It feels like there has been a bit of an overload in the last month between from of the fall collections showing in Milan, Paris, Sweden and now with New York getting well underway. It's hard to take time out and look through every collection and every piece when we won't even be able to wear it for half a year. I think for myself, there are definitely a handful of pieces I have my sights set on already, but know knows by the time fall comes around. While Band of Outsiders usually does have a couple stand out pieces as well, I find I end up taking more from the color combination and general styling than from specific items. Maybe it's because I can't afford Band of Outsiders and it doesn't fit me? Anyways, the fall collection looks about right from what I've come to expect from the LA designer, Scott Sternberg. With the looks becoming slightly more cropped, we see some great rusty reds, camels and heathered greys. Some of the interesting choices are the grey sweat pants and going with all clip on ties. This fall I am looking forward to some double breasted action and it appears Band of Outsiders has answered the call with a great classic looking coat with gold buttons. As well, we can see more of the fall Sperry collaboration, however the grey ankle deck shoe didn't make it into the look book, but it might make it into my closet. Again, images via Mens.Style.com
In the past week the Preventi suede oxfords have come up in a couple of posts and a lot of readers seem to be liking them as much as I am. The sand and navy suede models are available on at Museum Ark as far as I can tell, with a price around $295US and sizes 40, 41 and 42. So the chances are, you're out of luck. The Spanish footwear brand recently showed at Pitti Uomo, but otherwise have a lack of information online. Their other models seem to be fairly nice worn in looking wingtips and casual dress shoes, but no sign of the oxfords. Now, it is quite possible these are made for the Japanese market as it seems a lot of brands gear sub collections towards. So for now it looks like Japan is the only source with only 3 sizes in each color.
I really love Patrik Ervell's fall collection, the good parts. There are definitely a lot of pieces that aren't for me. A lot of the nylon, track jacket, shiny pieces just aren't for me. But when it comes to the speckled wool blazers, coats and knit sweaters, I'm in love. After looking through his collection in New York a couple weeks ago I knew it was going to be one of my favorites for fall. I had also known there would be a Common Projects collaboration but this is my first time seeing it. The lace-less officer shoe looks pretty great in the great in white and grey and compliments the collection really well. For me the wool over coat, sport coat pants and knits are the top picks and I am going to start saving up now. Yes he used a couple females for his mens show, yes they looked good, and yes I still want the pieces. Thanks to Mens.style for the images.
It might be a little hard to get excited about Red Wing Shoe Company's fall offering as they have pretty much done the same boots for several decades now. One thing that is worth looking forward to is that the Wabasha collection will be landing in North America. I'm really a fan of this chukka boot, as I noted earlier, so I'm happy to know it will be available stateside in the near future. Also the company will be adding the chunky sole to the 875, as we saw J. Crew do together last year. A lot of people have been putting Red Wing on the top of the 'trendy work wear' list but I still have no problem wearing mine several times a week. It's a great American brand that has contributed a lot to the US and continues to make great boots today. Work wear trend or not, come this fall, I am definitely standing behind (and in) Red Wing. The collection will be showing at Capsule, LV next week. Photos by Jacob Krupnick
So far this spring I haven't seen very much from the RL collections that I have been very excited about. For the most part it's been a lot of bright colored polos, which I know are staples. The fall season had so many great coats and sweaters, how can they really keep it up in the spring? Well, this package of rowing inspired gear for the Rugby line is a pretty good way. The varsity cardigan is really nice. I love the stripe on the arm and the big 'R' makes sense with Ralph as well as Ryan. The baseball style jacket is actually pretty nice as well. I normally wouldn't like the writing on it, but for some unknown reason Ralph Lauren can pull it off. Lastly, the best. Well it just looks great. Canvas and leather with classic detailing, how can you go wrong? Available at Colette.
I first came across Antonio Azzoulo's collection only a few weeks ago when I saw the spring looks. I am definitely a fan of the color palettes he used then, and I'm really liking the look for fall. The Italian's first signature collection should be showing up soon in select retailers and unfortunately the prices are expected to be comparable to RL Purple Label. On one hand, I am a bit sad because I can't afford it but it is pretty nice to look at, the other hand, I guess they are made really well... Potentially there might be an item or two that is attainable and while the styling overall could be spiced up a little, I feel the slacks, sport jackets and outerwear all look quite strong and again the classic color combinations look great.
The Woolen Mills collection is definitely one I've been looking forward this spring. The classic materials, loose fitting cuts and great attention to details by Mr. Suzuki have the line looking exactly as it should be. I think the shirting and light weight outerwear are the easy choices for spring and fall, while this seasons plaid patterns and corduroy shorts are looking very nice as well. I think it would be tough to go 100% into the collection, but I could definitely see myself with an item or two by the end of the season. Now available at Oi Polloi.
Sperry seems to be picking up the slack on their in house line and taking some cues from their consistent collaboration with Band of Outsiders. For fall they will be introducing this great looking mid top deck boot. These are some of the brighter colors that will be available while BoO will be offering the same model in grey wool this coming fall which looked great. I am really liking the look of the new model myself. I think it will lend itself to a lot of nice looks while offering something a bit different. Sperry hasn't tried to do too much yet which could easily happen, and has in our market. The loafers and wool low tops are also welcome models for the classic brand. You can be these will be fairly affordable as well which is a nice change from a lot of the footwear I usually want, I just hope that it won't all be available at every UO. The images are strigth from Compass which is wrapping up today. Check WATM for a couple more looks at the show.