John Varvatos’ Spring 2014 Menswear Collection channels the seductiveness of 1960s, Rock ‘n Roll musicians with indubitable form. Models paraded on the catwalk cloaked in suede jackets, shiny, oversized blazers, ombré-tinted sleeves, and thin scarves that seemed to flow untamable in the wind, like the quintessential bad-boy spirit of inspiration.
While many of the looks were composed of dressy, trimly tailored blazers and pants that cinched at the waist, accessories played an important role in the collection as they added a touch of elegance to the otherwise disheveled and laissez-faire appearance of the men on tour: black, silk bowties spruced up a button-down shirt, aviator shades imbued an appropriate amount of mystery to a shiny and rumpled, three-button blazer, and a red handkerchief slyly caught the eye in a gray and red ensemble.
The outfits were color-blocked in combinations of black and white, black and brown, and red and white to emphasize sharp lines and deliver a powerful impact. This prominent design detail is a nod to today’s fashion trends and helps to freshen up the vintage motif. “I was looking at Bryan Ferry, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix: rockers whose influence reaches beyond music, defining an individual take on the art of dressing up,” says Varvatos. “Using these inspirations, I created a contemporary, non-nostalgic mix that is tactile and precious, in a non-precious kind of way. Sartorial savoir-faire turns into the expression of a Rock ‘n Roll take on stylish matters.”