Baby, it’s getting cold outside: men’s overcoats for a/w 2014

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As the autumn season slowly fades and

winter weather whisks in,

the overcoat gains prominence as signature piece.

Its function is two-fold: to provide warmth and protection

against the cold clime and to make the wearer look fabulous in the process.

 

The gents have many choices from which to contemplate

the perfect winter overcoat, which speaks to total comfort

and style needs.

Menswear winter overcoat options,  2014

Wonderfully spoilt for choice

 

Runway Selection

 

(image from style.com):

 

Antonio Marras

mens overcoat, antonio marras, two tone, textured

So much in one look:

tweed patterning, trench-coat material to collar/sleeves

double breast, colour fading, ‘fuzzy-wuzzy’ hem

Umit Benan

menswear, overcoat, puffer, umit benan

Puffer

oversized, baby blue, deep pockets

Diesel Black Gold

menswear, overcoat, slim fit, diesel black

high collar, slim fit, zipper pocket detail

 

 

(images from fashionising):

 

Raf Simons

mens overcoat, raf simons a 14

oversized, concealed button panel, colour bands to sleeve hem

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Artistic speak:

bleach-splash effect with elongated fabric stripes

menswear, overcoat, raf simons

With ‘helping hands’ :

dark fuschia pink, hood

rock and fanned finger print design

Billy Reid

menswear, overcoat, billy reid

long length, blanket texture, classic silhouette

Balenciaga

by Alexander Wang

mens wear. overcoat, balenciaga

A winter-wear classic

the toggle coat

mens overcoat, balenciaga, a14, asymmetric close

asymmetric single close, zipper detail

Costume National

by Ennio Capasa

menswear, overcoat, costume national, blue/black

blue/black colour story

Kenzo

by American designers

Humberto Leon and Carol Lim

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A scenic view:

colour pop landscape imagery inspired by

the landscape of the Pacific Northwest (U. S.)

Street Styling

menswear, camel coat

Well polished:

camel coat

and notice the two-toned green monk shoes!

(photo from pausemag.com):

mens overcoat, brown/contrast black collar

fleck brown with contrast black collar

(photos by Tommy Ton):

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(l) double breast, khaki-brown  with fluff textured collar

(r) large plaid pattern

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Three gents, Three looks

 

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Signori da due

(l) wheat hued toggle with hood

(r) tan, three button, notch lapel

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tactile blue

(photo by cyann):

menswear, overcoat, camel

‘Shoulder perched':

camel classic

‘Jack-ets’ to suit all trades

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There is a certain measure of  ‘je ne sais quoi’,

an almost indescribable special something

about a man sporting a well-fitted jacket.

Be it part of an ensemble of matching jacket and trousers,

cut from the same cloth for an intended constructed look or

an unique deconstructed look of seemingly discordant pieces,

yet which perfectly harmonise:

the effect is evident, a jacket is a definite style maker.

 

 

 
 

 As the autumnal chill sets in, consider a few jacket styling options:

 

 Runway style inspiration

 

Men’s jacket wear,  Autumn  ’14

(images from style.com):

Issey Miyake

by designer, Yusuke Takahashi

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Kaleidoscopic fashion groove

menswear, jacket, issey miyake, a14

Gloves as jacket design extensions

Costume National

by designer, Ennio Capasa

menswear, jacket, costume national

A colour cornucopia:

aubergine purple jacket

tomato red trousers

From British father and son design duo

Casely – Hayford

jacket, suit,  red/black checkered, casely hayford

Red suit with faint/fuzzy black rectangular print

worn with long length tee

jacket, casely hayford, a14

 Bespoke styling

jacket-on-jacket teaming

jacket, suit, casely hayford, a 14

Burnt siena hued suit with

contrast texture in lapel detail

By designer, Siki Im

menswear suit, siki im, a14

Form fit

Asymmetric concealed button closure

 

By designer, Todd Snyder

jacket, todd snyder, a14

A ’60s cool factor

By Belgian designer, Kris van Assche

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Soft sheen suiting

From the design team at Jil Sander

menswear, jacket, jil sander, a14

A bit boxed in

by Umit Benan

menswear, jacket, suit, umit benan, a14

Suited up!

