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John Varvatos Menswear S/S12

Soft military influences were combined with a contemporary take on 60s elements in neutral colourings

Quite a typical collection for John Varvatos in a few ways, both through his softer military references including both a more contemporary take and a quite 60s feel. Soft colours were also seen again - neutrals and naturals, browns, beige, deep petrol blue – as were loose tailoring and draped fabrics. A silk trench with slightly oversized proportions in a pleasing turquoise colour summed it up well, as did the military inspired jackets. Added detailing included rope epilettes and shawl collars, but overall it was kept simple and refined. While the collection overall may have been reserved there were a number of features which drew the eye. Asymmetrical buttoning appeared on casual jackets, along with floral monochromatic prints on top of fine check. Knee length slim fitting cardigans in fine grey cable knit also added a new feel but maintained that softer and slightly feminine mood. Three piece, wide collar suits in light grey added a rock touch that referenced both the 50s rockabilly and the more recent incarnation. Leather jackets, albeit collarless and butter soft brown, appeared in a couple of looks, again adding a slight rock touch.