Linder explores acceptance of self and relationships at NYFW: Men’s
Down with traditional notions of masculinity! Oh, and also remember to love
yourself. Such was the crux of the idea at Linder’s spring/summer 2019
NYFW: Men’s presentation. New York is fresh off of pride month, and while
fashion choices symbolizing the strife of gay men are often commercialized
with rainbow flags, Linder took on what it meant to be a gay man in today’s
society minus the rainbow flags and with a high fashion approach.
This season’s collection continued the previous story of last season’s
collection, which dealt with the acceptance of self, coming out, and
revealing the inner life of a gay man after shedding the shell of imposed
masculinity. “This collection is about what gay men are wishful and hopeful
for after coming out,” Linder co-founder and designer Kirk Millar said to
FashionUnited. “It’s about how to move forward after that very specific
defining moment in your life.”
For some gay men, coming out can also mean a turning point in their fashion
choices. They have set themselves free, so now comes for a moment for them
to have the option (if they are lucky to have acceptance) to push pretty
hard, explore their identity, and be more expressive.
Linder explores the life of gay men for NYFW: Men’s
“For me the whole expression is pretty sentimental or romantic in a certain
sense,” Millar said to FashionUnited. “So I think that’s the phase the
whole message or the collection is within. There’s a whole theme in looking
for companionship and marriage.”
On themes of companionship, a sweater was featured with a Bernese Mountain
Dog printed on it. A white T-shirt had the word “Boyfriend” etched across
it. Ideas of home, love and relationships showed how we can also use dress
to attract other people. It is through fashion that many people are able to
All of the details in the collection were very intentional. Orange
transferware China pattern (a symbolic choice partners make when they
marry) was splashed on jeans, jackets and tees. Track and field jerseys
represented the hurdles we all overcome in life to reach our potential.
This season Linder also collaborated with Parisian luxury brand Chappal,
with bags, shoes, gloves and leather jackets that helped bring the classic
to a new age brand.
“I think of Linder as designer,” Millar said to FashionUnited. “I certainly
wouldn’t say we are in the luxury realm. We are a brand about ideas. There
are pieces that are more in the luxury realm, there are pieces that are
more streetwear. Each piece is lovingly designed, and it should hit a wide
variety of people.”
The brand is coming out, and they want the world to know.