Get ready for a fun SS14 season, guys. Color, pattern, easy silhouettes and tech-y fabrics are dominating what we’ve been seeing at the recent menswear shows, press appointments and will see soon at MBFW (heavens, yes, it’s just around the corner!).
Last week, witness Alberto, a 90 year old German company that has a whole lot of modern going on in its men’s jeans collection these days.
Okay, so these paisley power pants, above, may not be every guy’s idea of throwing a little bit of print into his wardrobe. But you’ve gotta admit, they are ultra cool. I’ve got tons of guy friends who could – and would – rock these powerful paisley jeans!
The bleached denim, below, was the strongest look and probably will be the most popular. Dudes, these are the jeans for you. Trust. The bleaching process is done by hand, there are three distinct fits and there is a tech aspect to much of the denim.
Like the jeans below that incorporate Italian piece goods made with stretch and the “Ceramica” finish on the cotton that keeps it cool with a soft cashmere touch. These were my favs by far, with their striated weave pattern that is new and directional for SS14. We were lucky enough and quite thankful to be gifted a pair for the man (we chose the Modern FIt Stretch in pima cotton with a bit of a brushed hand), so we’ll be reporting back soon to let you know his feeling on the fit and fabric after he wears them. He’s loving the idea of being able to work ’em for office wear, though!
The 57th Street Schuyler 4 Ltd. showroom where I caught the Alberto presentation also houses Haupt shirts and jackets and Codice knitwear. Haupt has been a fashion entity since 1926, and is now turning out fun prints and colorful patterns, plus the new kind of short sleeve plaid and check shirts that fit perfectly into that trend for the upcoming spring season.
Codice, fairly a babe in threads, with four years under its business belt, does the knit pique polo shirt proud with just the right amount of distressing at the seams and placket and sumptuously saturated hues and striped patterns overall. Again, thanks to Deborah and Hyela (thank you so much, ladies!), I came home with swag for the stylin’ man — a Codice Vintage Laundry garment dyed lightweight cotton polo for the hubby. He loves it already and I would post a shot, but he’s being shy these days! More when I update on his take on the togs.