TIMO WEILAND: BANKING ON THE BLOUSON
The collection: Relaxed silhouettes amped up with primary shots of red and blue — cobalt splashed onto a generously-cut DB (look 1) or crimson applied to a pair of languid trousers (look 22) — held together by the leitmotif of 70s inspired zip-up blousons (Yes!). The closing trio of black-and-white checkered bombers and overcoats added a touch of sophistication to an otherwise casual street wear offering.
Favourite look: That full-plaid ensemble of a zip-up blouson and slim-cut trouser worn with shiny black brogues (look 11). Co-ordination never looked so cool.
Accessory to watch: Those French berets. This men's fall/winter 2016 season has seen its fair share of fedoras and beanies, but topping off your outfit with a round flat cap? So unexpected that it may just be the next big thing.
TODD SNYDER: UTILITARIAN SEPARATES
The collection: Super wearable suits and separates. The great thing about American menswear designers — and Todd Snyder is no exception — is their commitment to unashamedly commercial collections. Gone were the monochromatic (and almost military) coats of last fall, and in their place, utilitarian outerwear in the form of hooded parkas, field jackets and pea coats — richly painted in autumnal shades of ochre, merlot and hunter green. There was also a discernible athletic slant to the whole offering with tracksuit pants proffered as preferred bottoms, and sneaker-like ankle boots anchoring every exit. Favourite look? The chic simplicity of a leather overcoat (luxuriously finished with a shearling collar) worn over a crew neck top, tucked into khaki chinos, and paired with suede chukkas (look 21). Smart and masculine.
Buro loves: The large diamond-shaped quilting applied to gilets, bombers and pullovers; especially the shock yellow bomber layered under an oversized green parka in look 34 (see cover image above).
Something to try at home: Or, for Singaporeans, the next time you're on a winter holiday — wrapping a scarf around your neck twice before securing it with a tight asymmetric knot, leaving one end to drape over your shoulder. Louche.
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