LA-based menswear fashion and lifestyle blogger Tommy Lei, of MYBELONGING recently made his bi-annual pilgrimage to New York Fashion Week to kick off the month-long stint of international fashion weeks. With a full diary and a tote full of tickets to the hottest shows and parties, Lei and his blogging partner in crime Martin Angulo set off in search of an exclusive peak at what everyone will be wearing come spring/summer 2015. Take a look at his personal New York fashion week highlights below.


Outside the Lincoln Center and with the formidable Style Editor Joe Zee © Tommy Lei

The Lincoln Center is the main hub of all the action and where the majority of shows are held. This is where you’ll see some of the biggest names in the industry sauntering through the media circus of street style snappers and international press to attend the most coveted shows of the season. Here I am wearing a G-Star Raw camo bomber, custom Eliran Nargassi shirt and shorts with Acne Studio Adrian white sneakers, about to head into a show. Joe Zee, Editor in Chief of Yahoo Style and former ELLE Creative Director, hosted the Old Navy NYFW warehouse party – one of many parties that took place all over the city to celebrate fashion week. Martin and I got the chance to catch up with the man himself.

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Metallics at Duckie Brown © Tommy Lei

Next stop was Duckie Brown’s show, where classic menswear staples were given a contemporary reboot by being teamed with glitzy eye-catching metallic pieces. The NY label was founded more than a decade ago by Steven Cox and Daniel Silver with the aim of ‘dressing men beautifully’ and with this accomplished collection I think they’ve achieved their goal. This season also marks the brand’s second womenswear show since launching in January.

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Cool and contemporary staples from Duckie Brown © Tommy Lei

It’s always nice to get the opportunity to take a sneak peak at all the backstage antics and preparations. Duckie Brown’s show took place at the Industria Studios, which is ​situated in Manhattan’s West Village, a few blocks away from the Meatpacking District. Known for its raw, industrial features, it was the perfect backdrop to the edgy, masculine collection.

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The calm before the storm – backstage as models go into hair and make-up © Tommy Lei

Cameras, lights, action! The media scrum before the show is always an interesting sight. Here the photographers are frantically trying to prepare themselves before the imminent start of the show.

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Amidst the chaos in the photographer’s pit © Tommy Lei

Pyer Moss SS/15 showcase at Milk Studios: Pyer Moss is a young brand, started by NY-based designer Kerby Jean-Raymond (Creative Director) only last year. Raymond has been reinventing classic athletic silhouettes using luxurious materials and opulent details, which have so far won him accolades from GQ, and Vogue.

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Pyer Moss Creative Director Kerby Jean-Raymond © Tommy Lei

The moto-style jacket trend lives on in this bold design with perforated mesh sleeves and wax-coated finish.

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Clean lines and lots of leather © Tommy Lei

Everyone enjoyed the big dramatic finale at G-Star Raw x Pharrell’s Ocean collection runway show. The collaborative project between the denim masters and super producer Pharrell Williams’ eco-minded company Bionic Yarn has been hotly tipped since it was announced during the spring.

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The grand finale at Gstar x Pharrell Oceans collection © Tommy Lei

Leading the pack, Patrik Ervell finishes off his spring/summer menswear runway show with aplomb. The sharp tailoring and moody blue colour palette were a big hit with the crowd.

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Patrick Ervell’s tailored collection © Tommy Lei

Custom-beaded New Balance trainers spotted at Ricardo Seco’s spring/summer showcase were certainly a main attraction – garnering lots of attention from all the attendees.

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Bright and bold: custom New Balance trainers © Tommy Lei

Ricardo Seco delivers an exceptionally balanced collection, featuring cool monochrome separates and outerwear that is so wearable and timeless. We love the bright accessories and custom sneakers. I can definitely see lots of people wearing these pieces next spring.

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Ricardo Seco’s line-up features some seriously great pieces for spring © Tommy Lei

For more from Tommy Lei visit his high fashion and lifestyle blog here or follow him on Twitter @mybelongingblog

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