14 June 2009

The Volume of Summer


As the weather slowly becomes hotter and the skies proudly boast their forget-me-not blue, my thoughts with regards to outfits often seem to hinge upon the idea of volume. The billowy cool of a wider cut piece is considered alongside the clean cut of a slimmer option. I suppose one tends to think of wider cut pieces as being more suited to effortless casual wear upon the shores of the sea, however for me, there is a definite appeal for those lazy hot weekends in the city. Gathering with the family for a luncheon in the garden, with a more spacious cut for comfort, from both the heat but also the inevitable belly full of good food, has always been a wonderfully summery image for me.

However far from keeping it a simply casual look, I have often looked towards the wider cut of suits in the past. The early twentieth century saw men donning pale colours and roomier suits for the summer months. There is something about the cut however, that always lent itself to a more relaxed summer look, especially once the wearer dispensed of their jacket and rolled up their sleeves.

As I thought of smart summer clothing and cooling volume, my thoughts turned towards the Spring '06 collection from Kris Van Assche. Taking inspiration from the tango dancer, and in places the torero, Van Assche managed to present a collection with that beautifully relaxed summer feel, full of volume and a certain romantic charm, that I have always looked towards. Whilst keeping the top half of each look reasonably fitted, indeed even in spite of the layering, the trousers really allowed for a sense of easy and yet styled comfort.

I was certainly drawn towards the wonderfully voluminous trousers, which in some cases were styled into scrunched up shorts. There was something about the combination of the flowing trousers when worn with espadrilles, or indeed simply bare feet, that created a clean and simple summer look. The line created by the wide cut trousers, scrunched into shorts falling below the knee, going into the bare shins conjured a slight sense of fragility. And yet when balanced by the likes of the vests, as opposed to a long sleeved piece, actually helped to allow for a certain strength and masculinity.

The rather simple colour palette of greys, greens, off whites and blues were at times met by a rather nice pop of bright red in the form of hats, sashes (to which I was particularly drawn) or indeed simply flowers carried by the models. I especially enjoyed the red patterned t-shirt, with which the model carried a simple black blazer, lined with red silk. Indeed there were subtle hints of patterning throughout the collection, which were gentle enough on not to overpower, but rather add a visual depth for those who chose to take a second look. From the metallic studded waistcoat to the striped and texturised fabrics of the flowing tops at the end of the collection, Van Assche created a subtle yet well considered finish to his looks.

Nowhere was the attention to detail clearer than in the more formal looks, styled in some parts with the inclusion of the plain parasols. The rather traditional suited looks were removed of their jackets, and the lighter colours truly did add an interestingly relaxed dynamic. Although rather simple, the finish of each look was thoughtful and well considered. From the matching of the hats to the striped ties, to the slight hip flair of the pleated trousers creating a distinct silhouette for the looks. Indeed whilst I was attracted to the trousers of the more casual looks, I was most impressed by the relaxed and comfortable finish of the more smart outfits. I certainly feel the need to play with volume this season...

Currently playing: Pump It Up - Elvis Costello

xxxx

48 comments:

  1. im in the bottom hemisphere and its freezing. the colour pallette does feel very warm :) i'm loving the wide cut volume

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  2. WOW! My fave is 2nd one, but all of pieces are really great!

    XoXo

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  3. im glad that you featured it, his 2nd collection! brought back so many memories.
    i remember really loving the shoes he showed and wishing it would catch up in america.

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  4. i like the red grey pants.
    looks comfortable and nice to clothe.

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  5. love love love this collection. the tailoring and colour palette are absolutely divine.

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  6. i especially love that sixth look down <3 i love resort!

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  7. My dad gave me a pair of his old trousers last summer - they were the softest cotton and very oddly cut. He'd had them since before I was born, perhaps even going back to the late 70s. Anyway, they are very roomy and airy in the best way possible. I like to roll up the legs a bit. It's just so perfect for summer!

    I also love the moody grays of the looks you selected. It's very appealing to me.

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  8. I love the first 2 looks. The way the tie is worn low like a sailor collar in the first and the way the trousers are rolled up in the 2nd are really summer perfection. I'm definitely liking pleated pants with lots of volume for summer. I agree that it's perfect for lazy city days.

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  9. These definitely look comfy. I'm not sure how they'd do in humidity..well, a couple anyway. I do like the nostalgia about them.

    Thank you for the note.

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  10. I love the one with the umbrella. Do you have a hat like that?

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  11. Those are really interesting pants in the last pic. Very cool post.

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  12. I'm glad the vest is in. I love the vest.

    Thanks so much for the note.

