Man on the Move: Confidence in Classic Modernism

Ovadia & Sons F/W 2016

Ovadia & Sons F/W 2016

A sartorial blend of refined street wear and elevated business casual is what’s happening in menswear. This look from Ovadia & Sons Fall 2016 fuses modernism with classicism. This ensemble is for the guy who understands the conventions of style, is attuned to current trends, but is an individualized revisionist. He has a penchant for taking risks and knows how to bend the rules while retaining an attractive taste level.

Style Advice: Take on a dual personality and mix semi-athletic with office attire. When done craftily the results are disruptive as it subverts the conventionality of classic men's tailoring. The first step is to grab a fitted medium grey bomber jacket from River Island $130. When paired with a more monochromatic black textured sweater from Zara, $30 the look will appear dressier and more work appropriate. Add a sleek pair of pleated cropped trousers from COS $115, for an unpronounced play on traditional tailoring. Then finish it all off with double monk straps from Massimo Dutti $180. The finished look envisages a man with a very studied understanding of not just modern styling but also of effortless confidence visualized. 

Must-Have: Tailored Sweat Pants: Blending style formality with the ultimate informal item. The pairing of sportswear with dress attire is finding proportional and functional ground in menswear. A classic jogger will make any overly tailored ensemble more approachable. Kenzo’s "urban" sweat pant, $345, and how it is styled here is an eye catching example of placing a hint of casual in a buttoned up outfit.

Industry Update: Ovadia & Sons plug Victor Cruz for Resort Collection Campaign: Amid the ongoing and always highly debated conversation around diversity in fashion, emerging brand Ovadia & Sons has chosen NFL athlete Victor Cruz for their resort collection campaign. They cited him as an ardent supporter of the brand and stated that their connection to his personal story and style were what attracted them. The images are apt for Cruz’s polished sporty image and reveals a very on-trend street wear take on Ovadia and Son’s effortless aesthetic. Achieving true diversity in fashion entails placing people of color - whether models by occupation or fashion forward celebrities - in contexts that fit how they normally choose to present themselves. Putting a stylish athlete in luxurious sports wear makes a concrete and effective statement. As the discourse surrounding inclusivity in this multi-billion dollar industry continues we will see if more designers take note and follow suit.