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.
FOTT x Universal Works AW12 Capsule Collection
A Unique Parka
Whenever the weather allows it, changing from heavy duffle or overcoats to something lighter and more practical is a welcome change. The lightweight parka is an essential and versatile addition to any wardrobe, an allrounder wearable from early Fall to late Winter. This Cross Jacket is a perfect example, combining a soft twill fabric with several outstanding details such as a warm puffed lining, adjustable drawstring on the waist with leather detailing, biased patch front pockets and button cuffs. Its mao-like collar works brilliantly with a turtleneck sweater, providing the perfect chance to take a break from shirts while keeping a polished and elegant look. I must say my position on turtlenecks has been one of love/hate, mostly because of the poor uses we come across on a daily basis, but also due to its cliché-ish associations. To keep things interesting a dash of color through orange chinos and striped socks, balanced by a pair of blue suede loafers…
Details: Cross Jacket by CAMO, merino wool turtleneck sweater by Zara, chinos and socks by H&M and suede loafers by Buttero.
Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira
Carhartt Heritage AW12 Collection
Rain attire: the lightweight parka
Although Spring is officially upon us, we’re still a few months aways from continuous sunny days. Even with the temperatures rising, Spring showers are well reported phenomena which call for specific garments.
Apart from the ever reliable umbrella, this time of the year is perfect for lightweight parkas or cotton trenches, whose purpose is more focused on keeping you dry rather than warm. One of the best things about these items is how easily they adapt to your outfit: as the final layers, you can effortlessly pair them with just a shirt and tie, a full suit, a blazer or a heavy knit cardigan. Given how light and thin they tend to be, they make for a great layering alternative to top your usual attire. Just bear in mind at the time of purchase, that the size and fit should reflect your needs, that is, if you’re planning to wear a blazer underneath, you might want to size up.
When it comes to this type of outerwear, I tend to favour pieces on the longer side, sitting at the hips, due to the slim silhouette and extra rain protection (for added emphasis on the silhouette, look for belted options). On this note, this waxed olive cotton parka makes for the ultimate rain attire for those pesky rainy days…Love how the shades of tan on the drawstrings, scarf and boots perfectly complement each other.
PS: I’ve been wanting to include my dog in a post for some time now, and the chance presented when she gladly entered the picture as we were shooting.
Olive waxed cotton parka by Our Legacy (M), brown v-neck cashmere/silk sweater by Massimo Dutti (M), checked shirt by Boglioli (hidden-40), jeans by Levi’s 511 slim (32 tailored), waxed leather Portuguese boots (44), vintage braided belt, camel scarf by Burberry and glasses by Prada.