It’s time to focus, gentlemen. Sure, there’s still snow on the ground, fall gear is being sent down the runways, and a pesky groundhog would like you to think otherwise, but: spring is right around the corner.
And believe it or not, the spring menswear is already trickling into shops. Which might be hard to wrap your head around at the moment, so to get you in the right frame of mind, we’ve put together a lookbook of lookbook shots ripped from the pages of our favorite S/S 2014 campaigns, to inspire—and remind—you how to dress for the warmer months to come.
You’ve got turkeys to carve. Champagne bottles to open. Colleagues to glad-hand. Old acquaintances to get reacquainted with... You know, the usual.
And since we’re here to help guide you through it all as handsomely as possible, we’ve put together a little sartorial inspiration board for the occasions ahead of you—borrowed from this season’s best lookbook snaps.
Believe you me, we’ve seen plenty of lookbooks in our day, but we were genuinely intrigued when the latest from Paul Smith came in over the transom.
Well, it’s not exactly a lookbook—it’s a quick video of two incredibly brave and well-dressed mountain climbers ascending a peak, stripping down and performing a white-knuckle high-wire act. Which is where the above frame comes from—this fellow is suspended 2,500 kilometers in the air with nothing but his wits and a pair of brightly striped skivvies. It’s a thrilling watch and worth a round of applause for its ingenuity.
We know. It’s summer. Your mind is a veritable View-Master of barbecues, long-weekend sojourns and scantily clad beach flings. But eventually, after the sand settles, and Mandy heads back to Vassar, it’ll be fall. And from what we’ve seen, you’re going to look fantastic.
Herewith, the definitive list of must-have sartorial trappings from our favorite Fall/Winter ’13 lookbooks.
We’re working off a hunch here, but you’ve probably got a few semiformal gatherings to attend in the upcoming weeks.
And if you’re looking for some guidance on what to throw on, the latest holiday lookbook from Gant Rugger is a pretty good start. The middle one here is our favorite of the bunch, but there are plenty more after the jump—whether you’re thinking jeans and a blazer or head-to-toe green. In addition to the snaps, Christopher Bastin et al filmed a short video featuring the clothes in action, some textbook champagne sabering and a fond kiss from an Emma Watson look-alike—all set to the curiously spot-on tune of “The Promise” by British New Wave band When in Rome.
We’re heading into deep fall—and here’s your refresher course on layering.
This snap comes from the recently released fall ’12 lookbook of Alexandre Mattiussi’s AMI line (you’ll recognize his houndstooth DB as a Fall Must Have) and is the spitting image of what you should be thinking for fall: layers, chunky knits and a shot of dark, rich color. (Though you might want to tuck in that shirt.) The entire lookbook is a good place to start if you need a reminder of how fall looks outside of a suit, so we pulled some of our favorite looks.
Diffusion lines are nothing new, but lately we’ve been seeing some bold-faced menswear names deciding to collaborate with big-box retailers for capsule collections (you might remember Odin and Target’s recent team-up).
Enter the latest high-low venture from Gap, facilitated by GQ and involving just about every so-hot-right-now designer in the menswear blogoshpere: Ovadia & Sons, Ian Velardi, Mark McNairy, Saturdays, BLK DNM and Todd Snyder. With that much talent in one shopping aisle, you’re bound to turn out more than a few exciting pieces. And since we were allowed a sneak peek at Tuesday night’s launch event (you’ll need to check a map for your nearest shopping mall on September 27 to see them yourself), we thought we’d give you the inside scoop on the most promising stuff.
This snap comes from Monitaly’s just-unveiled fall/winter 2012 lookbook. Which, on the outset, showcases Yuki Matsuda’s deft grasp of tailored workwear once again—it’s more of the same upcycled wooliness that Americana-philes have been lusting after for the past few seasons—but we couldn’t help noticing the blond beard and golden locks of the lookbook’s star. It’s as if he’s channeling a higher workwear power, wandering through an autumnal wonderland—stopping into a carpentry shop and even posing in front of a Christmas tree—leading his apostles of modern woodsmen to the promised Americana-land. But we'll let you draw your own conclusions...
This latest installment comes from the collective minds of LA-based label U.S. Alteration (yes, that is Lupe Fiasco in their lookbook) and one of our favorite men’s shops, Union. They’ve taken military-issue fatigues and put them through an over-dye process, giving the camo a muted look—except for the few patches they’ve left exposed. It might be the most inventive repurpose of camo we’ve seen yet. They’re launching the gear this weekend in LA with a big to-do, so those of us not in town will have to wait till the stuff makes its way onto the Web.
Synergy can be a wonderful thing. For instance, when Gant Rugger designer Christopher Bastin was looking for inspiration for his fall line, his mind wandered to his plate (great menswear and great food both require impeccable taste). So when it came time to shoot the fall campaign, he looked to his favorite farm-to-table hideout, NYC’s Fat Radish. And ended up casting the actual proprietors and staff in the lookbook. In the first snap here, you’ll find the owners and FoK (friends of Kempt) Phil Winser and Ben Towill fourth and second from the right, respectively.
Consider it a success, because it’s got us hungry for fall.