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The golden age of menswear for me was 2001-2008
This was when all the greats were at the top of their game.
Helmut Lang, Yohji, Margiela, Jun, Miyashita, Ann D, Hedi, Dries, Damir Doma, Raf Simons, Rick Owens, Junya.
The beginnings and peak for brands like W)Taps, Visvim, Supreme, Bathing Ape, NDG, Cloak.
Will there be a second golden age?
This to me is true, the early 2000’s was absolutely the golden age of menswear the edge was there. Youth and adult ideas/aesthetics were juxtaposed in such a way that was so new, so aggressive, yet at times so subtle. This era of designers is of an unparalleled stature, there was more talent and vision in this group than what is out there today. Fashion (especially menswear) tends to look backward before forward for inspiration but to this lot, they took the past, their inspirations, and created something so forcibly new and exciting. The ability to look back and reinterpret and design something new and fresh not reproduce ideas and visions from another has been to an extent lost. As I’ve mentioned before on here menswear has fractured into the avant, the traditional, and the street. Hardly do those ideals ever cross paths in our current menswear climate yet those elements when combined became the foundation for that golden age to build upon.
Will this energy and talent combination come again? Who’s to say, but who can we point to in this current climate as leading the way?