Capsule show returned to New York last week at Pier 94 adjacent and connected to Liberty as part of those two shows’ ongoing cooperation and featured a little over 100 exhibitors in the young contemporary, streetwear and outdoor segments. (The Above Tree Line area, moved to the show’s entrance this time, again featured the latter.)
The show seemed smaller than usual and was definitely a mixed bag. No particular fashion trend stood out per se.
Several brands made their (US) debuts at the show and the international assortment of exhibitors was a welcome one. Capsule did have some real gems of exhibitors and individual items that encompassed everything from graphic T-shirts to highly technical winter jackets.
Here’s a recap of out top picks from the show. Be sure to check them out if you missed the chance to see them in person:
Most overdue US denim debut:
John John, one of the most famous and biggest denim-fashion brands in Brazil, has finally headed north and will be available in the US starting this fall. The brand boasts a huge lifestyle collection and a jeans assortment that covers countless colors, washes and silhouettes. According to its sales rep, US retailers gave it a very warm welcome.
Most innovative denim (again…. aka the Meryl Streep of this category):
Recently marking its tenth birthday, Naked & Famous Denim out of Canada continues to offer some of the most unique (and fun) fabrics and novelties. This season founder/designer Brandon Svarc is offering the “King of Slub” model that is made with a proprietary fabric that is said to be the slubbiest looking denim in the world. The new collection also includes a terrific looking patchwork kimono jacket and an on-trend one in pink cord with a shearling collar.
Young designer Ruben Alfaro’s eye-catching designs for his brand Färo Clothing include patching, distressing and plenty of red, grunge-inspired plaid. And it’s only his second season. Promising.
Most environmentally friendly denim:
Swedish jeans brand ReDew showed some great raw-looking models that were made to keep their wearers–and the planet–looking and feeling good.
Best denim graphics:
Japanese brand Bru Na Boinne was a true standout at Capsule with its colorful, whimsical painted cartoon-like graphics adorning denim jackets and distressed and/or painted jeans that also featured a rainbow of color.
Most whimsical graphics:
Paris-based Bricktown’s pixilated sweatshirt graphics and cute messages on them and hats were fun and irresistible. Founder Samuel David Benainous clearly has a sharp eye for graphic design and whimsy.
Best streetwear debut:
Another line showing in the US for the first time was Inklaw Clothing from Iceland. Its two young founders explained that they started it because there was no domestic option for streetwear in their country. They are very much tuned into the current 1990s-vibe street pulse with pieces emblazoned with oversized logos/names and distressed, highly washed denim jackets and jeans.
Finest heavy-duty simplicity:
Japanese brand Syins was another label making its debut at Capsule. While the photos don’t do its aesthetic justice, the bulk of its pieces are made with super-heavy sweatshirt material and have a highly minimal all-black aesthetic. Think the Cadillac of tracksuits, sweatshirts and sweatpants with a tiny label that reads “Stays Loyal” (cause these are clearly made to last a lifetime).
Nicest technical outerwear:
We saw too much to pick just one winner. Milan-based Bacon with its unisex puffy looks, Isaora with its sleek technical models and longtime Japanese skiwear brand Goldwin are all offering covetable coats that are bound to be bestsellers.