Joseph Abboud returned to NYFW: Men’s on February 2nd. The iconic menswear designer has not done a runway show in over 15 years, but he came back with a strong, confident display.
The looks for the show were self-described by Joseph Abboud as being "American Savile Row." The art of styling and expert men's tailoring were the focus of this celebration of fashion, and he concentrated on a show based mostly on tailored clothing, which featured a myriad of layering techniques, prints and textured fabrics. The eye-catching, yet classic pieces were produced at Joseph Abboud's company headquarters in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
There was a wide variety of traditional patterns used in men's fashion at Joseph Abboud's return. His signature gray and brown palette was applied to embellished paisleys, pinstripes and tweeds. The playful layering he enjoys was emphasized in the scarves made for his show, which added an even more rustic look and depth to his fashion feature.
When stating what he was most most proud of, Joseph Abboud said, "The whole rugged dandyism and the texture and pattern." He then added it was intended to be the signature of the show, and he succeeded.
The collaborators of his show were solely American. Albertus Swanepoel is possibly the most famous hat creator in the country, and the partnership with Joseph Abboud resulted in the fabulous feathered hats present on the runway. Allen Edmonds out of Wisconsin, which was founded in 1922, contributed to the wingtip and brogue shoes on display. Rawlings, from Saint Louis, Missouri offered stylish leather briefcases to the set.
Overall, Joseph Abboud's return was pure genius and the ultimate comback. Even though gone for 15 years, he was elated to be back, and there was no feeling of pressure for him either. He and his American fashion collaborators all have a lot to be proud of.