Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Joseph Abboud Fall 2016 NYFW



While a fawning, ad money obsessed and overly trend conscious, yet under educated,  media is busy oohing and aaahing and gooing over more unwearable silly clothes there was a collection that appeared and it was all about menswear.. You remember menswear... Worn by men... Not boys... Men... Men of style and taste... Men who knew their way around a suit or jacket... Men who opt for classic and not boring and stray from the laughable excuses presented day after... Yes that man!  And yes clothes that don’t require some thesis to explain why they look the way they do! One might even say there is something very Italian dandy going on here! PS look at the models!! Did you see anyone who was barely old enough to shave or look like they needed a cheeseburger?
 
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Little attention is paid to a collection and a veteran designer such as Joseph Abboud for fear the critic might be deemed old fashioned or fusty but it has not gone unnoticed by the likes of me. Abboud, without question, made a visual statement of sartorial splendor using shades of grey and lots of them and with textures, a variety of silhouettes, jackets, lapels, fabrications and with a heavy dose of swagger and slick. The shoes, the tilt of the hat, the accessories, the layering; it all spelled out a major fashion statement that wreaked of possibly the Duke of Windsor and the peacocks of another era without looking dated; one might even say urbane or continental! I am sure there are those who will see this kind of  “look” as contrived but I’ll take this over another bomber or another oversized sweater or another thrift shop inspired trendy look.
 
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If you are in possession of a keen eye  or, well, just a good memory, you might have noticed a slight nod to Etro, an arc closured vest that registered Armani or maybe it just all looked the way one would hope that men might once again look this good. Without doubt most will say... oh him or boring... well... I say kudos and Bravo! Thank you carrying on the tradition or what was once a standard for classic menswear. BTW… thanks for a real and genuine collection!
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