Norwegian Rain + T-Michael AW14 Pitti Preview
It’s only fitting that the first entry on the upcoming series of collection previews, features one of the most impressive shown at the venue: Norwegian Rain. This time around the Bergen-based label showcased its outstanding creations alongside those of bespoke tailor T-Michael, one half of NR. Simply put, not only are these guys some of the nicest and most stylish individuals around, they’re also delivering one of the most unique concepts in the current menswear scene.
Within the superb ambience created for visitors, one could find exclusive installations and items evoking their universe of collaborations, as well as the core outerwear pieces from the upcoming line. Along with new colorways, fabrics and textures on trademark pieces, the biggest reveal were the new models on the “Arctic Line” which features shearling collars and linings, that utterly transform the lightweight parkas into full-geared versions able to withstand up to -20ºC. Besides the obvious aesthetic element this brings to the table, it also conveys a more versatile approach to the originals, allowing several combinations that ultimately make the most of your investment.
Ph: Beyond Fabric
I must say I always struggle when asked to describe my personal style: although it’s undoubtedly influenced by my European roots (most often leaning towards an Italian aesthetic), it is also heavily inspired by a multitude of surrounding stimuli. To sum up, I would have to say something along the lines of modern European with an eclectic twist - not the easiest definition for sure, but one that allows me to accommodate the wide array of attires I often sport.
Eclectic being the word here, I came across this overlapped checked shirt while cruising Zara women’s department with my girlfriend. The unique Japanese inspired crossover design with mao collar and longer length at the back, along with the outstanding color combination instantly caught my attention. Of course I hesitated for a while, after all it was womenswear, but then I thought… why the hell not? I could definitely picture it worn as a lightweight overshirt during Summer, so here’s the outcome.
Details: overlapped checked shirt by Zara, crewneck tee and jeans by Levi’s, suede boat shoes by Buttero, shades by Linda Farrow Luxe, bracelets by Viola Milano and watch by Rolex.
Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira