Todd Snyder closed out New York Men’s Fashion Week
One month, four countries, two continents and a ton of shows later, the fall 2016 men’s wear season had finally come to a close. But first, a drink.
That was the gist at the after-party for the designer Todd Snyder, whose collection closed out New York Fashion Week: Men’s on Thursday night, capping four packed days of runway shows, presentations and celebrations.
“It was a statement,” Mr. Snyder said before entering the fray at Gilded Lily on West 15th Street, wearing a leather jacket and glasses and looking like someone who would be cast as a handsome Brooklyn dad in a commercial. “We wanted to put a stake in the ground and say, ‘We’re here.’”
Mr. Snyder was in good spirits, perhaps as a result of his brand being acquired by American Eagle in November, a move that will help him to focus on expansion, including a forthcoming Manhattan flagship similar to the one he maintains in Tokyo.
It was a busy night for revelers, with Interview magazine holding court at Hotel Americano in Chelsea and the modeling agency Soul Artist Management celebrating at No. 8 in the meatpacking district.
But downstairs at Gilded Lily, the crowd at Mr. Snyder’s party mirrored his brand’s aesthetic: one part woodsy outdoorsman, one part elegant gentleman — now stir. The men’s wear shows are more relaxed than the women’s (which start next week), and the amiable atmosphere reflected it.
Early in the night, women in outfits that could be best described as “sexy pirate” maneuvered large trays of appetizers like bruschetta through the throngs of people sitting on banquettes and bobbing to the thumping music. And while the open bar was teeming, the watch brand Timex, which Mr. Snyder had teamed up with this season, vied for attention by offering free timepieces to partygoers, causing a bit of bottlenecking at the front of the room.
A few blocks away at the celebrity haunt Up & Down, the party didn’t start heating up until after midnight, when models were break-dancing to Top 40 hits under the flickering lights of chandeliers.
While the party was ostensibly for the upstart brand Rochambeau, which had presented its streetwear-inflected collection earlier in the day, by 1 a.m. the designers had yet to make an appearance. That didn’t stop the crowds from feverishly dancing and accumulating outside.