John Varvatos Spring 2014 Menswear Collection

Posted on June 26, 2013

John Varvatos Spring 2014 Menswear Collection. You can watch the show here.

 

A return to elegance. This is how John Varvatos sums the spirit of his spring/summer 2014 collection. “Modern men want to dress up again. Still, they do not want to feel stiff,” says the designer. “I imagined a nonchalantly dressy wardrobe for today’s men, mixing day and night, refinement with an edge and sophisticated ease. While working on this collection, I was editing images for John Varvatos: Rock in Fashion, my book that is being published in October. Rock ‘n Roll sartoriality has always been central to my work. This collection allowed me to strengthen my roots while looking forward. The image is sleek. Longer jackets with defined waists draw a tall figure that has a regal yet cool presence. 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. 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.”

The collection is dressy, stressing texture and craft. Intricate tailoring, unexpected details and a pervading finesse get an air of sophisticated ease through tactile finishes, ombrè dyeing, and permanent crinkle treatments that give clothes a lived-in yet crisp patina. The silhouette is tall and sleek, with an emphasis on the waist and a trim shoulder. Slim trousers or flares, either with a wide cuff or not, finish it off with a certain swagger. Three-button jackets express an old-school refinement that is composed and progressive. They are worn with jacquard vests, shirts, ties or bowties. Elements of the formal wardrobe, from wing collars and French cuffs on shirts to three-piece suits, are interpreted in new, personal mixes. Washed satin lapels on textured suits create an idea of a daytime tuxedo. Inside-out construction and mixes of different fabrics give tailored pieces a visual/tactile feel that is subtle. Coats with deconstructed interventions at the waist and Hendrix-inspired frocks draw an assertively elegant figure. Eye and touch are constantly stimulated: brushed silver leather, hand beading on pockets and under collars, suede with a flannel finish, spring tweeds done in worsted wool. Knits enrich the play of textures with coated weaves and reinterpreted classic patterns. Foil-backed leather blousons and jackets look intensely lived-in while being proper.

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: johnvarvatos.com]

    • Frank_821

      Nice enough but this is suppose to be spring? all that black and grey? The clothes are stylish with a rocker edge but too much of this only work for skinny twinks and hipsters

    • robsforman

      Needs color

    • hughman

      Sargent Preppy’s Lonely, Starts A Band

      • StellaZafella

        I was gonna say: EmoPreppyBankerChic…but I like yours better!

        If I were 40 years younger and could do this in heels…

      • anotherkate

        Gah, you beat me to it!

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      It is the first hundred degree day here in Tejas, and I want almost all of these coats. If I ever lose enough weight to fit back into my massive coat collection, I’m moving to Alaska.

      • formerlyAnon

        I salute your optimism. I gave away the lowest-weight end of my jacket collection long ago.

        There were some beauties.

    • Kristie Cochran

      Johhny Depp, take note!

      • kolokOlchik

        Yes, the first person I thought of was Johnny Depp! The second were k.d.lang and Ellen

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      Oh, I like this. I can envision several of today’s celebrity men in these. And while I get it makes me a lazy viewer, I appreciate that I don’t have to ignore a bunch of runway story telling to really see the pieces.

    • MilaXX

      Not a fan of black and red color combos’s but everything here is workable and much less wacky than a few of the menswear collections we’ve been seeing.

    • Sara__B

      I’ll take the model in the second to the last set of pictures, far right, please. (But he has to promise NOT to wear sunglasses or a v-neck knit top like he did in the earlier picture.)

    • PostsYouCanDanceTo

      LOVE.

      Color can kiss my ass. I don’t care what season it is.

    • Annarosa

      well, much better than D&G. Still, I don’t like the shirt dropping out.
      anyway, waiting for someone who really knows how to dress a man (E. Zegna?)

    • eandh99

      second row, far right, it’s Gawain from Merlin, nice to see him getting work

      • write_light

        Dear Lord it IS! And the only one I want. Eoin Macken <3

    • crash1212

      Me likey.

    • quiltrx

      I love it! It has a nice ‘rock’ edge without being too OTT for non-rocker types. And not a lot of guys will wear bright colors, but pretty much every guy will wear black and grey, you know?
      I think my favorite look is 4th-from-bottom on the left. The jacket is terrific and he looks really put-together.

    • JauntyJohn

      On tonight’s episode of “Goth Prep:”
      Raven tells Stone and Martha he’s been spiking Nolo’s mouthwash with Absinthe.
      Ivy learns Tristan’s secret.

    • alyce1213

      Love. LOVE.

    • conniemd

      Spring? Spring? Seriously. I couldn’t get past all the black and dark grey to even give it a serious look. I wanted to see light, airy, cool, soft colors. Ugh, ugh.

    • MzzPants

      Maybe it doesn’t look very ