Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York Spring 2014

Day 3 of New York Fashion Week brought the sporty menswear designs from Telfar by Telfar Clemens as a part of the Milk MADE Fashion Show. On September 7, 2013, The Standard Hotel provided a small, intimate space for Telfar’s show. As the models walked the runway, their faces were projected on a huge LED curtain behind them. Telfar’s color palette included mostly dark hues, such as gray, black and olive green. This was much different from last season’s collection, which was predominantly white. This season, Telfar focused on swimwear and sportswear.


Photo Credit    Telfar

Mesh and other sheer materials appeared again and again in Telfar’s tops, and sometimes bottoms. With the sportswear being a major influence, many of the tops left arms – and sometimes backs – bare. Telfar also favored halter-tops in white, black, and olive green, where the chest, stomach, and lower back were covered yet the shoulder blades were exposed.


Photo Credit    Telfar

Many shirts hit mid-thigh and were paired with loose, airy pants. The bottoms in Telfar’s collection ranged from shorts to longer pants, but none were form-fitting. One piece resembled a skirt with an asymmetrical hemline, paired with a black, sleeveless v-neck hoodie. Another piece featured an ultra-relaxed, baggy fit, where white fabric billowed around the legs.


Photo Credit    Telfar

Another unexpected and almost androgynous piece that Telfar presented was a black one-shoulder top resembling a t-shirt that was paired with olive green shorts with a drawstring hem.

Some of Telfar’s designs for bottoms left nothing to the imagination. Black string tie speedo in revealing cuts were paired with a black, button-up shirt that was sheer through the arms, back and chest but opaque across the chest. Telfar also paired a white shirt similar in design with a white speedo bottom under black mesh pants.


Photo Credit    Telfar

For the finale, two models walked side by side down the runway, one wearing Telfar’s design, and the other wearing a silk polyester shirt with a picture of the same design. Duplicates of these shirts were also in gift bags beneath the seats for the front row guests. Most models wore black, patent leather shoes that resembled ballet flats. Others walked the runway barefoot.


Photo Credit    Telfar

Head hair stylist Luke Baker swore by dry shampoo for the models’ hairstyle, full of texture and body. “The boys come as they are, and we make them look the same but polished up,” said Baker in a backstage interview with SJ Chronicle’s correspondent Allie Robertson.

Head makeup artist Deanna Melluso also went for a natural look for the show. Melluso said, “using Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics [an organic and vegan makeup line] enhanced their beauty a little more.” By following up with concealer and gloss on the lips, she then oiled up the models’ bodies for a healthy shine.

The swimwear and sportswear influences in Telfar’s designs certainly shone through on the runway. Telfar’s line will not only be seen on the streets this spring, but perhaps in the gyms as well. Visit for more information.

Editor-in-Chief:          Semant Jain, Ph.D.
Article Editor:            Alexandra Scheck
Copy Editor:               Kim Pham
Fashion Writer:           Allie Robertson

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