The new faces of men’s fashion – Footwear News
Big names like Virgil Abloh and Kim Jones are already staples in the world of men’s fashion. Now is the time to get ahead to discover the next big names in the industry.
Below is our pick of the rising stars that emerged during Men’s Fashion Month.
The group includes designers who advance the industry with new directions and sustainable practices. It also features models and artists making waves for their striking looks and multi-trait careers, as well as a new purchasing director bringing the sensibility of sneakers to the world of e-commerce.
The parade’s chameleon: Alhassan Sandah
After being spotted via his WhatsApp status photo, Alhassan Sandah, 18, of Tamale, Ghana, was signed in March by the models at parent agency Yafan. Fast forward three months and he made his podium debut walking for Givenchy at Pitti Uomo. His strong but transformative gaze and positive attitude quickly got him noticed. This first appearance was quickly followed by concerts with Palm Angels, Marcelo Burlon and Fendi in Milan. Sandah’s Paris program included Valentino, Loewe, Christian Dada, OAMC and Jil Sander. What’s next for this up-and-coming star? On his bucket list, he walks for Gucci and stars in a global campaign for Zara. âI know it’s ambitious,â he said, âbut what would life be without aiming high? “
The living room lizard: Sander Lak
Sander Lak of Sies Marjan made his debut at Paris Fashion Week and in menswear this season. From his sultry, flowing silhouettes, the designer says he doesn’t like to feel like he’s wearing clothes at all, and he’s extended the notion via his color palette. âI looked at all types of skin tones, from real to fake tan, and then widened the colors from there,â he told FN. The boots and sneakers in his collection were based on animal skins and came in crocodile-embossed leathers and velvets. And while not retailing, the looks are a preview of what we can expect as the collection grows. Indeed, you wouldn’t be wrong to expect big things from the 36-year-old, who launched his womenswear line in 2016, for which he won the CFDA Emerging Talent Award the last year.
The Fashionable Musician: Darren Criss
Darren Criss gained fashion attention last year for his portrayal of Andrew Cunanan in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”, but the actor is also a veteran of the Broadway scene and started to make a name for himself as Blaine Anderson on the “Glee” TV show. It is therefore not surprising that he has a parallel career as a musician. During Paris Fashion Week for men, he performed on the runway at Balmain, opening the Olivier Rousteing music festival with covers of popular songs, including “Rebel Rebel” by David Bowie. At one point, Rousteing even joined Criss on stage for an impromptu duet.
The Luxury HypeBeast: Chris Kyvetos
In spring 20, Munich-based Mytheresa launched a menswear branch with more than 120 luxury brands, led by purchasing director Chris Kyvetos. The entrepreneurial founder of Australian sneaker retailer Sneakerboy (a concept store chain that sells and resells sneakers via iPad) is also the buyer and franchise partner of Balenciaga in Australia and has previously consulted for Stylebop, another e-commerce site. based in Munich. Also look for the launch of his own line of sneakers, Athletic Footwear. With his diverse skills – a winning mix of streetwear, technology, luxury and entrepreneurial know-how – it will be exciting to see where he takes the Mytheresa man.
The eco-innovator: Emily Bode
Emily Bode, winner of the CFDA Emerging Talent Award, made her Parisian catwalk debut presenting the men’s ballet slipper. Her circus-inspired spring collection, with its jumpsuits, hand-painted silks and crochet knits, was a nod to her family ties to Ohio-based Bode Wagon Co., which built show wagons. for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. in the 1900s. Bode was part of a new wave of designers, such as Marine Serre, known for reusing unused and vintage fabrics in response to the overproduction plaguing the fashion industry.
The Model Performer: Alton Mason
Tracked via his Instagram, 21-year-old Jamaican-Ghanaian model Alton Mason started his career walking in Kanye West’s Yeezy 3 runway, followed by a place on the Gucci Fall 2017 catwalk. He has since also appeared alongside Pharrell Williams at Chanel’s MÃ©tiers d’Art show last December (they were the first black models to do so) and starred in Louis Vuitton’s Spring ’19 men’s campaign in January. However, it was Mason’s Michael Jackson-inspired performance on Virgil Abloh’s Fall / Winter 2019 runway show that stole the show and catapulted his career. For the Spring / Summer 2020 season, it opened for Heron Preston wearing a bespoke foam suit, a collaboration with the architectural firm that designed New York’s Salt Shed.
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