Ken Thomp­son; Hot Buy.

The Weekend Australian - Life - - FOOD & DRINK - KEN THOMP­SON kthomp­son­stylist@big­pond.com

The re­cent men’s au­tum­n­win­ter fash­ion shows in Europe have clearly demon­strated that chaps have em­braced em­bel­lish­ment. And what bet­ter way to in­ter­pret this for Aus­tralia than to em­brace the palm tree print.

Never one to shy away from a lit­tle print con­tro­versy, I re­cently ac­quired for my ev­er­ex­pand­ing Nike col­lec­tion a new ad­di­tion to the Air Pe­ga­sus fam­ily with a trop­i­cal palm de­sign. There is some­thing about wear­ing an all-black en­sem­ble with an overtly dec­o­ra­tive trainer that some­how tilts the world on a dif­fer­ent axis and adds a lit­tle ex­tra cere­bral bounce to your day. In this same vein, Hava­iana has also re­leased an enig­matic Night Palm print, the de­sign lurk­ing un­der your foot so there are just flashes as you flip-flop over the sand.

As for gar­ments, Coun­try Road has a ter­rific sub­tle allover mini print in a short­sleeve shirt that says “I am not giv­ing up sum­mer at any cost”. Take that, of­fice!

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