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.
Valentino Standard–Enlisting models for a stylish army, Valentino creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli embraced a military motif for their spring/summer 2014 collection. Beginning with conservative suits for the civilian in denim hues, the design duo pulled the layers back for a more apparent approach to the season. Utilizing a crisp white t-shirt as the collection’s core essential, other sportswear separates easily came together. The shirt jacket was reinterpreted in light leather while selective color blocking paved the way for experiments with camouflage, furnishing outerwear, suiting separates and more.
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.
Tailored Palette–Italian label Canali looks to classic tailored lines for the heart of their spring/summer 2014 collection. Progressing the season’s identity with colors and prints, artists Giorgio Morandi and Yves Klein serve as the inspiration. Here vibrant blues dress double-breasted jackets, long overcoats and fitted cardigans. Dabbling with the color red and stripes as well, Canali dreams up a story that takes their man from the air of formality to the casualness of leisure at the sea.
Drawing Fashion–If Mad Men character Don Draper had a modern incarnation, Bottega Veneta’s spring/summer 2014 collection would be right up his alley. Crafting a collection for today’s professional with a retro inspiration, Bottega Veneta creative director Tomas Maier began today’s show with choice gray suit numbers, highlighting a slim fit and graphic accents to mirror the tailor. Continuing the show with drawn on elements, polo shirts, cardigans and sweaters reinforced a smart man of leisure, towing the line between reserved and colorful. Rounding out the collection with black & white checks drawn to different proportions, Maier gave his man sleek options for a stylish season perspective.
Air of the World–Corneliani creative director Sergio Corneliani takes on a worldwide perspective for his latest outing for the Italian fashion brand. Informing a modern aesthetic with spring hues, light fabrics and semi-relaxed cuts, the collection comes together with a certain ease and freshness. Drawn to a varied color palette that ranges from serene blue to a pleasant lavender, a certain casualness is attractive with open-weave knits, linen trousers and sandals among an international adaptation of the suit, changing up lapels, proportions and more for an interesting style suggestion.