Monday, April 2, 2007

An irresistible radical chic charmer


An irresistible radical chic charmer. This is the United Colors of Benetton man next summer: full of charisma and sophistication, obvious elegance and apparent informality. A mixture for discerning souls who shun banality.
Style and mood write the plot for such sophistication, while fabrics, yarns, details and combinations form the soundtrack of this undeniable glamour.

Hamptons. Canons of British elegance in white and mid-grey. Blazers and suits can be worn with a free choice of long or knee-length trousers. Shirts worn with a tie, textured sweaters and tennis shirts to wear with rather more informal windcheaters with a safari jacket-look or an immaculate duffle coat.

The Friday Club. A weekend look for the week in town: dressing down with style. Prince of Wales check jackets and trousers, pinstripes and denim worn with white, blue or classic-stripe shirts. As well as wide-striped knits and three-button vest tops under simple bomber jackets or trench coats.

Time to Shine. Its time for sport and a look halfway between the fans and the players. Polo shirts and rugby stripes – with feminine versions – badge-emblazoned club blazers, trousers from the terraces and game-playing Bermuda shorts. Dressing in layers is a real winner: T-shirt, faded shirt, pullover and, on top of everything, a short canvas jacket. Linen, cotton, gabardine and denim.

Bohemian Spirit. Here today; tomorrow, who knows? And with bags already packed, ready for new horizons. Washed leather jacket, floral shirt and jeans. Or multi-pocket jeans in ticking stripes, an underwear T-shirt and army-green cotton safari jacket. The elements change but the style’s the same: carefully studied sloppiness.

Photography by David Sims & Fabrica, F. Morandin

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