The lounge and villa life is one that I exemplify.
What with frequent luxury getaways or luscious holidays, the brand identity of Palmiers du Mal, a spirit and travel inspired brand by designers Brandon Capps and Shane Fonner, resonates strongly with my personality. And as per the spring and fall seasons at New York Fashion Week Mens (NYFWM), the flowing clothes and laid back bohemian vibe has been a perfect fit. As a New York based luxury resort wear brand, it is a lifestyle of “artists, writers, gypsies and philosophers”, which explains the unique, vibrant and free-spirited nature of their work.
This season however, there was a slight departure in their thematic choice, as they chose to focus on the Pink Panthers Jewel Thieves Network, formulating the style of a man that was a self proclaimed thief and had fled to a getaway island after a successful robbery. Said robbery was in fact likely the Kim Kardashian heist reported earlier in Paris, where the network was a prime suspect. While not my style in ambition, the overall getaway aspect and the tranquil nature of the line continued to resonate with me.
The inspiration of liberally loose loungewear was still a mainstay in the collections. Lounge jackets with velvet and silk piping like Japanese designs, a glint of a few gold zippers, and silk blended pajama pants and boxy loose fit shirts were all eye catchers to form a lazy silhouette, one matched with platform style slippers, if I spotted them correctly.
For winter, there were dual colored block turtlenecks, faux fur hoodies, rose gold zipper winter coats and block print cardigan style jackets, even as a house-coat style plaid coverup sans buttons. These completed the weather relevant equation while providing the lazy backdrop that the brand was known for.
A few letterings were spotted, including ‘Consignment’ on a longline tee, and the detail of a palm tree at the back of a flowy white shirt that spoke of leisurely getaways.
While a tad unconventional, what with mixing leisure with trickery, Palmiers du Mal continued to relay a laid back, sexy and effortless vibe with clothing that would definitely merit a long, long staycation on a secluded spot.
Oh so inspiring…