Browne Procession–A highlight of Paris Fashion Week, for spring/summer 2014, American fashion designer Thom Browne sent his man down the runway with aviators and a bold red lip, deriving the season’s eccentric inspiration from the military. Browne juxtaposed the masculinity of tailored outerwear with traditionally feminine silhouettes mimicking the shapes of straight skirts and enlisting the jacket dress for a new interpretation. For accessories, the militaristic theme was further embraced with military visor hats, metal accents and crisp clean white gloves. Despite an unorthodox approach to the season, Browne provided wearable pieces as always, including tailored military jackets, fitted shorts, semi-relaxed pleated trousers and several smart shirt options.
Modern Core–Cerruti 1881 creative director Aldo Maria Camillo maintains clean sharp lines for his sophomore collection for the French label. Crafting a range for the fashion conscious male who appreciates timeless tailoring and core essentials, Camillo sticks to dusty tones and relaxed fits. Transitioning from staples such as the trench or double-breasted blazer, waist straps are a design addition, prompting a casual exploration of more relaxed fashions like the bomber or sleeveless outerwear.
A Floral Arrangement–Belgian designer Dries Van Noten brushes up on his floral prints for spring/summer 2014. Mixed with regal prints, it’s hard to go wrong, especially paired with the collection’s timeless silhouettes. Playing with subdued tone on tone prints and their more vibrant alternative, slim trousers and shorts were paired with loosely draped coats as well as cropped jackets, juxtaposed with everything from tanks and dress shirts to windbreakers.
The Artist–Carven creative director Guillaume Henry made no waste of time with his sophomore efforts for the French label. Looking to early French artists for the inspiration of his spring/summer 2014 collection, Henry whipped up a warm color palette of pastels and neutrals for his quaint dandy. Wearing fashioned bucket hats and socks with sandals, a charming figure was quick to emerge. Wearing slender trousers or loose-cut shorts with tops and outerwear that were more relaxed, Carven’s man had a solid silhouette for the season. From waffle check suits and long double-breasted coats to cropped lightweight jackets, the options were plentiful and the colors positively cheerful.
Bananas–Ready to transform for what the season requests, the models of Bananas appeal to many aesthetics. From the classic face of Bastiaan Ninaber to the editorial Brit Anders Hayward or a standout red-head Jake Shortall, Bananas takes aim at Paris Fashion Week with a strong roster of faces that also include George Barnett, Jamie Wise, Nicolas Ripoll, Ian Sharp and more.
Urban Tribe–John Richmond creates a spring/summer 2014 collection for the man who can transition from an easy sporty style to a more flashy counterpart at night. Tackling everything from the traditional suit to a more tailored track suit, tribal prints steal the scene as the collection’s main design motif. Meanwhile, pops of red, orange and yellow show up for a splash of color in an otherwise grayscale lineup.