Sunday, September 9

HARDCORE cold, part II

As promised, here it is!

Since we, men, have always been a little left behind in fashion matters I decided to add four more looks to the original twenty this special was supposed to include. Behold the art created for Fall/Winter 2007.

Alessandro Dell'Acqua includes bright hues in the shape of coats and jackets. Red dances with grey and black, giving them just the exact touch of modernity without being over the top.

It is quite suprising to find a Fall collection for which fresh is the best description. But McQueen thought it right; his models and outfits look like they were taken out of a Ken "Barbie" doll box and maximized to fit a human. There is always something spiritual about Alexander's creations.

Does it look familiar? Duh. Balenciaga's men line shares inspiration with that devoted to women, for once we get to enjoy of the strongest trends of the season. Pants widen up just enough to let us walk more comfortably and still look cool. Genious.

Christopher Bailey is a lucky man. This season's trends include as an important focal point trench coats, which instantly rockets Burberry Prorsum to the head of coats-selling for Winter. Ink blue and oversize are to be considered if you want to look hot this season.

Calvin Klein collection leaves its usual monochromatic inclinations to broaden the color range. The magnificent simplicity that has always made special the brand allowes it to include bright colors with no risk of looking tacky. Take a look at the leather two-pieces nobody will wear.

Once again, color is not a key word however it does show up several times in the collection. Coats go up to the waist to let the long sweaters show. Think Costume National. Think GREY.

Used as we should be to Dior's rockstar looks, it came as a great surprise that skinny and rehab would keep company to that look this season. I would definitely say it is a pretty interesting statement as it is to be able to put together any particular trend with an especific style.

Could anyone please tell Domenico and Steffano to come out out the bubble? it must have a little hole, though, because despite it they got the season's trends to their collection. I sort of find amusing how they put together their amazing jeans with an awful silver oversized wool sweater. Try to survive.

As womenswear did, Dsquared2's line for men has an obvious "dominatrix" inpiration. Fortunately, Dean and Dan could help dominatrix to be all over the place and bring back their Canadian view for most of the mens collection. I would definitely wear most of them.

Fendi achieves a great success in the modernization process. It adds very innovative accessories and overalls like this one in the picture to the house's classicism. I would sell myself to get that piece.

Giorgio Armani updates his signature looks with loads of fur and leather on his jackets and hats. High necks get mixed with different cuts of blazers giving the wearer elegant and modern looks like this one.

Here comes my favourite of the season. I personally love the whole hunting look. As if you were going to an idyllic british cottage and really desire to look wonderful at all times. Gucci is totally my thing.

See? Hermés manages to do with menswear the same done with womenswear. Updated looks apparently intended for riding but so chic and yet casual that they make a remarkable piece of ready-to-wear for the nowadays' man. Signature leather and silk scarves for men; just magnificent.

A country getaway is quite a recurring theme in the winter. Designers seem to think they can go no wrong with it, well thank God! John Varvatos spiced his F/W 2007 collection with glimpses of rockstar to his looks. It almost seems like rehab in the mountains or Mr. Kobain plays in the snow. Whatever it is, no one should miss this collection.

I always have a hard time trying to classify Marc Jacobs' collections into an only category of inspiration. This season's is sort of a nerd goes cool. He mixes british preppy with his very own and undescribable style and the result was this; a compilation of very well-cut garments with the coolness only Mr. Jacobs knows how to provide his art with.

I'm starting to fear the possible fact that I do not get Michael Kors at all. I used to think I did and I adored his creations, but not lately. His last three collections have caused confusion in my mind; sometimes it seems like he tries too hard and there are times when the sensation is of lack of willingness. While I try to figure out my opinion on the New York designer, have a look at his way of introducing the season's trends into his usual thinking.

Here goes my other favourite for Fall. He is usually just swell whichever the season or the inspiration are. This time he amazes us —yet again— with his outstanding ability to bring preppy to adult men. Folks, grab some of Paul Smith's stuff and rock it at the office!

Miuccia Prada created her lines for men and women at a time. Her particular degradé settled an important trend for Fall and so did her treated and colored wool sweaters and two-pieces. It is definitely not the most wearable collection for winter but it quite a fashion statement.

I have always been into Ralph Lauren's clothing, not only for matching most of my thinking concerning fashion, but for his delicate taste in country menswear. This time, he has created his personal universe in which Robin Hood rules again in the forest but dressed more comfortably and definitely chicer. Very interesting.

Véronique Branquinho brings together formal and casual wear. It's the perfect brand to find those special and good-quality pieces you so much desire to have in the back of your wardrobe for as long as you live. Classic with a touch of authenticity.

American preppy (yes, I'm already sick of this word) goes crazy; this is how I named Viktor & Rolf compilation of garments for the Fall. Oh, and yellow is all over the place!

Yohi Yamamoto performs a mixture of his trademarked freakness with all colors while combining them with different-cut garments to create layers and shapes.

Absolutely French-tastic! Yves Saint Laurent makes a perfect mixing with classic wool pieces and oversized sweaters and cardigans together with coats in different cuts and the wonderful dark green and mustard. Two must-colors to look really elegant in Winter.

This brand is pretty much a starter on the runway yet; however, Z Zegna reaches the perfect combination of a homeless and the old newspaper kids/Oliver Twist with just the right amount of preppy in the shape of wool goods.

This is it. My personal selection of the best 24 looks from the greatest Fall/Winter 2007 shows. Hope you have enjoyed it, I certainly have.
Stay tuned this comig week for a new update: the list of soVIP Fall reviews you'll be finding in your coolness source during September.
I'm off.

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1 comment:

Alcie said...

nunca me había dado por ver fotos de desfiles pero mamma mia ! quien pudiese apellidarse casiraghi y vestir con algunas de esas prendas.

la chaqueta roja del principio es awesome ! (si es que este adjetivo puede ser referido a la ropa).