Monday, February 28, 2011


Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Lincoln Center

Words/Images Judith Ecochard

No surprises here---a packed presentation full of well made, separates--- with all-American polish ...

---on clean cut guys with the confident ease being the coolest dudes in the room.

The assorted models, posed on docks---were clearly the best dressed...

The Run-Of-Show stated the inspiration:

"...the Maritime Heritage of the Sleeping Bear Dunes region of Lake Michigan, part of America's Great Lakes region. From the deep blue waters that wash up against high, neutral sand dunes, to the pops of safety orange that honor our Coast Guard."

Staged in color groups we began at the back....the navy/black/charcoal section.

On right-Grey Wool Tweed Coat/Safety Orange Canvas Button Up Jacket/Grey Wool Dress Pant -Layered looks with some bright colors for pulled together ensemble

Black Waxed Cotton Utility Jacket/over Charcoal Wool Two Button Suit, Black Performance Tee---our top pick

Really, what's not to like...functional fashion at a slim youthful version of what we call an American cut---
Camel Wool Toggle Coat/Grey Wool Dress Pant

Light Brown Corduroy Sportcoat/Navy Denim Pant

---not the skinny hipster Euro profile that dominate some men's collections but fit no one well over a certain age ---thirty or so.


Wearable blazers, wool suits, puffers in that bright "Safety Orange" and Navy, cotton turtlenecks, wool dress pants...

Sail White/Navy Cotton Striped Turtleneck with Snap Closures, Grey Cotton Cargo Pant

...casual parkas, wool peacoats and hooded toggle coats, thick cotton sweaters...any and all classically inspired pieces--- welcome easy additions to any wardrobe. 

Grey/White Cotton Rugby

Probably why Nautica is really sold all over the world. It fits in everywhere,

The first grouping---in refreshing "Sail White"---in handsome combos of nautical stripes on crew necks, ...and in cotton cargo pants, corduroy pants ...

Up close the details---pockets, triple stitched seams, solid zip hardwares...elevate the brand above the usual mass market assortments.
Sail White Cotton Jacket with Signal Flag Jacket/Sail White Cotton Cargo Pant

Nautica accessories too---beanies, hats, shoes...