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The Triumphant Return of the Impulse Buy

July 27, 2010

You may not need them, but you sure as hell want them: a guided tour of the standout items from the fall’s standout collections.


Craftsmanship has been the watchword at Hermès for 173 years, and under artistic director Véronique Nichanian, everything from this season’s quietly luxurious suits and sportswear (a crocodile sweatshirt, a parka with a fox-fur-trimmed hood, mountains of cashmere) to the house specialty—leather goods like this calfskin duffel—gets star treatment.

Burberry Prorsum

Looking over Christopher Bailey’s indomitable lineup for Burberry this fall, you’ll see plenty of takes on World War II — era military uniforms as well as an army of double-breasted greatcoats, massive bomber jackets, and, of course, variations on the house’s iconic trench. For more-casual outings, there’s also this coated-cotton-and-canvas shearling-lined overcoat. Waterproof and warm as a furnace, it’s just the thing for a man on a mission.


Miuccia Prada’s new khaki-colored moleskin suit is proof positive that anyone who insists on asking “why” when shopping for clothes would be better served by asking “why not.” You may not necessarily need it, but like the rest of Prada’s eclectic mix of tan suits, cozy sweaters, and camo-print overcoats, you will really, really want it.


Like a lot of designers right now, Frida Giannini has cited her brand’s heritage as a big inspiration, and it’s easy to picture the Gucci man lounging in St. Moritz, circa 1970, nuzzling some frisky Swiss miss while wearing this chunky shawl-collar sweater. It’s casual luxury, après-ski style, and few designers this season do it as well as Giannini.


Many designers have urban adventure on the brain this season, and Kim Jones’s latest outing for Dunhill is heavy on both polished tailoring and rugged-looking but undeniably luxe accessories, e.g., these leather paratrooper-inspired boots. With their zipper-and-lace closure and beefy, let’s-go-conquer-the-world soles, they’ll look as good pounding the city pavement as they will out in the rough.

via Best New Designer Clothes Fall 2010 – Luxury Clothes to Buy 2010 – Esquire.


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