I’m in love with Ovadia & Sons. The two brothers behind the label really understand style. I didn’t think it could get much better than the labels Spring 2012 collection; a timeless aesthetic reminiscent of my favorite style period the 1920s. Yet they bring the heat again with the fall lookbook and conjour images of what the well dressed man will be wearing. See the lookbook and style review here: http://chaosmag.blogspot.com/2011/10/ovadia-sons-fall-2011-lookbook.html
Simon Spurr has done it again. The former Ralph Lauren Purple Label and Yves Saint Laurent menswear designer flexes timeless aesthetic with his Spring 2012 collection. If there were ever doubts about the breadth and depth of Mr. Spurr’s sartorial scholarship, he has certainly demonstrated with resounding achievement. The Simon Spurr brand essence is clean, classic garments juxtaposed with modern patterns and modern silhouettes. Black, white, and shades of navy, grey, and olive are represented for Spring 2012. The collection offers just what most (I’ve) have come to expect from Simon Spurr; flawlessly tailored three-piece suits. The grey on grey pinstripe three-piece peak lapel was the first of three on the runway. There were splashes of typical spring colors in a contrast lavender, pink pinstripe, and green gingham dress shirts.
Spurr saves the best for last and unveils an asymmetrical burgundy motorcycle jacket. This hand-finished leather jacket is a vision of rugged sophistication. Placing the look at the end of the show is absolutely perfect. The jacket literally took my breath away. Jacquard garments, bold patterns, slim black denim, leather sleeves and lapels, and mesh tanks leave Spurr admirer’s with new interpretations and quintessential cool.
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr.Spurr at Bergdorf Goodman and view his Spring 2012 collection up close. And let me tell you, it’s much better in person. Ultra clean; cleanest of the clean. I told Simon how much I loved his assymetrical leather biker jacket and to keep cranking out 3-piece suits. He was charming, really nice and an approachable guy. Dream come true. I was a bit nervous, i mean he’s like famous. I had my camera in my pocket ready to ask someone to take a picture of him and I, but I felt like a total geek and decided against it. Here’s a look backstage at the 2012 Spring Simon Spurr show during NYFW. The British designer’s advice for his models are reccomendations I try to adhere to everyday.
The Spring 2012 Tommy Hilfiger collection isn’t your usual northeastern private school prep. Good move? Great move. The americana king surprises ( I believe ) most of us and presents a collection like we’ve never seen from Hilfiger.
Click here at CHAOS Magazine http://chaosmag.blogspot.com/2011/09/tommy-hilfiger-spring-2012.html to check out my full Tommy Hilfiger review. Enjoy!
Junya Wantanabe is the Japanese designer behind one of the most talked about labels in menswear. Wantanabe graduated from Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo and began to work for Commes Des Garcons creator Rei Kawakubo. After years of apprenticeship as a knitwear designer, Wantanbe debuted his own collection, “Junya Wantanabe Commes Des Garcons” in 1993. The fashion gods looked on us with love when Wantanabe expanded and began designing menswear.
Wantanabe’s Fall 2011 collection is a beautiful representation of fearless contrasts of fabrics, textures, and patterns. Seasonal patterns dominate the collection, particularly Fair Isle knitwear. One of my favorite pieces is a double-breasted Fair Isle royal purple shawl collar jacket. It’s visually stunning and immediately caught my attention, as it is unique in its creation and imperial in its essence. My second favorite piece is a navy Fair Isle hooded toggle coat. Again, I’ve yet to see a toggle coat this majestic from any other designers but Junya Wantanabe. The silhouette is flawlessly streamlined and the colors are meticulously complimentary. I suppose it’s only natural that I enjoy the knitwear the most from the former knitwear designer.
The Fall 2010 collection has a bit more of the rebellious attitude we associate with New York City, with asymmetrical double-breasted jackets and contrast suiting. One piece that stands out is a textured drab olive shawl cardigan, perfect for stylish layering. The most recent Spring collections do not disappoint either. Spring 2011 is a mix of colors; creams and whites, paired with shades of navy and plaid. Conversely, the 2010 collection is bold, colorful window-pane and plaid blazers, ascots, and oxford brogues.
I really can’t get enough of Junya Wanatanabe. The designer is a master of manipulating menswear classics into contemporary hallmarks. Not only is Wantanabe acclaimed in the fashion world, he is also acclaimed in the music industry. Lupe Fiasco created the track “Gold Watch”. A track dedicated to “peruse the essentials of cool”. In that song Lupe boasts “Such a good designer, Junya Wantanabe”, before shortly saying he also admires Yohji Yamamoto. What does that mean, you ask? When music and fashion begin to merge, it’s the sign of a designer at the top of his game.