We’ve noticed a new breed of suit popping up lately, cut from tightly woven, often three-ply wool that’s built to take a few hours of being bunched up in an overhead or seated on a train yet arrive without a wrinkle, ready to be worn to your destination.
London Collections: Men wrapped yesterday, and while you (or the people you follow on Instagram) head south to Florence for Pitti, we’ve put together a recap of the very best Insta-moments from this year’s SS15 collections.
This is Bruce Chatwin.
And he was named as the inspiration for Burberry Prorsum’s S/S 2015 collection that just stepped off the runway in London.
It’s not often a label name-drops a style icon so obscure that we’re left scratching our heads. So we did some digging, and as it turns out, he really was one stylish dude—in addition to being a lifelong traveler and novelist. In other words, good inspiration for anyone looking for adventure.
While you’ve probably got a trusty pair of shades tucked away from last summer, it’s always nice to have another pair to reach for in the event of the inevitable… Forgetting them in a cab. A tragic kayaking mishap. Accidents happen.
Luckily, a handsome new crop of sunglasses has landed on the market just in time to have you fully equipped to keep your eyes stylishly protected from the harmful effects of the sun—and the occasional morning after—when you’ll need them most. Even luckier: we’ve rounded up your best options, from new-age club masters to good old aviators. So, without further ado:
With spring showers beginning to sprinkle over the northern hemisphere, it’s more than likely you’ll be reaching for a raincoat sometime soon—or looking for a new one. And in 2013, there’s a dizzying array of options to choose from. But before you head out into the damp unknown in your finest waterproof jacketry, you should know what your choice in gear says about you.
On the occasion of this weekend’s premiere of the Steve Jobs biopic, jOBS, at Sundance, we are ever reminded of his iconic allegiance to the turtleneck. (Ashton Kutcher seems to have done a fine job of pulling it off himself.)
In fact, ever since we told the menswear-osphere to stop fearing the turtleneck, we’ve been noticing dapperly swaddled necks popping up everywhere—we won’t take full credit for the garment’s renaissance—on runways, in magazines, at tradeshows and even in our favorite menswear shops.
We like to give the micro-trends of Fashion (with a capital F) a wide berth, but we’ve been keeping tabs on the migration of the menswear set’s biannual pilgrimage through Europe—for those keeping score, they’re in Milan now and will be in Paris by week’s end—and we’re beginning to notice more and more animal prints show up on the runways. For the most part it’s been kept to the clothes, bags and shoes… until we saw these shades from yesterday’s Burberry Prorsum show with leopard print on the lenses. It’s hard to imagine it would be easy to see in those things. At this point we’re quite literally being blinded by fashion.
Menswear’s newest red-carpet darling, Eddie Redmayne, showed up to yesterday’s National Board of Review Awards in a jet-black Burberry suit tailored to within an inch of its life.
It works for Redmayne because he’s a slim guy—the smaller lapels, the sleek arms, the skinny tie all work together to create a very modern British look. But if you were to put something with the same trimmed-down proportions on a wider frame, you might be veering into Joel McHale circa 2011 territory. In other words, this is a good lesson on proportion and fit for the slimmer gents out there—and a cautionary tale for the broad-shouldered. And throwing an interesting tie into the simple black-and-white palette doesn’t hurt either.
Neither does being British.
Winter has a way of sneaking up on us. (Happens every year.)
And waiting until the first day it’s genuinely freezing to get yourself a new winter coat usually doesn’t end well—you’re either digging through whatever’s left on the racks or subjecting yourself to another year with that old coat that never lived up to expectations.
In other words, the time to find your perfect winter coat is now. And since winter means different things to different people (someone who lives in the Pacific Northwest versus a steelworker in Pittsburgh, for instance), we’ve put together a wintry mix of coats that should have you covered for every occasion.
Another month has gone by, and with it, another thousand pages of glossy, gently perfumed menswear journalism has arrived on our doorstep.
Naturally, we’ve got a few opinions.
Choosing just the right scent for the season is a tricky business. Sure, you could head to the fragrance department at Barneys.
Or you could go to YouTube and watch what, in our humble opinion, are the “Top 10 YouTube Videos Featuring Random Dudes Offering No One in Particular Their Favorite Fall Fragrances of 2011, Broadcast from What Appear to Be Their Parents’ Basements.”
There’s a lot to love about modern British style, but somehow the colognes tend to be overlooked. To correct that injustice, we direct you to Burberry’s gift-friendly fragrance, Burberry Brit, which wraps up the whole unpretentious style in a pair of his and hers scents. If you’re into perfume lingo, you’ll be eager to hear about the fresh, woodsy, oriental flavors involved, but mostly it’s every bit as classic as you’d expect from a brand like Burberry—which should be all you need to know.
This week’s MOTH finds us digging deep into the internet—a German street style blog, to be specific—to find a punk-inflected Berliner named Felix (note the piercings) who has managed to masquerade a respectable member of square society with the help of a modified vintage Burberry trench. As it happens, that’s one of the top brands on eBay and in the vintage hunt in general, and this is a pretty good explanation of why.
Underneath it all, he’s sporting the same gray t-shirt as all the other 21-year-olds in town, but a well-chosen piece of outerwear is enough to elevate the whole thing. And no, that popped collar isn’t fooling anyone.
The trench coat is already one of the more iconic items in the menswear canon, so it hardly needs the ad treatment—but it couldn’t hurt.
Today, Burberry launched a site called Art of the Trench dedicated to classic outerwear piece in all its forms. You can see street style shots from all over—including this one from Mr. Schuman himself—which should give you some ideas on how to style yourself. We prefer a dark navy or black like the gentleman here, but dig around the site and you’ll find plenty of other ideas.
As for the timing, it might have done us a bit more good a few weeks back…but we’re not complaining.
Brit music and style icon Bryan Ferry, one of the world’s best-dressed men, wants to try his hand at designing clothes—and why the hell not? Surely being such a lifelong sartorial savant qualifies him more than most. As the man himself tells the London *Times*, “If P. Diddy can do it, why can’t I?” A private label is “something I would really like to do,” Ferry says, noting, “I should have done it years ago.”
After all, last year’s Burberry men’s collection was basically an homage to the Roxy Music frontman’s signature *haute*-lounge lizard look, and he did once collaborate on a collection for Brit retailer Topman. So what would a Bryan Ferry collection look like? Well, he’s partial to bespoke dress shirts from Dunhill these days and suits from Richard Anderson of Savile Row, so that might give you an idea.
Time to brush up on your jai alai skills.
This month’s Esquire features a rundown on the more obscure sports and the Brit-inspired clothes they require. This being Esquire, the labels range from Burberry to Canali to the omni-present Mr. Lauren, but the styles are much more…uniform. White pants, white knits and white sneakers are more or less the uniform from tennis to cricket. Polo isn’t mentioned, but you can probably guess what to wear»
*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*
The admirable cause of saving the High Line on Manhattan’s West Side might have only gotten so far on merit alone; what really put it over the top were all the fabulous fetes and benefits held to raise money for the daunting task of converting it into a public park and promenade (and possibly the only safe vantage point for viewing the Meat Packing District on some nights). High Line booster Bronson van Wyck (as in the Expressway named for his ancestors), is the event planner extraordinaire who donated his serves to the cause.
Hot off of Pitto Uomo, the fashion cognoscenti hustled over the Apennines, landing in Italy’s fashion capitol, Milan. As always, there’s far too much to report on, even from our remote Manhattan perch.
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