John Varvatos A/W 2013 Collection Inspiration:
"The world of today is all about contrasts that come together," says John Varvatos of his autumn/winter 2013 collection. "I created a bridge crossing an ocean and mixing seemingly opposite universes and different eras: English dandy and New York edge. Rooted in the character of old world English dandy, the great textures, deep autumnal colors and elegance are blended with a strong dose of New York edginess to create a sophisticated contemporary look for today's man. The new tailored silhouette has a subtle hourglass shape and a stronger shoulder while layers have been stripped back to let the fabrics, leathers, yarns and new proportions speak for themselves. Brushed tweeds, artisan finished leathers, hand knit sweaters and washed velvet shoes blend to create a timeless yet unexpected mix that is a step forward in the constant evolution of the John Varvatos signature handwriting."
The collection is sophisticatedly rough, with a richly tactile quality. Precise cuts and immaculate tailoring take on a new meaning through the use of fabrics that have been brushed, degradè woven, needlepunched, coated, oiled and treated to get an aged patina and a modern lightness. The silhouette is dignified and proud: strong shoulders and a new emphasis on the waist hint at the composed elegance of the dandy, while slim flared trousers add a dash of urban swagger.
The colour palette is dense and precious: tones of grey, deep wines, shades of blue, touches of black. Fabrics and yarns are delicate, yet deliberately rough: wool, cashmere, alpaca, mohair, leather.
Accessories include aged gentleman's hats, brushed and washed velvet lace-ups and boots, hybrid boots with a gaiter effect. Slim velvet scarves printed with textured motifs and silver chains woven with leather complete the look.