New York Fashion Week Spring 2014

Beyond Closet brought the men’s locker room to the showroom on Day 1 of New York Fashion Week.  Designer Tae Yong presented a quirky take on athletic gear in his Gearing Up Your Muscles (or G.Y.M.) collection for Spring/Summer 2014.

The models in the presentation relaxed around exercise equipment; this isn’t sportswear to sweat in. Yong favored primary colors in his menswear collection – reds, blues, and soft yellows – and anchored the palette with black and white.

Catering to lovers of casual wear, Yong also included some pieces easily translatable to professional or formal occasions.  The collection’s blue pea coat and mustard trousers would fit right in at a summer wedding.  Still, the overall vibe professed the merits of simple, quirky sportswear, reminiscent of Hollywood-favorite Band Of Outsiders or the commercial success of Uniqlo.

Many of the looks were preppy with a hipster twist. A tan leather jacket with contrast black sleeves was paired with black shorts and long athletic socks.  Many of the men modeling the collection sported arm tattoos, offsetting tank tops and slim-tailored pants in the bright primary-colored hues.

Yong also played with proportions in the G.Y.M. collection by pairing long, boxy coats with shorts and cropped pants.  Reminiscent of the gym, the models sported loosely fitting polo shirts rather than traditional form-fitting styles.

Choice accessories provided the perfect twist to shake up the designs.  One model’s styling utilized all of the primary colors, a washed-out blue polo shirt and a lemon-yellow, almost beige, undershirt.  The accents of the ensemble, a bright red rope belt and a printed snapback hat, added vibrancy exactly where it was needed.

Beyond Closet is still a relatively young brand, but its Spring/Summer 2014 G.Y.M. collection places it amongst its highest caliber contemporaries.  It takes no stretch of the imagination to picture these designs on the street this spring.

Managing Editor: Semant Jain, Ph.D.
Article Editor: Allie Robertson
Copy Editor: Alexandra Scheck
Fashion Writer: Devyn White
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