This is the year of the soft, unstructured jacket. Left, Circolo offers a two-button version in a washed, stone-coloured abstract microcheck. Right, Altea’s casual, pure cotton-jersey blazer shows off the shirt’s intricate floral print.
Unstructured and unlined, this versatile summer jacket is made in a soft, breathable linen-cotton blend. The pale blue and white windowpane fabric looks great with jeans or dressed up with a white shirt and knit tie.
This soft navy blazer’s discreet micro-check pattern can anchor a vast range of different looks. The fabric is a blend of cotton, silk and cashmere, as comfortable as a favourite sweater. Casual but supremely luxurious.
Here’s a look that sums up three of this summer’s essential themes: a casual, exceptionally comfortable linen shirt in a bold floral print, worn over cotton fashion pants with ribbed cuffs and a dramatically tapered cut.
This lined suede blazer (also available in navy) has a most contemporary cut with a modern silhouette, cutaway front and angled pockets. The master of layering, Cucinelli pairs it with a quilted nylon vest and superlightweight grey polo. Slim-cut trousers have side tabs, not belt loops.
Go barefoot in these exceptionally soft, flexible, lightweight suede shoes, all designed for supreme summer comfort. Top to bottom, this TOD’S gomino driver boasts a unique leaf pattern, $575; a BOSS driver with a navy weave motif, $295**; DOUCAL’S FOR HARRY ROSEN in deep cobalt suede may be the ultimate blue suede shoe, $680; another TOD’S gomino driver, with braided leather and metal ornament, $520; go to CHURCH’S for a prominent sole on a suave cerulean blue suede lace-up, $565.
Look closely at the sports jacket – the indigo fabric has a subtle basket-weave pattern that creates a most original visual texture. White cotton chino shorts, a floral-printed poplin cotton shirt and that grey cashmere sweater loosely knotted over the shoulders complete a look that balances casual with preppy smart.
The pants make the first impression – cotton printed with floral and Maori designs with an elasticized waist. The lined, double-zippered moto-jacket offers a masculine contrast, with its ribbed sleeves and sleek silhouette, all in butter-soft lamb leather.
Tom Ford takes a very cool approach to the notion of leather jacket and jeans. The full-zip biker jacket in denim-blue lamb leather is made for the designer’s own line of vintage-wash, straight-fit jeans.
TOM FORD leather jacket, $5,995*, collared shirt, $750*, and pants, $950*.
Get noticed! Black graffiti script on a fluorescent orange cotton sweatshirt will do the trick. Raglan sleeves and ribbed cuffs and hem add extra interest. Ankle-length cotton dress pants complete the look.
The fashion-forward man wears his statement sneakers whenever and wherever he wishes, confident that they – and he – will not pass unnoticed. Each brand has its own signature details. GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI (top), for example, is known for double zippers and a degree of bling. SALVATORE FERRAGAMO (bottom) stitches the impression of his company logo, the guancino, right into the leather. ALEJANDRO INGELMO (centre) presents a black patent sneaker with an oxford closure, perfect for formal events and exclusive to Harry Rosen.
(left) From John Varvatos Collection, a navy cotton cardigan with a float-stitch pattern and cotton placket looks great over seven-pocket pants in a linencotton blend. (right) From John Varvatos Star USA, this unstructured, washed, distressed blue-black linen jacket is casually distinctive over sand linen shorts.
Natural ramie fibre adds lustre and breathability in the cotton blend fabric used for this traditionally tailored jacket. Etro’s signature paisley is everywhere – under the collar and on the jacket’s blue lining, printed onto the pure linen shirt and as a ghostly pattern on the linen trousers.