Brett Johnson: Just Deserts at NYFW: Men’s

Brett Johnson: NYFW Men’s SS17

Brett Johnson-mainIt was quite a night for Brett Johnson. Not only did he debut a spot-on collection of tailored, unmistakably modern, retail-ready looks, his show was well-attended, to say the least.

586 people attended — including the entire GQ team, the entire WWD team, Robin Givhan of the Washington Post, Julie Gilhart, Steven Kolb, Ken Downing, Eric Jennings, Nick Sullivan, Bruce Pask, and Ray Smith — to name a few.

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For SS17, Brett Johnson took an inspirational quest to the sparse ruggedness of the Arizona and New Mexico deserts. The collection explored the “unique chiaroscuro of unabated light on ragged dark angles … beneath a bright blue sky or a smoldering sunset.” Indeed, the looks were refined, yet understated and easy.

Making the Seam

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Outerwear –- such as the Bomber and the Eisenhower jacket — were reimagined in a relaxed cardigan silhouette. Cotton poplins and jacquards, as well as Japanese denim, were paired with denser fabrics, such as coated cotton and twill jerseys, and embossed and printed suedes. Knitwear celebrated the intricate geometries of Navajo blankets.

And this season’s color palette was a “direct reflection of the astounding color spectrum of Arizona and New Mexico: anthracite, iron ore grays, indigo, and olive green were juxtaposed with dusty roses, sun-bleached yellows, oranges, and translucent blues.”

Said Brett Johnson:

“This season, I wanted the collection to adopt a more relaxed, understated perspective with looser, more casual silhouettes, without losing the refined sensibility synonymous with the Brett Johnson brand.”

Ultimately, the collection did what any good collection — and good any designer — must do: create a collection that looks and feels great.

Johnson created a collection that looks and feels great.

Yet again, Brett Johnson shows us he is a real designer on an unmistakably upward trajectory.


With love,


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