NEW YORK, NY November 27, 2013/FR/
Using light fabrics and easy layering, the Dunhill spring/summer 2014 collection includes a gorgeous silk raincoat with rubberized lining and modern takes on classic blazers, such as one light jacket with elongated lapels in a versatile midnight blue. The smaller bowties, mini check lining, and a three-piece “puppy tooth” (mini hounds tooth) suit are testaments to the brand’s transformation and new direction, which is contemporary and classic all at once. While sticking the painted paisley and 1930s style silk scarves, the collection also features unstructured jackets, lightweight pink pullovers, wool bombers, and window pane prints for the younger, nonchalant globetrotter.
NEW YORK, NY November 18, 2013/FR/
Brendan Mullane proposes his own reinterpretation of the Brioni‘s Italian traditions in the new spring/summer 2014 collection, his second since he joined the house in June 2012. Founded in Roma in 1945, Brioni’s goal has since been to define Italian timeless elegance. Using a tile pattern originating from the 1950s as a continuum for the collection, Brioni’s Creative Director juggled with tradition and modernity. Mullane borrowed his palette from the city’s architecture and soft tones, ranging from beige to dark reds, soft lilac, pale blues, and grays, to design elegant suits as well as casual day wear. The interplay between the pure, clean-cuts in mellow colors, and a clever use of texture, layers, and materials is the highlight of the collection.
Although Mullane’s work for spring/summer 2014 is a real praise of Brioni’s traditions, the oversized bags and the use of exotic materials like crocodile give the collection a modern touch that meets the needs of the modern man.
Giorgio Armani in New York
NEW YORK NY November 5, 2013/FR/
In a one-night-only New York City event, over 700 people were in the Meatpacking district for an exclusive Giorgio Armani show. A-list guests like Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Hilary Swank, Martin Scorsese, Renée Zellweger, Glenn Close, Lauren Hutton, and Olivia Munnwere there, clad in Armani.
The show was dedicated to the Armani Privé collections. Pastel shades and Jean Harlow-esque silhouettes mark the most recent collection, “Nude.” A Giorgio Armani retrospective entitled“Eccentrico” was also on view, showcasing Armani’s more unconventional designs. Said the man of the night: “For me, eccentricity is an idea that gives new meaning to normality; a way of presenting oneself and interpreting clothes. In this, it is not antithetical to linearity. I would describe it as a mixture of precision, opulence and spontaneity, with lightness as its true essence.”
After the show, guests enjoyed a cocktail dînatoire and party with a DJ set by Mark Ronson.
Mr. Armani Leonardo Di Caprio and Martin Scorsese
Maison Kitsuné SS14
NEW YORK, NY October 26, 2013/FR/
Drawing from New Wave influences and nineties urban-wear while remaining emblematic and chic,Maison Kitsuné’s spring/summer 2014 collection is fun, functional, and experimental.
The men’s line features mod tees and retro polos, paisley print bomber jackets, and deconstructed blazers with anchor buttons and sheer backs for summer days. Button-ups remain lean and crisp, with playful polka dots and plaid patterns. Premium Japanese denim makes its way in the form of jeans and jackets, accentuating the timelessness of the line with smooth transitions from season to season.
The woman’s collection features a beautifully knit tweed blazer and short set (produced in the same factory as Chanel) as well as the brand’s signature red, white, and blue drawstring. Parisian flare crop-tops, open-back dresses, and cotton sweaters feature the Oliver Fox print. A lightweight, floral motif is found in voluminous jackets and delicate shirts. Bold stripes in contrasting blue and white as well as intentionally un-hemmed trousers add a street element without being too overdone, while satin bombers and matching skirt sets give it a cheerleader-chic feel.
The spring/summer 2014 collection also features a collaboration with Oliver Peoples for sunglasses, as well as a “Parisien” New Era fitted cap in blue and red. The spring/summer 2014 line also includes “Parisien” which highlights the brand’s basics with polos and denim shirts in a wider cut, as well as Kitsuné T, an oh-so-nineties line of colorful graphic tees that are soft and iconic, with funky illustrations and strong pop culture influences, coming, no doubt, with a free music download of bands from the Kitsuné label.
Maison Kitsuné SS14