a home run baseball uniform inspiration

 

by Billy Reid

menswear, jacket, billy reid, a14

Fun fabrication

blue textured jacket and blue velvet trousers

 

Etro

by Kean Etro, creative director of Etro Men

 

menswear, suit, plaid, etro, a 14

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Plaid plain speaking

Plaid, plaid and more plaid

 

Shipley and Halmos

by designers, Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos

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Casual and carefree

 

 

 Jacket takes from

Out and About

 

 

 

(photos by Yu Yuan):

 

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Showing how it’s done:

los tres amigos

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 Style options abound

 

(photos by Robert Spangle):

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 It’s all about the accessories:

braces and attached trouser belt-loop chain

 

 

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Ruby red remark

 

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Taking in the view:

window-pane pattern, double breast suit

The fashion world mourns its loss of eminent designer, Óscar Arístides Renta Fiallo (Oscar de la Renta)

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Internationally renown and celebrated fashion designer

Oscar de la Renta has died at age 82.

 

(image from latintrends):

oscar de la renta, portrait

designer, Oscar de la Renta

Born Óscar Arístides Renta Fiallo in the Dominican Republic, 1932

Mr. de la Renta honed his talents under the guidance of

Spanish designer Cristobal Balenciaga.

His career in fashion spanned over fifty years.

He was the ‘go- to’ designer of several U.S. First Ladies,

many Hollywood actresses and women the world over

keen to be dressed in exquisite clothing.

First Lady Favoured

(image from chaos-mag.com):

Jaqueline Kennedy in Oscar de la Renta

Former U.S. First Lady,  Jacqueline Kennedy

(image from theguardian.com):

Hillary Clinton in Oscar de la Renta

Former U.S. First Lady, Hillary Clinton

(image from thestyletribune.com):

michelle obama in oscar de la renta

Present U.S. First Lady, Michelle Obama

Red Carpet Scene Stealers

(images from instyle.com):

kerry washington in oscar de la renta

Kerry Washington

Liv Tyler in Oscar de la Renta

Liv Tyler

jennifer connelly in oscar de la renta

Jennifer Connelly

(images from thestyletribune.com):

jennifer lawrence in oscar de la renta

Jennifer Lawrence

Taylor Swift in Oscar de la Renta

Taylor Swift

SJP in Oscar de la Renta

Sarah Jessica Parker

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New bride Amal Clooney

wedding gown designed by Oscar de la Renta

(image from redcarpetfashionawards.com):

Oprah Winfrey in Oscar de la Renta

Oprah Winfrey shares a red carpet moment with Oscar de la Renta

The fashion industry will sorely mourn the passing of Oscar de la Renta.

 

(image from bbc.co.uk):

oscar de la renta honoured, medal of excellence

Oscar de la Renta

honoured and revered

Tech -fashion: the dress – design, dress – wear of things to come

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Fashion design is about being inventive:

constant contemplation of the next ‘what if’

to take an idea and translate it into a beautiful reality.

Technology has penetrated every aspect of existence.

Now fashion innovators have started to channel

technology into dress creations of style and function.

Clothing is set to be elevated to more than just body covering,

but means to communicate, respond to

various stimuli and react to certain environmental factors.

 

Chinese-born, Montreal-based designer Ying Gao is at the forefront of

fashion / technology- wear.

She has designed dresses which respond to the steady gaze of an on-looker.

If stared at for a length of time, tiny motors are activated and parts of the

garment begin to move, the ultimate in ‘eye-catching’ apparel.

Manufactured with photo-luminescent thread, the dresses also

glow in dimmed lighting.

(image from cnbc.com):

wearable technology, dress by Ying Gao

by designer Ying Gao

moveable parts and glow in the dark patterns

Wearable Solar, the brain-child company of Dutch designer Pauline van Dongen,

specialises in tech – fashion.

Her concept is the design of garments, which are able to harness solar power

and utilise this natural energy source to power smart devices.

The clothing is lightweight and can charge a smartphone to

50 per cent capability if worn in the sun for over 60 minutes.

 

 

(image from paulinevandongen.nl):

wearabable solar dress by pauline van dongen

The future is solar-powered bright!

