rick Owens leather pants for those old cotton chinos. The pants are loud enough to shine in the right light, but subdued enough to wear front-row without diverting attention from parading models adorned in to-die-for getups. Because the pants give off a hard edge, pair with a crisp shirt that pops, like this Ben Sherman button-front in a coordinating hue, and Chukka boots to toy with shape proportions. The round, wire-framed glasses and rustic bracelet pull this look together. As far as the bag is concerned, you’re going to need a classic holdall for all of your essentials — and the free swag.
Ben Sherman shirt ($125 in similar prints at Moris Men’s Shop); Rick Owens leather pants ($1,650 at Nordstrom); J. Shoes chukka boots ($199 at Collective); Randolph glasses ($129 in similar styles at Collective); Scotch & Soda bracelet ($25 at 10denza); Billykirk Schoolboy Satchel ($275 at East + West)