The latest edition of Capsule NY ended its two-day run yesterday on what most exhibitors and the show’s producer, BPMW Agency, agreed was a high note.

Capsule was well-trafficked on its first day and exhibitors genuinely seemed pleased with the results.
The show, which featured more than 200 brands in the contemporary, emerging designer and premium streetwear segments, was again held at Basketball City, a sports complex in Lower Manhattan on the East River. Five long aisles made for ease of movement and Capsule’s special sections included the return of Above Tree Line, an outdoor-themed area, Elements of Retail, an area showcasing the latest in retail display, and The Donut Shop, a cash and carry area.

Big trends at the show included techno-sporty/dressy-traditional mixes, modern versions of workwear, material mixes in garments, bright colors and, like at Project and MRket, a sea of horizontal stripes on shirts from Fair Isle-inspired ones to those that referenced rugby shirts.

Here’s an alphabetical rundown of some of the brands that particularly impressed us there:
Creep: The Japanese brand served up mega-bright corduroy shearling-lined jackets in orange and green along with a workwear-inspired denim jacket.

Ecoalf: Known for its recycling of fishing nets and beverage bottles, Spanish brand Ecoalf showed a fantastic new shoe collection along with an amusing T-shirt made of recycled plastic trays that read: I’m Trash and I’m Proud of it.

Forestin’ Wear: This Japanese brand made its US debut with an amazing collection that marries denim and chambray looks with snow and skiwear.

Gilded Age: The New York-based brand, designed by Stefan Miljanic, takes a less retro-based influence for fall 2013 and goes slightly apocalyptic a la Mad Max, etc. with its newly lauched premium “Annuit Coeptis” offerings. These included some wonderfully distressed and painted denim and drool-worthy leather moto jackets.

H.W. Carter & Sons: The American heritage brand (which recently opened a standalone store in Brooklyn) impressed with workwear-inspired overalls, sweaters and bags that respected tradition but felt mega-modern.

Ian Velardi: The buzzed-about menswear designer offered a dressy collection with quirky details such as a blank gas-station attendant “name patch” sewed onto the front of a dres shirt.

Jack Henry: A hand-quilted leather hoody and matching bomber in battleship blue were the epitome of “luxury streetwear.”

Jardine: Nathan Bogle, a founding partner of Rag & Bone, has (thankfully) returned to fashion with his upscale, generally dressy and superclean line Jardine. His fabrics literally ooze luxury.

Naked & Famous: Brandon Svarc’s novely denim line showed rainbow-fade denim, fantastic and supersoft “Pajama jean” and its new ice-like “Arctic Wash” white-gray jeans.

Nicholas K: Designer Nicholas Kunz created a collection infused with a bunch of contrasted fabrics in each piece.

Pedaled: The Japanese-based bike brand made a fantastic US debut and epitomized the fashion-meets-technical trend with reflective jean whiskers, bike-inspired pockets and numerous other amazing details.

Perfecto Brand by Schott NY: Celebrating its centennial this year, Schott showed new takes on its classics, which also embraced the mixed materials trend, especially in a leather, wool, shearling and canvas model.

Presidents: The Italian brand made a strong US debut, and also was on the mixed material bandwagon with its wool jacket with quilted nylon sleeves.

Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen: A Capsule regular, this line had a lot of sporty-inspired highlights for this season including a Fair Isle varsity jacket with leather sleeves.

Shipley & Halmos: Another lovely collection from two of the former Trovata boys. Highlights are a rugby striped sweater, a varsity sweater and their latest footwear.

William Fox & Sons: One of the most talked about brands at the show, heritage and revived British brand William Fox & Sons made a fantastic entrance into the US at Capsule. Highlights included a reversible quilted print vest (vests are big this season as well) and numerous on-trend striped sweaters.