Wearable solar dress

by designer Pauline van Dongen

During New York Fashion Week (NYFW)-  s/s 2015,

designer of luxury apparel and accessories Rebecca Minkoff,

introduced a jewelery line, which featured a gold chain – link bracelet

that alerts the wearer to texts and mobile calls.

The bracelet makes use of Bluetooth wireless technology.

The collection also boasts a leather bracelet,

which serves as a USB cable for charging mobile phones.

These jewellery pieces will be ready for this year’s holiday gift -giving season.

(images from fastcodesign.com):

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Leather bracelet/ USB cable

by designer Rebeca Minkoff
 

 

wearable technology by rebeca minkoff

Incoming:  texts/phone alerts

Gold chain – link bracelet by Rebecca Minkoff

Key to tech-fashion is this interest in clothing that ‘do something':

interacts, reacts, moves-  of its own accord.

Central Saint Martin’s graduate, designer Amy Winters

creates garments that do just that: respond to environmental stimuli of

sound, sunlight, water.

Her design company Rainbow Winters develops inter-active clothing .

 

(image from ecouterre.com):

wearable technology, rainforest dress, rainbow winters

Rainforest dress by designer Amy Winters

changes colours in reaction to sunlight and water

(images from rainbowwinters.com):

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Rainforest dress in full colour bloom

 

wearable technology, thunderstorm dress, rainbow winters

Thunderstorm: a sound reactive, 

holographic leather dress

which illuminates as volume increases

Design duo Fyodor Podgorny and Golan Frydman (Fyodor Golan)

have taken fashion-tech to the next level by creating a tiered skirt

made of mobile phones which shows static as well as live-feed images.

The images continually change.

For added impact, the skirt is equipped with a special app

which generates colour variations as the wearer moves.

(image from wired.co.uk):

wearable technology, mobile phone skirt by fyodor golan

‘Stay tuned-in’

fashion-tech skirt by Fyodor Golan

Yet, although these fashion-tech garments are well ‘tricked out’,

the challenge remains one of  aesthetics:

how to manufacture techno clothing and accessories with beauty appeal.

Karinna Nobbs, senior lecturer of Fashion Brand Strategy

at London College of Fashion, succinctly sums up this fashion/tech dilemma:

“In order for wearable tech to become accepted by the mass market, the design has to fit, but the tech also has to add value to the product and not be a gimmick, which many of the offers to date have been.” (quote from forbes.com)

 

 

Entertainer/entrepreneur Will.i.am is set to partner with

celebrated British architect Zaha Hadid to create a line of

fashion-tech wear called Fashionology.

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 Will.i.am (l) and architect/designer Zazha Hadid (r)

(quote/image from wired.co.uk)

He has a clear vision of how to address the problem of fashion and tech aesthetics:

“Let’s not think what a technological company would do, let’s bake technology in, but come from the perspective of a fashion house. What would Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent do? What would Chanel do? What type of product would they put technology in to?”

In other words, the fashion should always be first considered

and the technology second in the creative/design process.

Although it seems as if there is still a bit left to be desired,

there is ever-increasing consumer interest in wearable technology.

A recent Washington Post article reports

“… 19.2 million wearable devices will be shipped worldwide in 2014, and the number is expected to climb to nearly 112 million by 2018.”

As modern life continues with rapid transitions, incorporating technology into

everyday, practical, useful and beautiful fashion is an inevitability.

Fashion and technology may once have been considered strange bedfellows

but are now readily united.

Fashion forward clothing has a new added dimension:  technology.

 

 

Mark your diary! : ‘an arched brow, a tilted head, a faint smile’ … The Royal Academy of Arts presents an exhibition on the Renaissance portraitist, Giovanni Battista Moroni

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Giovanni Battista Moroni, is considered by some (myself included!)

to be one of the greatest portrait painters of the Late Renaissance.

Born in Albino near Bergamo, Italy in 1520

Moroni would later train under the tutelage of religious painter

Alessandro Bonvicino, known as “Il Moretto”.

However, it is not for his religious paintings for which Moroni is famed,

but for his penetrating, evocative and emotive portraits.

