Spring Fashion 2014: Seeds of Change
Every wardrobe needs a spring awakening, and this season brings an abundance of ways to refresh one’s attire. From graphic, patterned sweaters to shapely tailored suits, leading designers welcome the warmer weather with a wide array of standout styles that are at once classic and comfortable.
This versatile piece can be worn over a shirt and slacks to the office or more casually over jeans and a T-shirt. Louis Vuitton suede jacket, $5,180, and suede polo, price upon request; Belvest silk pants, $1,395; Hermès Cape Cod Quantième steel-and-alligator watch, $5,350; Cartier 18-karat-white-gold bracelet, $6,800.
This essential delivers a splash of color. Isaia washed-suede shirt, $2,495; Louis Vuitton jersey shorts, $680; Hermès towel, $425, and Arceau Chrono steel-and-leather watch, $6,500; Dior Homme sterling-silver necklace, $780.
The “Broken Suit”
The designer Stefano Pilati—who was given free rein to reimagine Ermengildo Zegna’s Couture collection for spring—coined this term for a suit made with subtly different fabrics for the trousers and jacket. Ermenegildo Zegna Couture wool-and-mohair jacquard jacket with slim lapels and button-free cuffs, $6,995, extra-fine wool shirt, $750, and cotton scarf, $495; Hermès Arceau Le Temps Suspendu steel-and-alligator watch, $19,400.
Pale, seasonal color instantly renews any wardrobe. Giorgio Armani pink cotton-and-linen suit, $2,075; Ascot Chang cotton voile shirt, $240; Brunello Cucinelli cotton-and-silk pocket square, $165; Hermès Arceau watch in steel, copper, and alligator, $4,350.
Worn with or without the jacket, this classic is back in form-fitting new renditions. Ralph Lauren Purple Label wool suit, $4,495, vest (sold separately), $595, cotton shirt, $495, and silk tie, $215; Hermès Arceau Chrono steel-and-leather watch, $6,500.
Printed Polo Shirt
This is the simplest way to introduce color and pattern to a casual ensemble. Louis Vuitton jacquard polo, $625, and cotton bandana, $345 (sold as a set of two); Brioni cotton pants, $700; Santoni sneakers, $384; Hermès Cape Cod Quantième steel-and-alligator watch, $5,350.
Bold knitwear—the perfect weekend choice—adds a sense of style to any outfit. Pringle of Scotland silk-and-cotton sweater, $550; Pal Zileri cotton pants, $248; Hermès Arceau Chrono steel-and-leather watch, $6,500.
Unlined Sport Coat
Perhaps the most versatile piece of the season, this spring standard not only is travel ready but also comes in wrinkle-resistant fabrics and softly structured silhouettes. Hermès linen-and-cotton jacket, $2,500, cotton mesh shirt, $790, cotton-and-linen pants, $820, and leather moccasins, $700; Stefano Ricci vegetal-fiber-palm Panama hat, price upon request.
This type of outerwear is the ideal lightweight topper for the season. Moorer blue nylon jacket, $1,050; Missoni cotton shirt, $490; Brunello Cucinelli linen pants, $565; Hermès leather belt, $640, and Arceau Le Temps Suspendu steel-and-alligator watch, $19,400; Dior Homme sterling-silver necklace, $780.
Exceptional tailoring does not come at the cost of comfort when a suit is made in a stretch fabric. Gucci twill jersey jacket, $2,250, and pants, $585; Dior Homme cotton shirt, $730; Brunello Cucinelli cotton-and-silk pocket square, $165; Pal Zileri leather shoes, $498; Hermès Arceau Le Temps Suspendu steel-and-alligator watch, $19,400.
At last, baggy athletic clothes have been tossed aside in favor of apparel suitable for a session on the court or a stroll on the beach. Kiton silk print jacket, $4,305, and silk swim trunks, $1,232; Hermès Arceau Le Temps Suspendu steel-and-alligator watch, $19,400; Dior Homme sterling-silver necklace, $780.
A sleek, slim cut lends polish to weekend wear. Pringle of Scotland cotton shorts, $995; Brioni cashmere-and-silk sweater, $1,200; Emporio Armani leather sneakers, $495; Hermès Cape Cod Quantième steel-and-alligator watch, $5,350.
Giorgio Armani/Emporio Armani
Pringle of Scotland
Santoni, available at Saks Fifth Avenue,
model: Philipp Schmidt, DNA Models
photographer’s assistant: Nicholas T. Gascoine
digital technician: Maxwell Mason
stylist’s assistant: Mark George
groomer: Leslie Aviles
captions: Christina Garofalo
Our final spring essential is a great getaway, which we found at Puerto Rico’s Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve (www.ritzcarlton.com). Originally developed by Laurance Rockefeller, the resort was recently rebuilt and includes amenities such as a 5-acre spa to complement the natural splendor of its golden beaches and lush landscape.