As we transition into fall, you may notice a few new fabrics appearing on the shelves—wool replacing cotton, tweed replacing linen and so on. It’s the most important part of the seasonal shift, and the most often overlooked. To show you what we mean, we’ve pulled together detail shots of some of our favorite gear of the season—so you can see the best fall fabrics up close.
This morning’s snap comes from Gilded Age’s latest fall/winter lookbook, which apparently takes place backstage at a traveling menswear circus. Just a bunch of guys, playing poker and wearing top hats, no big deal.
Starting today, Gilded Age graces Uniqlo with a few downmarket gems, and the fine folks at Shophound managed to get a few early pics. We thought it was a good catch when the collab was announced, and it looks even better now, particularly the red henley-ed sweater on the right. On your marks, get set…
Uniqlo has a remarkably catalog for a down-market brand, but even more impressive is how many upscale designers they’ve managed to tempt in for collaborations. Alexander Wang, Loden Dager, Tim Hamilton were all on last year’s list, but apparently the ‘qlo has a few more in the works.
Gilded Age acquits themselves fairly with a set of baggy, nautical gear, but we’re more partial to Opening Ceremony, not least because of their electric blue suit that looks like it could have come right off Pete Campbell’s back.
We’ve been impressed by Gilded Age before, but this is the first time they’ve pushed themselves historically. Their usual beat is 19th Century New England workwear, but their latest collection sees them swerving in a Hopper-esque direction. Instead of anachronistic rural digs, they’ve moved to anachronistic urban gear, meaning two-colored cardigans, trench coats and denim blazers, among others. There are enough people chasing the *Mad Men* look already, but Gilded Age is bringing something entirely their own to the look.
And, of course, they still churn out weathered jeans and flannel as well as anyone.
As we head towards the top (or bottom) of our list, sportswear slowly falls away and the cream rises.
4. Tie — Gilded Age and John Varvatos:
Two more different collections would be hard to find. For the Kempt man, however, Gilded Age and John Varvatos represent a perfect balance of casual and formal. Yes, Gilded Age (pictured) upped the ante this year with a new capsule line of fine, history-inspired wool suits and bowler hats. Still, the best things here stressed comfort and ease—hearty outdoor ware for more active hours. Varvatos, on the other hand, has pushed himself closer to European territory. His shimmering gray collection lies closer to the boundaries of fashion than almost any of his previous work (perhaps toiling for Converse has compelled him to whip up these chancy new lapels and such.) It's heady stuff, but just as slick and masculine as ever. Grab a little from each of these lines, and you're set till 2010. [links above]