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Spring Fashion 2014: Seeds of Change

Christina Garofalo

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.

Denim-Style Jacket

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 (pictured throughout).

Statement Shirt

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.

Pastel Colors

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.

Three-Piece Suit

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.

Graphic Sweater

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.

Casual Jacket

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.

Relaxed Suit

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.

Sports Attire

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.

Bermuda Shorts

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.

RESOURCES

Ascot Chang

212.759.3333, www.ascotchang.com

Belvest

212.317.0460, www.belvest.com

Brioni

888.778.8775, www.brioni.com

Brooks Brothers

800.274.1815, www.brooksbrothers.com  

Brunello Cucinelli

212.627.9202, www.brunellocucinelli.com

Cartier

800.227.8437, www.cartier.us 

Dior Homme

800.929.3467, www.diorhomme.com

Ermenegildo Zegna

212.421.4488, www.zegna.com

Giorgio Armani/Emporio Armani

877.361.1176, www.armani.com

Gucci

877.482.2430, www.gucci.com

Hermès

800.441.4488, www.hermes.com

Isaia

212.245.3733, www.isaia.it

Kiton

212.813.0272, www.kiton.it

Louis Vuitton

866.884.8866, www.louisvuitton.com

Missoni

212.517.9339, www.missoni.com

Moorer

646.415.8925, www.moorer.it

Pal Zileri

212.751.8585, www.palzileri.com

Pringle of Scotland

www.pringlescotland.com

Ralph Lauren

888.475.7674, www.ralphlauren.com

Santoni, available at Saks Fifth Avenue,

877.551.7257, www.saksfifthavenue.com 

Stefano Ricci

212.371.3901, www.stefanoricci.com

Tom Ford

212.359.0300, www.tomford.com

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 

The Location

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.