While Harvey Nichols loves to pamper its lady-shoppers, debonair gentlemen also have quite the options when it comes to the fabulous men’s department. From a stellar brand assortment to structured fabrics and on-trend shoes, Harvey Nichols Kuwait has got it all covered!
Neil Barrett’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection draws on the decorative patterns of men’s attire across the globe, fusing Western and Eastern references. The collection travels across cultures, dissecting different notions of the male identity: American workwear with European tailoring, Japanese denim with Italian jacquards. Archetypal motifs are reworked, reexamined and fused together to create an unexpected and modern mix: Like nautical stripes, keffiyeh checks, camouflage, leopard and batik patterns drawn from traditional kimonos.
However, a uniformity prevails amongst the global outlook – a uniform of masculinity. This is expressed through matching prints – shirt and jacket in coordinating patterns, in different scales or colors – and a strict palette of tuxedo monochrome, white and shades of navy.
A newly-found relaxation prevails, with silhouettes exemplifying an accurate ease. Trousers are cut with a low crotch, narrow in the hip but sitting low on the body, hems are turned-up or cuffed. Shirts are worn open, with 2/3 sleeves nonchalantly folded-up. Garments and shapes are drawn from the established vocabulary of the male wardrobe, twisted with a contemporary perspective to become future classics. Two-button suiting, Harrington jackets, light Crombie coats, cuffed jeans and denim jackets are the building-blocks of the looks. Neil Barrett reintroduces his own “classics”: buffalo-leather, a lynchpin of the brand’s earliest collections, makes a reappearance, washed and soft for summer.
Traveling in style, accompanied by an ever-changing soundtrack, adopting from cultures around the world as a tool for writing one’s personal story through clothing is the journey that Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have embarked on for the new Valentino collection. This song-filled journey freely interprets Bruce Chatwin: a geographical and psycho-geographical collage in which music is the channel for entering in contact with another place and absorbing its spirit to tell a completely new story. Travels are always seen through the eyes of the wanderers that endlessly create and recreate reality. The result is a glamorous, liberating polyphony that focuses on the man and his inalienable individuality. The link and signature of the collection is the exquisite artisan workmanship of couture, which is a defining and distinctive trait of this fashion house.
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The Spring/Summer ’16 collection shows a surrealist encounter – an imaginary chat between Marilyn Monroe and Salvador Dali. You will notice a juggling iconography with creative provocateurs: Schiaparelli, Elvis, John Lydon, Dali, Monroe.
Marilyn’s iconic face is portrayed through photos, weaves, knits and applique. Utilizing digital manipulation, Marilyn languishes along the border of silks. Other symbolic elements include the lobster, lips, beetles, eyes, doves, faces, archetypes, palms, the leopard, Hawaiian plaid, and paisley. Juxtaposed against these symbols are raining rhinestones, panes of sequin scales in blood and gold, and stationery brooches.
This season, the Helmut Lang menswear collection has a relaxed utilitarian vibe and classic undone tailoring, teamed up with soft shades of mid layers to cast a straight contemporary shadow.
Giuseppe Zanotti explores a new dimension for Spring/Summer 2016. The men’s collection is androgynous and irreverent. Contrasting elements are perfectly and effortlessly entwined. The collection features edgy details such as studs, chains and safety pins along with suede and fringes in earthy tones which are reminiscent of California in the 70s.
The Axel Arigato collection offers a selection of statement pieces including the brand’s latest silhouette introduction, Clean 90. Inspired by the purity found in unfinished sentences, the collection is left open to interpretation yet always executed with the utmost attention to detail and quality. All shoes are handmade in Portugal with materials sourced primarily from Italy.
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