Gisele Bündchen with white piano in “About a Boy” for US Vogue, September 2004. Photograph by Craig McDean.
“Wilde child. As you gender-blend, mix stripes, plaids, and herringbone. Valentino mustard-and-paprika plaid blouse, about $1,980, Valentino boutiques. Marc Jacobs wide-leg oatmeal pants, about $785, Marc Jacobs stores. Valentino velvet necktie. Prada patent-leather purse. Robot charm, and fire charm.”
The label from Japanese designer Jideki Kimura returns with a range of inspiring AW offerings mixing an assortment of shades and patterns. A revamped take on streetwear that elevates each look through plays on length, patterns and materials. I can’t help to find it interesting how despite my natural inclination towards bespoke and classic style, Japanese designers and styling always manage to get my attention and inspire me to bend boundaries.
Established as one of the most charismatic Spanish brands of recent years, MAN 1924 has been continuously presenting a very personal take on relaxed tailoring. The family-run label from Bilbao places a heavy emphasis on high-end materials and natural fibres to materialize its unique interpretation of contemporary elegance - one that embodies several cultural elements of its Spanish heritage.
Whereas we’re faced with relaxed linen saharianas or more polished tailored sports jackets, there an underlying relaxed coolness behind each and every garment on its collections. This very same coolness is blatantly visible on the superb style of Carlos Castillo and Jorge Navares (the male duo behind the brand), which easily transitions from suited attires to carefully curated combinations of chinos, shirts and casual jackets.
Its SS17 collection explores new unstructured jacket designs, made from luxurious lightweight “tinto in capo” cotton and linen blends (such as the green version on the first picture). Vests are also at the core of the collection, allowing for interesting layering even during Summer, whereas on the more tailored end of the spectrum three-button-two jackets shine in beautiful plaid and herringbone versions.