Most Wanted: March/April
10 Most Desired Items You Must Have For This Season.
BROGUE AGENT - BERLUTI
Berluti makes some of the finest shoes in the world. Unlike the other great shoemakers, however, they are bold and frequent experimenters, constantly striving to combine their timeless craft with the latest stylistic innovations. Case in point: this loafer, with its burnished upper gleaming in beautiful turquoise. The broguing punched into the toe further relaxes the shoe, making it a perfect casual statement to pair with white jeans and a colorful sweater. Not everyone would be comfortable making such a statement, but for those with taste and daring, your moment has arrived.
Price upon request, Berluti.com
KRINK IN THE ARMOR - COACH
What is Krink? Maybe you haven’t been outside in a while. Created by New York street artist Craig Costello, a.k.a. KR, Krink produces a special permanent ink designed to drip and run over walls, streets, and canvases, creating a seemingly spontaneous burst of color. Coach has taken notice, and this month debuts their collaborative project. The brand worked hard to perfectly replicate KR’s bright colors and signature drippy aesthetic, using a silk-screen process that captures all the vibrancy of the original works. There are bags, wallets, portfolios, and luggage tags, all ready to help you stand out in a crowd.
Available at select Coach stores and coach.com
WILD SIDE - EMPORIO ARMANI
Briefcases are meant to be solid. They are meant to be respectable. They are meant to unobtrusively carry your most important documents from one location to the next. But of course we all know they can be so much more. Emporio Armani has been setting the pace of high-end men’s fashion for a long time, so naturally they would come out with an irreverently printed briefcase like this. What’s the pattern? Tortoise shell? Leopard spot? It seems to be a blend of both. Walk into the office with this and you’ll assert your animal magnetism.
SLIPPERY WHEN WET - JEAN PAUL GAUTIER
Jean Paul Gaultier has made his mark as a maestro of cutting edge style, a reputation that has long extended to men’s fragrances. Eighteen years ago, he introduced Le Male, a potent cologne resplendent with overt sensuality. Just in time for spring, Gaultier unleashes a variation on his classic theme with Le Beau Male. Perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, creator of the fragrance, wanted to evoke the theme of “condensation,” and his work does not disappoint. The oriental themes of Le Male are toned down considerably, and in their place arises a cool, erotic mint sensation that sends shivers down the spine.
$85/ 4.2 oz., $64/ 2.5 oz.; available at Macy’s
FAST TIMES - IWC
Swiss watchmaking giant IWC knows a thing or two about precise engineering and the judicious use of technology. This is reflected across their wristwatches, but perhaps nowhere better than their Ingenieur family. For 2013, the line goes even further into magnificence by partnering with Mercedes-Benz. The Ingenieurs will be the official watches of Mercedes’ Formula One team, and their new design reflects the seriousness of this endeavor. The watches are studies in black composites and stormy gray titanium; some are decked out in carbon fiber, while others glint with a rich bronze hue.
FIREPOWER - JEREMY SCOTT BY LINDA FARROW PROJECTS
Jeremy Scott doesn’t care what you think. He’s made a point of this throughout his fashion career. He lets his inner muse speak to him, and the result isn’t always the most popular thing. But the right man with the right style can make his work shine. The latest offering in his long collaboration with Linda Farrow is certainly polarizing: he has replaced the legs of select sunglasses with molded renders of M-16s with an attached grenade launcher, they’ll sparkle on your head and leave a definite impression.
$290 - $553, LindaFarrow.com
SUCKER'S BET - LOUIS VUITTON
The old ways are sometimes the best. As warm weather starts to creep across the land, it’s time to start reaching for appropriate fabrics, and few of them take to the heat like seersucker. Those alternating stripes, that crinkled appearance, isn’t just a style choice; it helps hold the cloth away from the body, encouraging air circulation. Louis Vuitton knows how to update a classic; their new seersucker suit is made from pure silk, and it’s crafted in a subtle beige plaid that will blast away the drab legacy of your grandfather’s old blue-and-white stripes.
Blazer, $3,250, pants, $5,700, dress shirt, $675, silk scarf, $350, LouisVuitton.com, 886-Vuitton
DOUBLE TAKE - OPENING CEREMONY
In these uncertain economic times, stretching your dollar has never been more desirable. Therefore, everyone should appreciate Opening Ceremony’s efforts to give their customer the most bang for their buck with a two-in-one wind jacket. This light layer is stark white with contrasting black buttons on one side, but pulled inside out it reveals a nifty black and gray patchwork design. Use the black and gray side with some dark jeans at a concert, while the white side could be paired with colored trousers for a walk down the beach.
It’s a jacket that give new meaning to the word “versatile!”
$450, available at Opening Ceremony
WALK SOFTLY, WEAR A BIG SHOE - BOTTEGA VENETA
When it comes to high tops, less is rarely more. The whole notion is to put a little swagger in your step, but Bottega Veneta’s new Gainsboro Intrecciato manages to do that without sacrificing sophisticated subtlety. The entire upper of the sneaker is woven carefully into a basket-like pattern echoing the label’s iconic bags, while at the heel, the kiltie trend we’ve seen in women’s shoes and dress shoes migrates to casual sneakers in the form of an exaggerated fringe creating an striking visual effect. Finished in luxurious cream-hued suede, these shoes make a
powerful, if muted, statement.
PRECIOUS STONE - STONE ISLAND
Reflective clothing serves several unique purposes in a man’s wardrobe: It keeps him visible, therefore safe, when jogging at night. Typically, it will keep him dry in the rain. And it catches the light in just the right way to dazzle onlookers. Stone Island’s new Reflex Mat jackets achieve all of these goals with style to spare. The Reflex Mat is a new reflective coating, made by taking thousands and thousands of tiny glass spheres and sticking them into a polyester base. The result is a jacket that sparkles in twilight, particularly when cast in bold hues like red and green.