The Directionals

Four tweaked takes on menswear from New York Fashion Week

by Camille Hunt Steadily emerging from the shadows of their flashier female counterparts, some of our favorite menswear collections that hit runways last week in New York were an array of impeccably-tailored ensembles, each continuing to probe different spins on mens dress codes—what fashion editors call “directional.” From Siki Im’s modern Arabian look to a literally criminal interpretation of Americana by N.Hoolywood, the collections profiled …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Hip hop coffee, taxidermy lighting, Adidas cell phones and more in our weekly web snapshot

1. Peter Varga Concept Bicycles Beginning with a Master’s Degree project in 2007, Slovakian designer Peter Varga has continued each year to produce unconventionally intelligent bikes. Highlighted on Selectism, Varga’s bikes have won several awards for their innovative forms. 2. Os Gemeos and Futura Paint NYC School Os Gemeos follows-up their 2009 “Vertigo,” a colorful kid-friendly installation, with a 80-foot-high mural on the side of …

Obscur

Dramatic, artisanally-crafted menswear from a rising Swedish label

Easily one of the most slept-on labels in its native Sweden, Richard Söderberg’s Obscur is arguably one of the most progressive fashion brands coming out of Europe. The label’s strength lies in its balance of color, material and cut, inspired by the misty surroundings of Söderberg’s Helsingborg home and dark Scandinavian music. Although moodily Gothic, the idea that only wearing a piece fully expresses and …