Fourth & Main AW13 Pitti Preview
Another fairly recent addition to the menswear scene, Fourth & Main caught my eye amidst more established labels such as Our Legacy, ts(s), Gitman or United Arrows, all showing in the same wing at Pitti. The inviting stand was beautifully decorated with navajo printed rugs and pillows, along with a vintage trunk and desk that set the mood for Paul White’s clean, polished collection focused on contemporary classics with attention to details. Presenting a selection of outerwear including lightweight parkas and jackets as well as wintery wool blazers with flattering fit, the collection pretty much covered all of your AW needs. Accessories such as pocket squares, ties and socks were kept in mind to add some freshness to the looks.
Pendleton Portland AW13 Collection
Billy Reid AW13 Pitti Preview
Another eye-catching collection from the American designer, making perfect use of earthy tones in beautiful jackets and heavy knits with jacquard prints. A well balanced mix of menswear essentials such as sharp blazers and shirts, while allowing you the freedom to play around with pattern and texture through thoroughly detailed garments.
The standouts? I would have to say everything leather: from superb vintage looking briefcases, totes and holdalls, up to the suede loafers and leather boots, simply outstanding…
Norwegian Rain AW13 Preview
When you live in Europe’s rainiest city, Bergen, Norway, chances are you grow tired of hiding your carefully put together attire under boring windbreakers or parkas. If you’re lucky enough to have a unique sense of style and aesthetical sensibility, such as creative director Alexander Helle, you might want to take matters into your own hands. This is the underlying premise behind Norwegian Rain.
Defined as a “sartorial take on extreme outerwear”, Norwegian Rain aims to deliver uniquely designed garments inspired by Japanese sensibility, while assuring the ultimate weather protection. This eclectic mix of styles and universes results in an outstanding collection of highly technical trenchcoats, capes and parkas you’ll actually want to throw on top of your other pieces.
Even if rain isn’t as much of an issue where you live as it is in Bergen, these items are definitely worth taking a closer look…
Meltin’ Pot AW13 Preview, Firenze
Although during Pitti all the attentions are mainly focused on the Fortezza itself, the truth is Firenze becomes stage for numerous parties, cocktails, showrooms and previews. After the fair closes its doors, there’s still a lot of activity going on scattered throughout the city center that’s worth taking a closer look: that was just the case with the Meltin’ Pot showroom…
Set in a unique “Wild Wild West meets underground punk gothic” scenario, Meltin’ Pot presented its AW13 collection resorting to a healthy dose of revivalism, through creative director Leopoldo Durante’s re-editions of some of the most renowned models. Inspired by over 19 years of historical archives, the result is a mind blowing array of options focused on details, fit and versatility - fully reversible two colorway versions, pipe stitching, special washes and finishings, unique fabrics, the works. See the wooly pants on the bottom pic? They’re actually made from heavily brushed denim giving it that soft texture and feel: brilliant…
To top it off (pun intended), beautiful earthy toned knits with plays on texture and a selection of jackets ranging from fitted wool peacoats to lightweight waterproof technical parkas.
Officine Generale AW13
GANT by Michael Bastian AW13 “Stockbridge” Collection
Gloverall AW13 through the lens of Nick Clements