Camoshita United Arrows AW14 Pitti Preview
Yasuto Kamoshita is, simply put, one of the most stylish individuals around. With a background in architecture and a refined aesthetic sense, heavily influenced by the strong Ivy League movement lived in Japan during the 1960s, his creations embody a modern Japanese dandyism. As creative director of United Arrows, this unique blend of Japanese and American styles results in outstanding collections, marked by beautifully tailored garments and exquisite use of fabrics, patterns and textures.
The AW14 collection maintains the line of thought, delivering a modern take on classic essentials through small tweaks and attention to detail. While the Ivy League and European tailoring references are still at its core, the Japanese will to evolve and elevate things to a new level is visible in each piece. An extensive (and for some, unusual) color palette is paired with a variety of textures, print and patterns, portraying classic elegance with unique panache: bold stripes, diamonds and polka dots come to life in topcoats, suits, blazers and shirts, adding a refreshing twist on these menswear essentials. All perfectly complemented by an array of luxurious accessories such as the paisley silk scarfs of which I’m an unconditional fan.
Ph: Beyond Fabric
When your wardrobe has grown to a considerable size, comprising most essential menswear pieces, it’s time to start throwing some less conventional additions to the mix. Nonetheless, it’s curious to see how sometimes you start looking at those core essentials in different ways, experimenting and pairing what until then, didn’t resonate as obvious choices.
This was just the case with this outfit: although cargos have slowly been out of the equation in recent times, they most often prove a reliable alternative to denim, chinos or slacks, when you’re aiming to portray a different ensemble. This washed-out dark green version called for a brighter shade on top, perfectly filled by the beige piquet two-button blazer. The earthy color palette seamlessly blended with the wintery nature background, while accessories such as the floral printed scarf, plaid pocket square and vintage shades highlighted the overall look.
Details: beige piquet blazer by Massimo Dutti, cable knit sweater by H&M, denim shirt by Hentsch Man, green cargo pants by Uniqlo, leather penny loafers by Lottusse, floral scarf by Èpice, plaid pocket square by Add-On, vintage shades.
Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira
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After getting in touch with the collection at Pitti, it’s great to see it come to life on the lookbook…
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There’s no denying that Japanese brands have been delivering some of the most striking collections lately, as Ethosens’ offerings for the (hopefully) distant Winter proves yet again. Outstanding trenchcoats and macs are given new life through biased designs and patching details, while superb heavy cable knitted sweaters and trousers allow to bring some texture int the mix. Definitely one to keep under the radar…
There are several ways to introduce interesting elements to an attire; although our first impressions are undoubtedly visual, and color plays a huge role in this area, the whole universe that comprises an attire is much more intricate. When it comes down to it, everything from patterns, to contrasts and more importantly textures, have a significant impact in the outcome: after all, in its bare essence, we are dealing with fabrics…
It’s amazing how the same fabric ends up delivering such different garments through alternative production techniques, like in this case wool, used in the heavy knit cable cardigan and smooth floral scarf and herringbone slacks. Striped braces add some panache and the suple taupe suede derbies bring yet another texture to the mix.
Details: cable knit toggle cardigan by Officina 36º, dress shirt by Paul Smith, herringbone wool slacks by Gentleman, suede derby shoes by Buttero, cap by H&M, shades by Linda Farrow Luxe, wool/silk scarf by Èpice, braces by Tie Rack and polka dot socks by H&M.
Model and styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira