The latest on the male agenda: from Armani's nostalgic schoolboy suitcase to the outrageous flamboyance of Gucci's prints
THE BOLD MEN
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.
HALL OF FAMER
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.