Moncler’s Gamme Bleu line was showcased at this week’s Milan Fashion Week with plenty of signature offerings on display. Beyond the usual thigh high shorts and tailored suiting, the runway show featured fencing jackets and enhanced jock cups as well to really take things to heights. Thom Browne is doing an exceptional job with this label and he infused more of his American flavor in this lineup than we’ve seen in seasons past and it’s apparent with the addition of a few padded jackets and quilted blazers.
On Sunday, Mark McNairy presented his Spring/Summer 2012 collection for Woolrich Woolen Mills, his second for the label. The offerings were inspired by the 1960′s television show “The Rat Patrol” and Ernest Hemingway’s African safaris as the collection evokes the deserts and plains of Africa with khaki suiting, light weight fabrics and African print shirts, ties and scarves. Also added to the mix are new shoes and shirting silhouettes as well as the utilization of technical fabircs nylons and polyester.
Milan Fashion Week has officially kicked off and the first menswear show to hit the runway is Ermenegildo Zegna and the famed label’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection. The offerings rack up to a large selection of suiting in an array of colors and fabrics. There is some casual wear thrown into the mix but the aesthetics and tailoring are still top notch, as you would expect it to be from one of the finest Italian labels of our times.
Though we’re well past this season’s New York Fashion Week, we were revisiting some of the shows and felt compelled to present the video from the Band of Outsiders Fall 2011 show. It was pretty intense but we’re not trying to give of it away. As for the pieces on display, they were nothing short of spectacular. I personally think though that they were trying to reach into quadrants they aren’t necessarily known for and that may make or break them when it all goes down next winter.
We highlighted the GANT by Michael Bastian collection two weeks back during New York Fashion Week but we’re really excited to present this video which accompanies the offerings. Hit the jump to see what Michael Bastian had to say about his “Tales From a Northern Country”collection, and the inspiration behind his F/W 2011 lineup for GANT.
We’ve gotten our hands on a couple shots from Diesel Black Gold’s A/W 2011 presentation at New York Fashion Week. There’s much to be had here and I can say that with much confidence. The distressed leather jacket shown above is just one example how well crafted this collection truly is. Timeless staples such as a black peacoat are mixed in with slim fit suiting and must-have mid layer pieces.
New York City’s Grand Central Station played host to Moncler Grenoble’s Fall 2011 presentation during New York Fashion Week. “A large flash mob dance party was organized, with all participants wearing the new Moncler Grenoble Collection. Travelers walked by, stopped, took pictures and participated.” We were equally impressed by the offerings which varied in fabric and color. When was the last time Moncler disappointed, anyone remember because we surely don’t. (via Selectism)
Billy Reid had another successful showing at this week’s New York Fashion Week. The southern designer’s Fall 2011 collection is filled with gems and though we saw the offerings at (capsule) a few weeks back, the presentation puts the complete lineup into perspective and gives it some meaning. Some of the standout items to anticipate include an English tweed blanket lined car coat as well as a Hand-tailored navy four-harness hopsack double-breasted jacket.
We had the opportunity to check out the GANT by Michael Bastian Fall 2011 collection in person last week at New York Fashion Week and have to say we were thoroughly impressed. The gifted designer took much inspiration from a weekend getaway in a small cabin in a Nordic forest, blanketed in snow and isolated from the rest of the world. The result is a tremendously curated lineup, which infuses American heritage with the brand’s Scandinavian roots.
Key pieces include waffle knit thermals, patched and mended Shetland sweaters, ski and tracking-influenced outerwear, as well as washed cotton moleskin, corduroy and flannel tailored pants and other clothing.
Steven Alan presented his Fall 2011 collection to kick off New York Fashion Week and from the preview shots, we’ve got a solid lineup to look forward to. The styling is very outdoorsy this time around with items such as a mountaineering jacket, down jacket, and four-button blazer all added to the mix. The layering is really well done with cardigans and other fine knits playing a crucial mid layer role. We spied at least one pair of hiking boots so let’s hope they’re still relevant next fall.