 

(images from the bbc.com):

(c) The National Gallery, London; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Portrait of a Young Man with an Inscription, 1560

(c) The National Gallery, London; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

L’Avvocato (The Lawyer)

Portrait of a Man Holding a Letter, 1570

Moroni was masterful at capturing, the unique physical traits of each sitter,

adding further to depicting qualities of individuality in

postures which were natural, genuine, believable.

Enveloped in accomplishing this portrayal of corporeal realism is an added

dimension of psychological factor:  a communicative element

conveyed through the sitter’s demeanor.

(image from hyperallergic.com):

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Portrait of a Twenty-nine Year Old Man, 1567

Moroni is genius at presenting this ‘glimpse’ into presumed thought.

It is the subtlety of enigmatic expressions,

which captivates and invites the viewer to consider

what the sitter may have been thinking

accentuated by: a steady gaze, a raised brow,

a mouth’s curve and contours, a head’s side tilt.

Herein lies the beauty of Moroni’s work, his ability to present portraits

which are of simple composition, yet of complexity for contemplation.

(images from bbc.com):

(c) The National Gallery, London; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Portrait of a Man with Raised Eyebrows, 1570

(images from wga.hu):

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The Black Knight, 1567

Though his portraits are readily recognisable,

Moroni did not have a specific style per se.

Rather than establishing a signature elemental to every painting,

his intent seemed focused on capturing a true essence of each sitter.

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Portrait of a Gentleman, 1560

(image from hyperallergic.com):

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Portrait of Abbess Lucrezia Agliardi Vertova, 1556

(c) National Galleries of Scotland; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Portrait of the writer, Giovanni Bressani, 1562

 

He worked mostly in tones of black, grey, browns.

Yet, he was a wonderful colourist,

possessing an appreciative eye for the impact of colour.

It is said that the great artist Titian,

himself renowned as an extraordinary master of colour,

commended Moroni’s work.  This was great praise indeed .

 

(c) The National Gallery, London; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

La Dama In Rosso, 1556 – 1560

Portrait of a Lady

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Portrait of a Gentleman, 1565

(images from hyperallergic.com):

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Portrait of a Little Girl from the Redetti Family, 1570

(image from wga.hu):

Moroni, the gentlema in pink, 1560 from wga.hu

Gentleman in Pink, 1560

Most of Moroni’s portraits were of the petty aristocracy and

members of the bourgeoisie families of Bergamo,  whom he

presented in dignified manner.

The paintings also give a rich insight into the fashion of the period:

black as high-status colour, textural material/cloth,

white ruff collars/sleeves, jewel colours, furs and pearls.

Moroni, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bartolommeo Bonghi, 1553,from hyperallergic.com, Bartolommeo-Bonghi

Bartolommeo Bonghi, 1553

(image from wga.hu):

moroni, antonio navagero, from wga.hu

Portrait of Antonio Navagero, 1565

The Tailor (Il Tagliapanni)

is the artist’s most celebrated work.

The painting is regarded as the earliest portrait of

an artisan at his labours.  The tailor with instruments of his trade:

a pair of scissors in one hand and a portion of material in the other,

looks out with self- assurance at the viewer.

He exudes a confidence of his skills and accomplishments through

facial expression, body posture and the expensive quality of his own attire.

Everything that speaks to Moroni as a portraitist par excellence is

accomplished in this exquisite painting.

(image from bbc.com):

(c) The National Gallery, London; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

The Tailor (Il Tagliapanni), 1565 – 1570

The Royal Academy of the Arts (RAA), London

will host an eagerly awaited exhibition

on the portraiture by Giovanni Battista Moroni.

The show is curated by the RAA’s own Arturo Galansino.

For the first time, many of the paintings will be seen outside of Italy.

This is a show not to be missed.

Giovanni Battista Moroni

Royal Academy of the Arts, London

25 October 2014 – 25 January 2015

For additional details on the exhibition and related lectures/discussions, visit:

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/giovanni-battista-moroni

Favlook – Lookfav Street Sass Focus: scarf styling for Fall ’14

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Scarf fashion for autumn 2014:  take a cue from a few street style looks

Get inspired!

