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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.
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When it comes to outerwear, choosing among the myriad of available options may be intimidating at times. Apart from the so called “traditional” models which we all should have in our closets, there are alternatives for everyone out there: heavyweight versions for those who like to sport nothing more than a shirt under it, or lighter ones for the layering adepts. No matter which group you fall into, you need to get your basics covered, starting with classics in neutral shades such as navy or black. I’m a supporter of color, but when it comes to investing considerable amounts (outerwear doesn’t come cheap), you want to have a few all rounders. Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean that neutrals are the only way to go, especially if basics are no longer an issue and you’re looking for a new addition to spice things up.
To those of you on the next level, aiming to step away from the outerwear comfort zone, there are two paths: go for bold design or experience with color/pattern. As I’m not the biggest fan of overly designed items, I’ll address the colorway. The first thing to bear in mind is that the visual impact is proportional to the size of the garment itself, which colorwise, poses a challenge as few other pieces pack such a punch as jackets/coats. So, the choice of color is crucial: a safe bet on not so usual colors would be camel or hunter green, whereas if you really want to stand out, neon like shades such as yellow, orange or royal blue are the way to go.
If you throw pattern into the mix, the task of finding the perfect piece becomes all the more difficult, but the outcome may be that more exciting. Achieving a balance between both is the key to success, but requires a keen eye, so when in doubt go with solid colored fabrics. Experiencing with bold outerwear is not for the faint of heart, but when you get the hang of it you’ll have a hard time going back to classics.