Tuesday, October 13, 2009

"Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!"

Refined man-about-town meets The Great Gatsby in Viktor and Rolf’s spring 2010 men’s collection. After viewing Thom Browne’s craziness (ie. genius) walk down the runway, it was refreshing to see Victor and Rolf's simple clothing that would flatter any man. They managed to take classic men’s shapes and quirk them up by using inspired fabrics, such as crumpled silks and leathers, and interesting details, such as pointed collars or extra sharp lapels, to create fresh, cheeky spring suits. But the one design flaw in the collection was the boxers attached to the waist of a few of the pants; it is not the most creative or refined design to add to this line. Regardless, the line had the right effect, making me crave spring midst a hammering rain with its tans, greys, and whites, especially when I saw the all-white outfits that seem to be pulled right from the closet of Fitzgerald’s Gatsby. There are a few brilliant black suits thrown in as well, like the black linen double breasted suit or the tuxedo with ruffles in black instead of classic white. But my absolute favorite part of the line are the shoes. Black suede loafers, two-toned tan oxfords, black satin dress shoes, and grey ankle boots are genius innovations of today’s men’s shoes. Not to mention the pair of brilliant blue lace-ups. It’s all in the details!
(picture courtesy of men.style.com)

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