(image from whowhatwear):

A wrap around

scarf, street styling

(photos by Tommy Tom)

Colour block snuggle

scarf, street styling, a 14

Shoulder wrap

scarf, street styling, a 14

Artfully draped

scarf, street styling, a 14

Of thin, neck-tie proportion

scarf, street styling, a14

One shoulder fun faux fur

scarf, street styling, a 14

Casual flair

scarf, street styling, a14

‘All backwards’

scarf, street styling, a14

(photo from Meoldie Jeng):

Blanket cover

scarf, men, street styling

One thoughtfully done

One thoughtfully left undone

scarf, men, street style,

(photo by Young Jun Koo):

Scarf layering:  added dimension and colour

worn by fashion designer, Haiker Ackermann

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(images from etsy.com):

Super chunky with fringe

scarf, men, street style, chunky

To have come full circle

an infinity scarf

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Favlook – Lookfav Runway Focus: ladies and gents … scarf fashion, ‘all tied up’ for Fall ’14

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A scarf can be that signature clothing accessory

which accentuates a fashion look or mood.

Worn in a variety of ways:

 

draped nonchalantly over shoulders

wrapped around the neck in series

serving dual purpose as neck wear and head cover

ends tucked in or ends out

 

 

a scarf can take centre stage in an outfit ensemble or

play a supporting role as accent piece.

Whatever the fashion brief, make scarf styling

a dress intention for autumn ’14

(images from fashionising):

A few runway inspirations

On the runwaya/w 2014

For the ladies:

from  Harare

up to the ear and super chunky

as partial head cover

scarf fashion, a 14, harare

scarf fashion, harare, a 14

scarf fashion, harare, a 14

from Coven

tightly ‘wound up’, yet flawlessly cool and collected

scarf fashion, coven, a14

scarf fashion, coven, a14

from Milly by Michelle

twist, tuck and loop

scarf fashion, milly by michelle, a 14

scarf fashion, milly by michelle, a 14

from Burberry Prorsum

the long and short of it and belt tucked

 one shoulder draping

scarf fashion, burberry prorsum, a 14

scarf fashion, burberry prorsum, a 14

from Kolor

funnel and peaked

scarf fashion, kolor, a14

from Taiana Miotto

pattern/print , scarf/cape combination

scarf fashion, taiana miotto, a 14

For the gents:

from Agnes b

‘choke hold’

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from Kolor

a simple cowl effect

scarf fashion, men, kolor, a 14

from Melinda Gloss

shoulder cover

the long and short of it

scarf fashion, men melinda gloss, a14

scarf fashion, men, melinda gloss, a14

from Public School

neck brace

scarf fashion, men, public school, a 14

from Sibling

wrapped once with loose ends

faux fur appeal

scarf fashion, men, sibling, a14

scaf fashion, men, sibling a14

Window dressing: mannequins on display

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High street shops have visual merchandising teams whose

function is to create eye-catching, arresting

window and in-store displays, which tantalize and mesmerize.

The brief:  the window display-  to lure potential shoppers to stroll into store;

the in-store display-  to captivate their attention … literally.

The goal is to keep shoppers as ‘captive audience’ and

encourage a mind set of buy, buy and buy some more.

The result:  It works! Sometimes, it works very well indeed

especially if other elements such as excellent service, products, policies

contribute to a good customer experience.

As the holiday season approaches, the universal display theme

will be fixed firmly on images of the festive season:

Santa and snowmen; bows and baubles.

Before the onslaught of this singular focus,

take a brief visual walk-about of a few mannequin on show.

(photos by meappropriatestyle):

Window shop stroll

 mannequin, H & M, yarn heads and hands

mannequin display, H & M, yarn heads and handsIn stitches:  knit heads and hands

In-store display:  H & M

 

mannequin display, COS, translucnet forms

 

Translucent bodies

In-store display:  COS

 

mannequin, Miss Sixty, headless, photo of woman wearing display dress

 

Don’t lose your head over it!

with large scale photo in view for clarification

Window display:  Miss Sixty

 

mannequin, abstract, elongated neck, turban

An elegant, elongated neck

 

 …

mannequin, wire forms, monki

 

Scaffolded head set

In-store display:  Monki

 

 

mannequin, window display, hanger/hook, scotch and soda

Held in place and Hooked on end

Window display:  Scotch and Soda

 

mannequin, monseuir london accessories, wood/ from the chest up

From the waist up

Window display:  Monsieur London

mannequin, bolangaro trevor, marionette figures

 

Marionette arms and hands

Window display:  Bolongaro Trevor

 

 

mannequin, hawkes and curtis, headless, from chest up, with props - bike

 

In suspension

Window display:  Hawes and Curtis

 

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Red is seduction

Lady in red?  No, the lady is red.

