We’ve got a few more runway shows from Milan we wanted to cover before shifting over to Paris. Here, we’ve got looks from Costume National and we’re really excited about the label’s offerings for next fall. The fine knits stood out immediately, not only for their tailored fit but for the not-so-subtle infusion of color in some of the pieces. The suiting, as always, is looking solid and definitely a key aspect of Costume National’s offerings.
Red Wing‘s really upped their offerings in recent months and its looks to be another solid lineup come Fall 2011. We’ve got looks at eight really well-thoughtout styles for North America, all of which we can can expect to see at stockists nationwide when the season hits. The Red Wing 9029 in Black Featherstone (above) is definitely one of my personal favorites simply because it doesn’t look like your traditional workbook though it encompasses all that we’ve come to expect from Red Wing.
For the past few seasons, Umit Benan has been crafting product we wish would release immediately, rather than six to eight months down the line. The designer’s Fall 2011 collection is no different as it’s filled with some really impeccable suiting and complimentary pieces to boot. And as always, the styling is flawless, folks. The fall line is dubbed, “Investment Bankers,” and we see why as much inspiration is pulled from the 80s and 90s of the industry. Must-have item, you ask? Three-piece plaid suit with double-breasted vest. Whoa.
With this being Mark McNairy’s first season at the helm of Woolrich Woolen Mills, many did not know what to expect from the former J.Press designer. The result is a Fall 2011 collection that’s equal parts Ivy and vintage workwear. There’s plenty of well-crafted product in the lineup from the rugged outwear pieces down to the rolled-up khakis. Though the brand’s former head designer, Daiki Suzuki, is now gone, we see Mr. McNairy’s pays respect to the man’s past work by infusing the fall line with some workwear-inspired detailing reminiscent of the EG designer’s work.
At this year’s (capsule) show in New York, Sebago turned us to their collaboration with Filson. The collection will feature six styles when they hit stockists next fall, all of which are impeccably designed and feature Filson’s iconic oil tin cloth in the uppers. The shoes utilize several other fabrics as well such as distressed leather and suede. We’ve highlighted two of our favorite styles after the jump.
While at this year’s (capsule) show, we had the opportunity to check out Diemme’s Fall 2011 collection and have to say it’s really something spectacular. This past winter was more of a soft launch the Italian brand told us, but with the amount of press coverage they received, you’d think otherwise. Well, expect next winter’s lineup to pack more punch and a more robust collection. Diemme will be dropping a line of sneakers to compliment their iconic hiker boots. Furthermore, the hiker boot styles have received some welcomed adjustments but the craftsmanship and detail isn’t lost.
For the next fall, Jil Sander continues to evolve her minimalistic approach by dropping suiting that’s more structured than we’d seen in the spring line and consistently darker as far as the color palette goes. The outerwear’s phenomenal though we can expect bigger pockets and a bit more functionality from these pieces. Jil Sander has also brought lots of texture into the line across all the items from the coats to the suiting and sweaters.
I’ve always believed that if you’re going to look for inspiration when it comes to suiting, look no further than the past collections from Ermenegildo Zegna. They’ve been consistently epic year in and year out but that’s because the Zegna name was built on suits and formal wear. Their F/W 2011 collection was on display at this week’s Milan Fashion Week and goes to show the label’s ability to deliver product that is forever timeless. The styling for the show was amazing as well-layered outfits and color palette that’s sure to admired next winter.
The fun’s kicked off at this season’s Milan Fashion Week and the Burberry Prorsum A/W ’11 menswear show is leading the way in more ways than one. If you recall during last year’s show, Burberry gave their Creative Director, Christopher Bailey, the reigns to the company’s Twitter account to interact with the masses and give up constant updates leading up to the show. This year, the British-bred label is utilizing new technology in ways we’ve yet to see in the fashion industry.
The show was available via a global stream on the Burberry website which actually allows folks to instantly purchase the men’s collection through innovative “click to chat” functionality immediately following the live broadcast. Orders can be placed for one week until Sunday January 23rd and will be delivered within two months, giving the high fashion global consumer instant gratification receiving their product ahead of standard delivery times.
As for the product, needless to say it was phenomenal. Mr. Bailey leveraged the company’s longstanding reputation in the outerwear segment and dished out a plethora of coats for next winter. Honestly speaking, some of the detailing is outlandish but delivery is on point with plenty of well-cut trenchcoats and parkas in heavy wools.
Shop the Burberry Fall/Winter 2011 collection here.
For the past four years, the Lunettes boutique in Berlin has been a great source for 20th Century unworn vintage eyewear. The Lunettes Kollektion is the famed shop’s in-house brand which features shapes and designs reminiscent of vintage frames with a generous dab of the very individual sub-culture that defines Berlin style. Each design is carefully produced by small family-run factories in Italy and Austria, using traditional methods of frame production. All frames come in exclusive packaging inspired by soap and chocolate boxes of the roaring 1920s.
Uta Geyer, head of Lunettes, tells us her and her team are extremely environmentally conscious as well, so to reduce their carbon footprint while supporting their local communities, Lunettes works with small local firms instead of mass production facilities. Berlin book bindery Ernst Lies (Est. 1869) creates the handcrafted cases that accompany each frame.