Monday, September 20, 2010

Savoir Faire New York Men's Colelctions Review

While the Paris collections for men are almost conceptual in their approach, with just minor elements filtering down to the man in the street, the New York collections could go straight from the runway onto the street. These are no fuss designs relying heavily on classic cuts, and colour to give them the edge. We see new interpretations of where colour and pattern can be used and I am all for it. All too often the man in the street is not very adventurous where colour or pattern is concerned, just sticking to those tried and true combinations that we feel comfortable with, so as to avoid any sort of fashion crime or looking like a clown.

Michael Bastion showed wonderful clothes with subtle elongated lines and deep necklines, that should I dare say it looked very slimming. The high cut waists (so unusual on the street these days) and narrow shoulders I thought very versatile. The colour palette used great combinations of darker heavy outer layers with pops of colour underneath. We also saw from Bastion nice subtle interpretations of everyday classics, however not everyone can pull off the shorter trouser, as you definitely need the right shoe.

Monarchy presented a definite preppy look which I adored.

Philip Lim did what he did best with wonderfully tailored shorts and jackets, which are classics. I have a pair of Lim shorts bought several years ago and they look just as fresh now as what they did then.

Y3 while more conceptual than others showing still presented a very wearable collection for the young hipster around town, with lots of bright colours and fairly unstructured jackets.

Classic stripes with a nautical feel prevailed at Lacoste for supremely elegant and breezy resort wear.

However two collections which won hands down for me were those of Tommy Hilfiger and Perry Ellis. I am not usually a fan of either, however just love both of these, for the wonderful colours and pattern combinations.

Perry Ellis’ wonderful coral striped sweater and coral shirt are winners for me.

And really who can go past Hilfiger’s wonderful pastels and combination of pattern? Looks like plaid ties are going to be the big hit!

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