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The New School of Cool

Preppy meets polished in this season’s designer looks. New arrivals from trendsetting labels like McQ, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana radiate an attitude that’s perfectly in sync with the heady days of spring.

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McQ’s playful striped T-shirt is covered with cartoon eyes (including a pair that watches your back), and the brand’s swallow badge is embroidered on the front. The cotton shirt is slim-cut and has a natural stretch, keeping you comfortable no matter where your day takes you. We’ve combined it with a red hoodie and drawstring shorts for a look that’s relaxed yet smart. Finish off with low-top sneakers or leather ankle boots.

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This look is positively electric. It’s all about the jacket, of course: Versace’s gorgeous, cobalt blue, moto-inspired jacket in buttery lambskin leather. That vivid colour – echoed in the silk knit beneath – evokes seaside holidays or the iconic rooftops of Santorini. Wear the jacket with white pants for evenings out, or denim jeans for the ultimate in casual cool.

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New to Harry Rosen, Thom Browne – an award-winning American designer with a worldwide cult following – brings a fresh take to everyday classics. We admire the eye-catching touches on this bomber-style windbreaker: contrasting zipper, branded patch on the left pocket, and Browne’s signature red, white and blue tag on the upper back, crowning a vertical mesh stripe in the middle. Single-pleat wool pants evoke a varsity spirit, and the label’s tri-coloured ribbon adorns the placket of the oxford shirt. Available in-store only at select locations.

 

 

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Show up in Etro’s striking sports jacket and watch heads turn. Vibrant hues accentuate a lush pattern of palm leaves and flowers. Unbutton the jacket to reveal a light blue, geometric printed lining – a touch that’s pure Etro. Keep the look casual with a T-shirt or dress it up with a white shirt and bow tie. Either way, underpinnings should be understated. Let the jacket do the talking.

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McQ presents a decidedly urban look, splashed with conspicuous logos in the brand’s ornate script. The snap-button blouson jacket, made with a cotton blend, is adorned with badges starring the brand’s signature swallow. Logos also appear on the hoodie’s front and sleeves, and on the drawstring joggers and backpack.

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Perfect for après-ski or the chilly days of early spring, this Moncler puffer is both practical and whimsical. It’s quilted with lightweight padding, and it’s reversible – one side is solid red, and the other features Monduck, the brand’s funny, feathered mascot (star of his own comic strip since 1968). Wear it over a T-shirt and joggers.

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The blouson jacket is versatile and timeless. Also called a Harrington jacket, this roomy, waist-length garment with a stand-up collar, slanted pockets and elasticized cuffs and hem was favoured by icons like Steve McQueen and James Dean. Dsquared2’s leather-and-cotton version is boxy and slightly oversized, with an exaggerated collar and cargo pockets. The jacket looks effortlessly cool over Dsquared2’s paint-splattered, distressed skinny jeans.

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Dolce & Gabbana’s beautiful leather jacket in navy blue lambskin is the centrepiece of this sleek and sophisticated outfit. Appealing details include a silk lining, an exaggerated zipper pull and a detachable strap with a royal blue logo. The understated look allows you to make a statement with other pieces, such as this striking shirt with leopard appliqués on the collar and cuffs.

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