Every great international design house has its own personality – its stylistic DNA. Once recognized, that signature becomes unmistakable. And yet, every season also has its common trends. Bombers and soft jackets are once again obligatory, but now in satin nylon or other lightweight warm-weather fabrics. Shorts are everywhere. The new approach to a summer suit is to buy the jacket and trousers separately and wear them as you wish – call it the deconstructed approach to dressing.
New to Harry Rosen (at our Pacific Centre, Vancouver, store), Thom Browne is a designer who delights in bucking trends. That’s his dachshund, Hector, embroidered in gold on the cropped, wide-fit seersucker jacket. Matching seersucker shorts have a fashion forward schoolboy appeal. Thom Browne jacket, shorts and shirt available in-store only.
Reacting against the trim silhouette of the last few years, Lanvin plays games with proportion. The shirt is cropped short but boasts two oversized pockets. The super-lightweight, hooded windbreaker is deliberately loose, creating a cool urban look with a pair of utility shorts. Lanvin bomber, shirt, and shorts available in-store only. Lanvin sneakers available online.
Emporio Armani’s version of the modern suit includes a completely unstructured jacket and casual drawstring trousers in flyweight cotton. Wearing it with a fine-gauge wool cotton hoodie adds an athleisure feel for a look that’s simultaneously relaxed and smart. Emporio Armani hoodie is available in store only.
Trust TOM FORD to reinvent the iconic jean jacket but in soft, supple powder blue “cashmere suede” instead of denim. With the subtle influence of tailored clothing (the fit of the shoulder, the suppression of the waist), it feels sculpted to your body. Pair it with jeans and splendid green leather loafers. Mr. Ford calls this fuchsia fabric “lightweight, summertime, daytime velvet.” Despite those peaked lapels, the jacket has nothing to do with evening dress; wear it over a henley and five-pocket pants.