runway New York

By Robert James FW16

By Robert James is the brainchild of Ohio native Robert James, and his Fall/Winter 2016 collection is a testament to the beauty of black and white, as well as sharp urban chic. Offering high-end fashion looks for more average guys, he aims to make every man who wears his clothing feel as handsome as the clothes themselves. And that he does.

A symphony of grays played out in charcoal trousers and sweater vest, over a dove gray shirt and tie, topped with an ash-colored wool zippered jacket, as well as in a pale slacks and shirt combo paired with a charcoal cardigan sweater and a gunmetal hooded coat. Slim black trousers were the constant here (okay, there was two pair of gray ones), paired with white, black or gray button-downs. Black-on-black was strong in multiple looks, including a tux ensemble. Black motorcycle

boots finished an outfit which combined a fur-trimmed leather vest with a black henley shirt, utilitarian pants and black shirt jacket. A mid-thigh length zip-front black vest was worn over a black leather jacket, black shirt, and black slacks. The overall look was Mad Men stylish, with a distinct edge.

The classic suits and monochrome-ocrity were relieved by an outstandingly well-fitted black and white houndstooth overcoat with black velvet lapels and buttons, as well as by a completely unexpected 80s-ish black and white leopard jacket. Both were shown with b&w oxfords.

The Lower East Side brand uses local goods and manufacturing, ensuring that every product is not only great for the consumer, but also has a deeper environmental conscience which supports local businesses. This is one designer who not only knows his customer, but his community too.

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Photography by: Pedro Alcantara