by Stephen Garner

TODD SNYDEROn Monday, February 5, American designer Todd Snyder presented his fall 2018 collection at New York Fashion Week: Men’s at Pier 59.

This season Snyder went back to school: taking notes from a well-thumbed copy of Jocks and Nerds juxtaposed with a nod to the outlaw tailor Tommy Nutter. The look: a smart slacker vibe that’s part connoisseur, part athlete, part Savile Row rebel.

Swinging London silhouettes meet East Coast prep in pieces that coast through the semester and make their own off-campus privileges. Oversized sack suits are a subversive uniform, loosened with hoodies and sweats, acid washed denim and shrunken schoolboy sweaters. Grandpa cardigans and professorial sport coats are insouciantly louche, and tailored tracksuits are worn with a shrewd swagger.

TODD SNYDERModern takes on tweed, wool, and corduroy put a new spin on bespoke classics, while collegiate comforts earn a streetwise upgrade in plush sherpa fleece and modern mohair. Vintage-tinged olive, brown, camel, and aubergine mingle with pops of bad boy prep: varsity red, Oxford pink, bottle green. Exaggerated modern florals lean heavy on the “mod” — retro rock and roll romantic, with a twist. Jagger would have.

Snyder kicked up the Brit quotient with a custom Tricker’s platform Chelsea boot — as necessary now as ever. Moscot opticals add a bookish, decidedly downtown New York flair.

The Todd Snyder + Timex MS1 Maritime Sport watch made its debut on the runway.  The first original design in the long-running collaboration, the MS1 is the essential timepiece for considered rebellion.

The collection was presented with a live performance by Grammy award-winning trumpeter and songwriter Keyon Harrold, who fuses jazz, classical, blues, hip-hop and rock in virtuosic music that evokes both American tribulations and the brand’s everlasting optimism in the American Dream.


Photos by Kevin Tachman