Display:  Kurt Geiger

Favlook – Lookfav Focus: the sleeveless coat

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As the autumnal chill sets in,

 a signal that the deep cold of

winter is not far behind,

it is time to consider

an inter-seasonal outerwear option.

The requirements:

an on-point, versatile outerwear statement maker

an autumn to winter transitional item

easy to style with other wardrobe pieces

 loose fit for layering choices

 unique details

  options for the ladies and the gents

The solution:

Et voila, the sleeveless coat!

Ticking all of the above and more.

Wear it ‘to bare arms’ or with sleeves.

A few choices to consider:

(images from rachelcomy.com):

rachel comey, sleeveles coat, large front pockets,

classic tailoring, large front pockets, shawl lapel

from Rachel Comey

rachel comey, sleeveless coat, plaid

bold check print, styled with on trend culottes

from Rachel Comey

(image from zambesistore.com):

Zambesi, sleeveless coat,

single neck closure

slit front, inverted ‘V’ opening

deep side pockets

worn ‘to bare arms’

from New Zealand label Zambesi

(image from farfetch.com):

MSGM, sleeveless coat, textured

duck egg blue, double breast

textured, ombre detail

from MSGM

 

isabel marant, sleeveless coat, grey

black, single button closure, tactile fabrication

from Isabel Marant

(image from mensdesigner.co.uk):

rick owens, men, sleeveless coat

For the gents:

hidden button panel, up-collared

geometric detailing from ombre colour shading

A strong look!

from Rick Owens

(image from warehouse.co.uk):

warehouse, sleeveless coat, grey, cocoon shape

charcoal grey, cocoon shape, drop shoulder

from Warehouse

(image from modaoperandi.com):

marni, sleeveless coat, hood, faux fur, leather trim

faux fur,  hood

leather trim to button panel and pockets

from Marni

(image from farfetch):

marni, sleeveles coat, leather

leather

ribbed detail to collar, arm, hem

from Marni

(image from asos.com):

asos, sleeveless coat, grey, trench

grey trench, off-centre button closure, front flaps

from ASOS

It’s countdown time: less than a month to go before the capsule collection from designer Alexander Wang hits H & M stores!

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Fashion wunderkind Alexander Wang can boast a superlative C.V.

 

In a nutshell:  Highlights (to date)

Born in 1983,  San Francisco born Wang knew

from an early age that he wanted to design.

At age 19:  started a fashion course at NYC’s famed

Parsons New School of Design

At age 21:  he launched his own label (That was quick!)

At age 22:  he presented his first collection

At age 23:  he won the Vogue Fashion Fund, which assisted to

finance his business

 

At age 25:  he was awarded the  Swarovski Award for Womenswear from

the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)

At age 27:  he was hailed Best New Menswear Designer by American GQ

At age 28:  he is named Creative Director of French label, Balenciaga

 

CFDA president, Diane von Furstenberg befittingly calls him a “star”.

 

And now, before his 30th birthday (26 December)

his enthusiastically anticipated capsule collaboration

with high street giant H & M,

will be in stores on 6 November 2014.

 

(image from butterboom.com):

 alexander wang, h & m, image

 

Wang is the newest member of the Swedish multinational clothing company’s

design collaboration family.  In recent years, H & M has partnered with

Marni, Isabel Marant, Stella McCartney and Karl Lagerfield among others.

 

 

 

Everything is still a bit under wraps and still a bit hush hush.

What is known:

the collection is sports wear focused

with signature Wang urban street vibe

includes womenswear/menswear pieces

lots of black, lots of leather

and the Wang logo in prominence.

A Sneak Peek

Alexander Wang   -X-  H&M

November, 2014

(images from style.com):

alexander wang, h and m, sneak peek

alexander wang, h and m, womens, sneak peek

(image from gq-magazine.uk):

alexander Wang, H and M, capsule,me gq-magazine.co.uk-01-GQ_08Sep14_b_592x888_1

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