Words Latoya P. Henry

Tribeca bound to J.Lindeberg for New York Men's Fashion Week, I arrived at Spring Studio. Once I greeted the incredibly friendly staff, I journeyed my way up to the presentation. Upon arrival there was a brief moment of weird silence inclined with excitement before the tall glass doors opened. As I, and several other guests stepped into the room of white polished walls, highlighted by the glimmer of the sun. The models that stood on pillars, posed in statuesque positions, with chiseled features and polished tresses, all resembling a modern day James Dean. As the gentlemen were surrounded by floor to ceiling windows, with the beauty of the New York City’s Skyline cascading over the menswear SS16 collection. The natural light illuminated the intensity of the garment detailing, I was mostly fascinated by the designer’s use of delicately structured fabrics with sharp tailoring and texture, all accentuated with thematic prints, mouliné knits and intriguing effects. For instance, the collection featured a reconstructed version of a simple tie, revamping it into a piece that resembles a handkerchief. Even the secret fringe detailing, which hid under the arms of a jacket’s sleeves, depicted the wings of a bird. 


As the photographers circulated the room, the models grooved to the sounds of the music while gazing into the camera lenses, displaying how sufficient the pieces formed and motioned with the body. Though the styling of this collection referenced the iconic 1969 film “Midnight Cowboy” the influence was gathered from the beauty and mystery of birds. Thus explaining the title of this collection ‘Birds Are Tailored To Fly’. Head designer Jessy Heuvelink described the inspiration behind this collection as “Birds for me are mysterious and beautiful creatures, they embody the ultimate symbol of freedom through their ability of flight. They are the connection between heaven and earth. We think we know them, yet they remain creatures of mystery and inhabit a world that stretches far beyond our imagination.” Overall J.Lindeberg spring/summer2016 collection is for the man who is sharp, comfortable, with an edgy appeal, who doesn't mind a little risqué and mystery.


Photography LPH

Special Thanks Joe Thiel