30 March 2009

The Traveller


Since the debut of the Spring/Summer '09 collections last year, I have silently been in anticipation of trying looks inspired by the prevailing French and Italian trends. In Paris, one noted the important concept of the traveller, whilst in Milan the idea of nightwear inspired clothing seemed to dominate. Oddly enough however, both source inspirations provided looks that were similar in a number of ways.

In France, Junya Watanabe would provide his vision of the French road trip with traces of the colonial adventures. His laid back and comfortable summer looks evoked imagery of worry free travels and casual exploration. I have always had a rather romantic view of the traveller, so his interpretation of that character had a definite appeal to me. The light blue cotton jackets paired with khakis, brown shoes and acessorised with oversized travel trunks provided a look that I was rather enamoured by. There is something nostalgic yet fresh about his collection that I feel will work well for this season.

In Milan, the menswear collections saw rise to nightwear inspired pieces - comfortable and airy looks, reminiscent of pyjamas with the employment of fine stripes and lighter density fabrics. The prevailing hues of light blue fascinated me, especially that of the suits and jackets. As seen in the Watanabe collection, Milan also saw the pairing of blues and varying hues of pink. Indeed, I was especially drawn to the vivid pinks of the Louis Vuitton and Gucci collections and their combination alongside the lighter blues.

As such, when I was invited to have lunch with my cousin this weekend I was keen to put into realisation one of my own interpretations of the Spring collections. Over a buttoned white shirt I decided to wear a bright pink, fine cashmere sweater, not too thick that I would feel overly warm, however comfortable enough for the remaining cooler weather. On top of this I wore a finely striped, blue and white cotton jacket with a simply placed white pocket square. I also decided to wear my pocket watch in order to provide a somewhat more traditional touch to the look.

I feel that I may actually replace the dark blue buttons of the jacket with either brass or wooden alternatives in the near future, so the contrast is not quite as stark as it is at present. Although I feel that as the warmer weather begins to feel at home, I shall be pairing the jacket with light blue or khaki trousers, given the still somewhat cooler weather, I felt that I would use light denim for the look. I finished the look with pink socks and my brown brogue boots for a somewhat smarter feel as opposed to plimsoles or other alternative casual footwear.


(it seems as if the top break of the jacket is rather tight, however it was simply not sitting on my shoulders correctly for these photographs - sorry!)
Currently playing: Sky Might Fall - Kid Cudi

xxxx

46 comments:

  1. Really nice blog, and you have much nice picture!

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  2. Your brogues and pocketwatch are so beautiful!

    I think that wooden buttons would be beautiful on your coat... a few years back I made a sailor skirt from a very fine blue & white striped chambray, using wooden buttons on it.. it was delightfully light and summery. And it's such an easy & inexpensive way to change up the appearance!

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  3. Love your take on this look. And that pocketwatch IS gorgeous.

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  4. Ooo, I like Junya Watanabe's collection a lot. Light blue and khaki makes a lovely combination for an early summer look. I like the other collections as well, but your interpretation is my fave. Your pocket watch is lovely dear!

    xx

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  5. i love your shoes :)
    you've such a great style!

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  6. Hey there. I love the idea of being able to travel all the time. If I had the time and resources, I would definitely do it. I love these clothes. Whether a person was visiting the countryside and the capital of some foreign nation would be exciting. I really love what you were wearing. I think it looks great. Fantastic pictures. Take care. Have a great week. Cheers!

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  7. What wonderful points of reference, your resulting outfit is super sharp! And wow, the pocket watch really is exquisite. The intricate design is a thing of beauty.

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  8. I love your shoes. They are buff =.D

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  9. Very chic! You can never go wrong with a striped jacket, so classy and yet modern.

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  10. as always i love what you're wearing dk

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  11. D&G delivered a geek inspired look i can def relate with...n i love ur boots... :o)

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  12. Not only do I love the outfits, but I think that you did the perfect job mimicking the look!
    :D

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  13. Love Junya Watanabe SS09!!:)

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  14. I love each and every collection u chose! More men should dress like u, love the brogues and especially the watch; the color/texture combos are perfection!

    xx
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  15. i looooove emporio armani. and your shoes are beautiful!

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  16. i love the fact that you always pay attention to detail with the bracelet and pocketchain.
    the jacket looks wonderful :)
    mx

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  17. I love the color combo!!

    The stitching on the jacket is amazing!

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  18. PS
    the fuji fim is actually cheaper than polaroid :P
    Let's see the use of that camera soon :)

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  19. That jacket is just plain amazing! And I love the way you added color with the sweater.

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  20. i love these men's collections.
    i can't wait to make a DIY project for mr. freddy.

    i love your jacket with chain on it.

    btw, pls let me know if you're interested to exchange links. thanks.

    http://momfashionworld.blogspot.com/

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  21. I love the D&G men's line.. so goood.

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  22. The bright sweater layered under your blazer...such a fantastic look! I also love the close-up shots of your pocket watch.

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  23. I love the hats in that collection. I have a thing for good hats :)

    You always have the best shoes! <3

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  24. WOW, what a great style, hun

    Love the whole look, and the shoes are gorgeous.

    xoxo

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  25. evil eye charm all the wayyyyy i have them on rings and bracelets! =]

    great coverage; as always dapper. thanks for the complimentary comment! :]

    xx

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  26. You dress so so well. I love those brogues and that pocket watch is so beautiful. Must be quite satisfying listening to the clockwork.

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  27. very cool jacket. I love the bracelet too. I do wonder if the trend in nightware has to do with clubing..or just staying in ..relaxing as in gaming...

    so nifty!

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  28. very much a throw back as if trying to say we can get through this time..again...if the colors are right in the jacket. what is your take of jacket and shorts together?

    I like your outfit more than the french made stuff.

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  29. phenomenal pocket watch. very dapper indeed. the blue and pink work well against each other. and i LOVE those boots.

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  30. trains are especially romantic.. i want to tuck a bow tie on that outfit! you look sharp as always.
    xo s

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  31. I love these collections so much! Great outfit too, your shoes are wonderful!

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  32. thanks so much for the note. Oh..so dapper! very cool colors and a very fine bracelet too.

    hopefully, you don't get tornadoes there like here in the plains of the states. We have snow on one side and wind on the other. It changes constantly in the spring.

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  33. Wow, as usual, I totally love your outfit. Sometimes I wish male models were as well known as female models haha. I think the fashion industry is one of the only industries where females are wayyy better paid than men.

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  34. Perfect collection.... so casual yet to perfectly tailored. As for your outfit, well you always get it right... I absolutely love it :)

    Have a wonderful day.

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  35. love the look especially those shoes!

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  36. I love your interpretation of the collections. My favorite ones are Watanabe and Armani, I'm in love with the hats and the relaxed pants look. xxoxoxoxo

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  37. the brown brogue boots are soo cool! and i'm loving the junya hats and dolce and gabbana glasses!

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  38. ohhh love lovelove junya watanabe...i think its the colours...and your brogues are perfect...

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  39. I love the runway looks and your interpretation :) x

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  40. You always look so fantastic!
    x

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  41. You look great! I love your shoes and that blazer<3

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  42. Nice crisp photos of ur pocket watch...that reminds me that I have to find a pretty one of my own! :)

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  43. Written so poetical and then BANG! it falls into place with your photographs.

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