Études for November Magazine by Nicolas Coulomb
Études SS13 Lookbook
Yet another impressive lookbook from the French brand formerly known as Hixsept…
Acne Ben Worker (Over)Shirt - €200,00 @ Acne
J Crew Slim Fit Crewneck Tee - €29,03 @ Mr Porter
Incotex Slim-Fit Cotton Chinos - €229,80 @ Mr Porter
Paul Smith Ripley Shoes Maroon - €217,00 @ Por Vocação
Paul Smith Striped Canvas Belt - €84,66 @ Mr Porter
Hixsept Moucha Scarf - €79,00 @ Hixsept
Hixsept SS12: “Variations”
Another outstanding lookbook from the promising French brand, maintaining the usual emphasis on the color palette and patterns…
This is one of my favourite jackets for the season: waxed finishing, rich honey shade, navy corduroy detailing and floral lined hood. A great alternative to more traditional brands such as Barbour.
Stamp of Approval - Hixsept
When you’re passionate about a subject, an overwhelming urge to know every little thing about it is likely to take over you. Although such a level of knowledge is ultimately unachievable, the search often proves valuable and fulfilling. I try to make the most of my virtually non-existent free time, reading and researching several menswear related topics; one of the things I often come across are new, emerging labels.
It’s always exciting to see the kind of fresh, original interpretations new labels have on fashion, even if I tend to stay loyal to the ones I have a special connection to. However, every now and then, I have to let my guard down and surrender to the offerings of some of the brands out there. One such case is Hixsept.
Created by French duo Aurélien Arbet and Jérémie Egry, the brand reflects their rich background in arts and design, by combining elements of re-interpreted minimalism with color blocking and interesting use of fabric combinations. Although they’ve been around for a while now, their latest collections really put them on the radar, earning them much deserved recognition from media and peers alike. Aiming at reinventing themselves in each collection, they consistently present colorful, vibrant and refreshing items every season, combining great fit and craftsmanship with an affordable price tag. Moreover, they might just produce the best lookbooks out there…
For providing a unique approach to menswear, Hixsept receives Beyond Fabric’s Stamp of Approval.
Their SS11 Lookbook
Dress to the occasion
One of the aspects which seems to be overlooked in fashion blogs and websites alike, is how one’s outfit should be put together according to a given situation. If we browse through most street style or picture based websites, we’ll most likely be presented with sharply dressed men and women going on and about their daily tasks. Obviously, we all love to see suberbly complex looks, but it seems that the context in which they’re photographed is usually redundant - fashion shows, events, on the way to work…
Certainly those same men and women have vast wardrobes at their disposal, whose contents allow them to dress up or down according to their agenda; it’s just that we often don’t get a chance to see them in different situations. In fact, as I see it, being able to discern “what to wear when/where” is a crucial aspect for stylish individuals: the ability to blend in, while dashingly standing out, simply by portraying an outstanding ensemble.
The truth is not all individuals match their outfits to the situation. In an excessive effort to look good, they sometimes forget to match their clothes to the moment or place, resulting in an inadequate, out of place look. Imagine, for instance, you’re having a sunny Sunday brunch at a seaside venue, the canvas deckchair just screaming your name: you’ll most likely want to bask in the sun for a while and pleasantly enjoy it…hard to pull off if you’re all suited up.
Don’t get me wrong, I love dressing up and intricate ensembles just as much as the next, but I believe there’s a time and place for everything. The “perfect” look is the one which, besides making you look good, allows you to feel confident and confortable about yourself, and may very well be comprised of tailored shorts and a trim polo shirt should the situation call for it. Your wardrobe is varied for a reason…make the most out of it!
Great simple Summer looks captured by F.E. Castleberry.
Hixsept’s SS11 lookbook - one of my new favourite labels.