MRket’s show theme may have been Alpine Winter, apropos of style maven Michael Macko’s picks that intro’d the Javits Center exhibitors’ hall, but it was what I was calling the “Southern Aisle” that drew me in. I mean, maybe it had something to do with the practically 10 degree wind chill factor outside or the ice impeding the sidewalk as you tried to make your way over toward the Hudson River venue. But I really, really liked the preppiness of the clothes and furnishings at companies like Olde School Brand, Castaway Clothing-Nantucket Island, Southern Proper and Brentley Cravats. It took me back to my Charleston upbringing, my Gamecock university days – shagging at happy hours and gatoring at quad parties. And how can you not love a company called Collard Greens?! I mean, really.
Of course, the updated pea coats looked warm, inviting and great, too, especially in vibrant red, like the one from Camplin. Get ready, guys – I think being red hot will be THE outerwear statement for next winter!