We are always a little stuck in the spring. We’re so far ahead as a trade publication, that to show something new, as yet unseen, in fashion, is…tricky. We shoot June fashion in early May so we can get the pages to press on time. We have to give you readers a spring 2015 preview, but with Pitti in June, then New York market, then Vegas, loaning prototype pieces to editors and stylists is a somewhat risky business. But we pull the strings we need to pull, and the pictures from this shoot show the major trends we’re getting behind for spring/summer ’15.
With July and August issues more suited to swimwear and other such sunny weather staples, the concept for June was spring dress up, and based in New York City, what better backdrop than the streets of the Financial District: Menswear on Wall Street.
As we know, menswear in general is moving towards a more elevated place, with suits and sportcoats finding fresh appeal with a newly stylish set. Deconstructed and lightweight in luxury fabrics, brands like Boglioli and L.B.M. 1911 are leading the way, and long-established luxury brands like Burberry and Etro are paired with newer brands like Richard Chai and David Hart in a nod to the current mix and match that today’s less brand-loyal consumer is wearing.
Patterns are big for SS15, and while actual menswear on Wall Street might not see the more fashion-forward options, we have that wonderful thing: artistic license. The patterned overcoat from E. Tautz is just astonishing, and Tallia’s patterned formal jacket is value at its most stylish. Neutrals, accessible to everyone, will be everywhere for SS15, from beige to warmer shades of brown that bring a richness to tailored clothing. And finally in formal wear, your classic stiff black jackets give way to waggish patterns, and there is a marked boldness in confident creams, reds and navys. Get with it. That burgundy Burberry with the contrast black lapels. Must have.