Being a true gentleman truly never goes out of style.
And pangs of envy.
Many have no shame when they ogle at a suit on a man with the poise to carry it off with a delectable swagger. And who better than a suiting brand from my once home Holland to teach us about the art of dressing? Invited to the panoramic Soho Loft of the iconic Suit Supply for their SS16 collection was a lesson in dapper styling. A first for New York Fashion Week Mens (#NYFWM), also a first to put menswear to the forefront. And rightfully so, as I packed up my iPhone and headed straight to Soho for an enviable presentation.
The key takeaway for my day was: keep it simple but significant. It was all in the fabrics and detailing of this Cuban inspired collection that hit the right notes and seduced the mind, while teaching it a couple of styling lessons.
The entire loft was laced with dapper gentlemen bringing to light perfectly (fitted but not over-fitted) two-piece with double breasted and three piece suits. Thick linens, starched cottons and summer cashmeres made for touchable fabrics that sat in place, ready for work or play.
In terms of trending colors, Cuban Havana travel hues were all the rage, with soil browns and loden greens with cobalt blues and navy blues, tans and nudes and greys all thrown in for a purposeful safari vibe.
My favorite pieces included the ones where models played with mix and match. A tartan vest with a bright blazer, or a vest and blazer combo with a contrasting blazer. These gave a lighter spirit to the otherwise stoic looks that grace runways.
The wide windowpane check also made a theatrical comeback, with two piece suits blaring of the return of this retro trend in slim fits and matching accessories. As did the vest trend, adding a touch of mischief to a shirt, or toning down the formality sans blazer. Most vests with Suit Supply were tartan or plaid, a terrific focal point for an outfit. And while only one model sported the shorts, it was a pronounced trend waiting to happen.
Accessories are detailed staples, and visually did not fall behind, with a fine linen scarf tucked into the coat of one gentleman, or straw hats, fedoras and classic sunglasses for men of the sunny outdoors who could not adorn beachwear. Or linen and cotton ties in solids, stripes or classic motifs, or ruffled pocket squares for a casual edge that gave away a hint of personality. As well as travel friendly duffel bags in suedes and leathers, with buckle detailing for the traveling safari types (like me!).
And from monkstraps to loafers, the shoe collection was an enviable one, in finest of leathers and simplest of designs, so as to not distract but rather provide an affirmation of solid commitment to craftsmanship. Especially when sported sans socks or with rolled up jeans for a casual look.
A peak into the back room showed seamstresses and tailors at work, a first in my recent experience. The accessibility gave the entire showroom a handcrafted and detail attentive vibe, which resurrected the devotion to craft.
The key takeaway from Suit Supply were aplenty.
Keep it simple, stylish, but not as simple as sans details: go on a safari, tailor the look to the weather or the adventure, and accessorize meticulously.
For nothing beats the refinement of a man in a well tailored suit.
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