Designer Edwing D’Angelo rolled right into the third edition of New York Fashion Week with a fascinating menswear collection. Titled “Palenque with Love: An Affair of Passion,” the show was held at One Taste Studio at 406 Broadway.

D’Angelo was inspired by his trip to Cartagena, Colombia, in 2015. It’s where he discovered the story of San Basilio de Palenque, the first free Black town in the Americas founded by Black people. In 2005, the village was declared a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Throughout the show, you couldn’t help but notice hues that reflected the natural surroundings of that region. There were sights of the sky and the sea with hints of colors such as yellow and green to emulate the colorful landscape of the town.

For his collection, silhouettes were loose, yet they were cut with proper proportions. “This collection is also an expression of the freedom that men want when traveling or living in a tropical area,” said D’Angelo. “Men want to feel comfortable, fashionable and attractive.”

D’Angelo is a chic, dashing, Colombian-born New Yorker. His design career emerged through mainstream America. His work has been featured on TV networks and shows, including CNN, MTV, NBC’s “The Today Show,” ABC’s “Good Morning America” and CBS’s “Morning News.” What’s next? This designer is heading for Colombia Moda, Colombia Fashion Week. It’s the largest fashion trade show in Latin America.

At designer Faustine Steinmetz’s show, it was all about slow denim. From scratch, using artisanal techniques, they created pieces that every woman has or has had in her wardrobe. Steinmetz focuses on denim because it is a symbol of industrial clothing—an everyday object, valueless to most—and because of denim’s popularity. “Denim should be given the same level of attention as a couture dress, destined to only be worn once,” said Steinmetz.

Denim was seen throughout the shows. At Williamsburg Garment Co. in Brooklyn, N.Y., you can now purchase men’s denim jeans in big or tall sizes. Realizing how big and tall guys loved what they are doing, the Williamsburg Garment Co. decided to contact all the major big and tall chain stores to offer them their jeans collections. They also realized how difficult it is to find premium big and tall jeans, and that there was a solid demand for jeans in these sizes. In 2014, the Williamsburg Garment Co. began offering custom made-to-order jeans sizes. They allowed orders to be placed in any waist size or length before the product was cut in production. They are producing jean sizes up to 48 and have since decided to streamline the offerings and invest in growing their big and tall jeans collection, made in premium American and Japanese denim. These big and tall jeans are available by visiting the Williamsburg Garment Co. at madeinusajeans.us.