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  13. Hi there-a fabulous collection, thanks for sharing! Thanks so much for the lovely comment and for stopping by too, have a great Sunday!

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  14. I loooove when the occasion arises for my boyfriend and i to get dressed up together, and i am definitely a fan of wider, lighter styles. great post :)

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  15. I would pass out if I saw a boy wearing these. So hot. So chic

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  16. Beautiful roundup and writing, DK... especially love your concluding paragraph! The first sentence is perfection.
    Adoring the billowy trousers at Kris Van Assche!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  17. Naturally, when I see these pictures I have to think what my boyfriend would look like in them. I really would love to see him in a vests more often. Even suspenders would be nice too..to go with his kakis.

    I really loved the post.

    Well, Gordy is a bit like my older brother..he's even asked me to find friends for his girlfriend. She doesn't always get along with people..but she has my brother wrapped around her finger. He is very good about her hair...and she's the one who went to beauty school.

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  18. a really innovative collection. i love the use of props on the runway.

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  19. Intriguing, the tailoring and shapes.
    Great post.

    xoxo

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  20. i just love volume in clothing. in men's clothing however, up here in newcastle, it would probably be ridiculed!! had a lovely wknd thanks but just started to rain :( hope it's sunny in london for you!

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  21. Stupid flying monkeys....


    I really like the idea of volume as well. I've never really thought about it until now, but looking at the photos I can see how they are very summery.
    I adore the fifth and sixth outfits!
    :D

    xo,
    hk

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  22. yes for the bagginess! in the warm weather when i'm not wearing shorts, i usually always tend to sport some flowy dresses or breezy pants. that way i can really enjoy the breeze!

    thanks for commenting about my piercing (haha, never thought i'd say that sentence)! i don't want to make a big deal of it, but it's nice to hear what people think. just out of curiosity. anyhoo, i hope your weekend has been grand as well!

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  23. yeah, it was nice to be there :). i like this collection, it's nice and 'noncha'. mostly i find men collections a bit too styled for men, but this one is just stylish enough ;).
    xx

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  24. oh, i meant to tell you: you really should do a video post tying ties!! i, along with lots of others i'm sure, would love to be enlightened- especially with all the creative ways you've been showing us that menswear can be changed a bit for warm weather. ties are more versatile than we realize, i think.

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  25. Oh, I love the volume and the colours! It is so relaxed, but still very pretty ^^
    I think you should play with volume this summer :-D

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  26. I love the last pictures, I agree playing with volume can make for an interesting outfit.

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  27. I wish all men could get dressed like that!
    Btw your blog is AWESOME!!!!! I'm going to add you to my blog list right away!

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  28. I'm quite askant when it comes to wide pants but I have to admit that those are quite fancy...

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  29. It's been raining all week. Where is the sun?!!! I love the guy in the suit!

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  30. amazing pieces, grey is always a classic.
    you have such great taste.
    muah x
    marian

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  31. volume scares me because of my curves but they look amazing on men!

    have fun in the sun! :)

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  32. What a nice collection. These outfits really do exude a "certain romantic charm."

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  33. they are gorgeous :]
    i love the last piece

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  34. hey friend, i just awarded you :)

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  35. Hihi Thanks :P
    Yea, no, not me either. Well, it's mostly because it's way to hot here to run in the day. So morning/evening r the best!
    Yes, there's something special about bollywoodmovies, alright!
    Hope u had a splendid weekend !! :)

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  36. Oh yes, I love these! I really like the artistic, swashbuckling swagger that would go with this sort of attire. Let us know how you interpret your voluminous attire.

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  37. We love how you post more than just pictures and actually speak your mind. your blog's a great online read :]

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  38. These are all great. It's hard to pick a favorite. I do really love #3. I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Cheers!

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  39. Great collection, I love the palette! Hope you had a lovely weekend dear.

    xx

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  40. lovely line of clothing. the first is my fave!

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  41. The shape and volume of the pants are excellent. I really like the hats especially though.

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  42. great menswear collection
    We Were Damsels

    Thanks for the lovely comment we really appreciate you stopping by our blog

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  43. ps. your mum sounds like quite the character!

    "As long as you dress well and smell nice somebody's bound to like you"

    i;m not sure about your smell (i'm sure it's quite nice) but it looks like you've got total fannage on the blogosphere, so seems your mother was right.

    and yes. billowing-ness is moving in at the moment isnt it..

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  44. The way the models are holding the hats makes me laugh. Who walks around like that?

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  45. no.s 3, 5 and 8 are my favourite. I love them.

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  46. sometimes its cool to take a break from slim fit clothing into sth roomy :o]

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  47. The collar detail of the first picture is just wonderful :)

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