“I am constantly inspired by everything that I see around me,” says John Varvatos.
“I think the idea of elegance is relevant again for an audience that, so far, has not experienced that taste of it. Youthful elegance, therefore, is my feeling for this season, meaning with youth an attitude, not a matter of age. I mixed a sense of dress-up with touches of my very own perfect imperfection and I added a dash of the military. The play of juxtapositions gives a nonchalant twist. This is a collection thought out for me because I like to be dressed up but not too stiff. It works from day to night, because this is the way people live and dress today”.
The silhouette is precise, but smoothed around the edges. Double-breasted jackets are paired with full or slightly flared pants, drawing a masculine, sensual line. There is an appreciation of all the little details that are integral to the ritual of dressing up; waistcoats are worn under suits and coats as a defining layer, shirt collars closed with tie bars are invariably paired with a necktie; straw hats with a wide brim complete most outfits. Masculine patterns in graphic black & white create a light crinkle: stripes of tuxedo bands, done in cotton, land on day trousers; a zipper rims the waistband of a pair of dress pants; black jackets sport white lapels; satin ribbons replace buttons and hooks on a coat. Double-breasted and cutaway create elegant lines movement.
The colour palette is classic, with unexpected accents: white, military green, grey, black, touches of red. Fabrics are precious, yet deliberately rough and intensely tactile: linen, cotton, cotton-metal, silk-linen, double jersey.
Accessories include straw hats with a satin band, lace-up brogues in canvas and hand-treated leather, wingtips, varnished canvas boots. Bags add an urban twist: leather totes with studded details, canvas and leather satchels, leather duffels with a linen effect.
A vision of elegance that is roughly perfect and classically imperfect. John Varvatos’ signature rock n’ roll is still there: it is an attitude.