Re­cent Rev­o­lu­tions

The lat­est on the male agenda: from Armani's nos­tal­gic school­boy suit­case to the out­ra­geous flam­boy­ance of Gucci's prints

Red Magazine - - On The Radar - WORDS GABRIELLE ABRAHAN


Color is at the core of the Bot­tega Veneta Cruise 2017 col­lec­tion. Cre­ative di­rec­tor Thomas Maier in­tended the looks of the men’s cruise set to skewer to­wards func­tion­al­ity and sim­plic­ity (think sim­ple bomber jack­ets and suits) by us­ing ba­sic fab­rics and sil­hou­ettes. Ac­ces­sories like week­end bags, mean­while, are lined with croc­o­dile and matte calf leather.


Mex­i­can ar­chi­tects Mauri­cio Rocha and Gabriela Car­illo put bal­ance into the lat­est Her­mès fur­ni­ture line, fea­tured in Mi­lan Fair 2016’s home ex­hi­bi­tion. Fol­low­ing the Mex­i­can de­sign phi­los­o­phy of in­cor­po­rat­ing in­dus­trial ma­te­ri­als with tra­di­tional con­struc­tion tech­niques, the col­lec­tion is made of leather, an em­bod­i­ment of the in­com­pa­ra­ble qual­ity that built the fash­ion house. A mag­a­zine rack that looks like a sad­dle, a sofa with wo­ven sid­ings, and a mag­ni­fy­ing glass bal­anc­ing on a wedge are some of the pieces in the col­lec­tion, which give an ut­most sense of ease that tells you, you’re home.


Gior­gio Armani’s Pri­vate bag takes its cue from a school­boy’s back­pack but with the crafts­man­ship char­ac­ter­is­tic of the Ital­ian fash­ion house. Quirks aside, it’s de­signed with an im­pec­ca­ble eye for de­tail and state of the art con­struc­tion, each stitch­ing and tiny hand­painted cor­ner adding to its im­pres­sive mas­cu­line panache. On the in­side, func­tion­al­ity mar­ries form as its cot­ton twill lin­ing runs care­fully through mul­ti­ple com­part­ments, em­body­ing a phi­los­o­phy that Armani has said him­self: “To cre­ate some­thing ex­cep­tional, your mind­set must be re­lent­lessly fo­cused on the small­est de­tail.”


Sound and style are at the fore­front of Bow­ers & Wilkins’ T7 Gold Edi­tion. It boasts the same qual­ity its older brother, the T7, is known for and is housed in a suede-lined leather Burberry case, which comes in both black and tan to match the speaker’s black and gold color combo.


The champ is back with Adi­das’ in­fa­mous Rod Laver Su­per from the 1960s re­launched last June. The clas­sic ten­nis shoe is among many other vin­tage pieces be­ing re­stored from the brand’s rich and iconic archive. The lat­est se­ries of the Rod Laver is sim­i­lar to its orig­i­nal re­pro­duc­tion ex­cept that it comes in wo­ven and checker­board prints. In honor of the ten­nis great it was named af­ter, the pair still comes in its orig­i­nal white and navy col­or­way.


“The way you dress is an ex­pres­sion of your per­son­al­ity,” says Gucci cre­ative di­rec­tor Alessan­dro Michele in an in­ter­view with Busi­ness of Fash­ion. The fash­ion pow­er­house re­cently ex­panded its cus­tomiza­tion ser­vice with the sec­ond phase of Gucci DIY in their Mi­lan flag­ship store. As their de­signs fea­ture ev­ery­thing from leather to denim, plus a se­lec­tion of mul­ti­ple prints, there’s noth­ing like Gucci to cre­ate touches of time­less flam­boy­ance in one’s look. The project, which started with the Diony­sius bag, is al­ready known for its artis­tic em­broi­dery, an­i­mal and flo­ral patches, and mono­grammed let­ters adorned with Swarovski crys­tals. Fol­low­ing fash­ion’s an­drog­y­nous bent, most of the items in the col­lec­tion are de­lib­er­ately uni­sex­ual.

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