Man on the Move: Camouflaged in Sportswear

Valentino S/S 2016

Valentino S/S 2016

From the safari to the tropics, camouflage could hardly conceal nature’s beauty on this season’s runway. However, the power of this print worked wonders in other ventures. Disguised in the occasional look was an attention towards the heritage of American sportswear: a romance for denim and an investment in outerwear. At this sight practical fashion flourishes and clothing turns back to its roots. So, in the end the camouflage print shed light onto clothing’s purpose, functionality and fashion’s opium, aesthetic.  

Style Advice: Satin track suites, electric colored pullovers, leather drawstring bags and floral printed fanny packs: Valentino’s Spring 2016 Runway offered a collection of clothing and practical accessories that elevated the basics. The ordinary became the extraordinary. On various occasions, high fashion addressed the underlying influence of sportswear by showcasing jeans and military jackets, styles among sneakers and sweaters, other elements of sportswear.  With an attention to prints and practical silhouettes, a similar style and fashion consciousness can be achieved. Cop the look with Ralph Lauren Camouflage Anorak ($280) and J Brand, Tyler Slim Fit in Reed ($198). These are the cardinal pieces that define sportswear for Spring 2016. Accessorize this outfit with David Yurman rings ($395) and Saint Laurent Classic Hunting Backpack ($895). These details indicate personal style preferences. The rings add a bohemian sensibility to the look as the backpack carries an idea of how bags can be instantaneously fashionable and function. The patch on the side panel of this Valentino runway example is a trendy detail that provides space for personal expression. Patches are a popular way to show off some personality.To complete the ensemble, slip on a pair of Bottega Veneta brown and navy leather cross-woven sandal ($630). The simplicity of this sandal speaks to its fashion — uncomplicated and effortless, qualities most appreciated during this Spring/Summer season.   

Must Have: Root’s Student Pack  ($288) is hardly a fashion statement; rather more of declaration for practicality in the world of fashion. That in itself is a statement which cannot be silenced nor destroyed. This backpack is classic in style and exemplar to the image of this Canadian brand. A label known for their leather goods, the Student Pack is the original backpack design that dates back to the inception of the brand. As their tradition abides, Roots continues to work with Italian leather and craft in Toronto, Canada where the brand first opened its doors in 1973. Still today the brands runs itself on the premise that initially ran its business: practicality. Of course qualities of fashion materializes, the beauty of their Vintage Tribe leather (pictured above), remains an exclusive hide to their brand. There is a heritage to this brand, iconic to Canada’s identity and influence on fashion, Roots has established a buzz around durable North American leather goods. The Student Pack is a simple style of practicality and poise. Both characteristics reveal the beauty of its fashion.

Industry Update: Fashion photographer and the industry’s favorite style documenter, Bill Cunningham died at the age of 87 years old on Saturday, June 25th 2016 after being hospitalized for a recent stroke. Dedicating his work to capturing the fashionable and well dressed in New York’s fashion scene, Mr. Cunningham was an icon himself. Although the symbol of his appearance made known by his camera in hand and bicycle he traveled by. Cunningham made a career in photojournalism at the New York Times, where he reported and contributed to The Time's Style Section for roughly 40 years. His column “On the Street” communicated how trends were worn on the street and how New York embraced clothing and design aesthetic. Bill Cunningham left a legacy. Both the fashion and journalism industry has lost one of its greatest talents and leaders in the curiosity for the prevailing interest in street style.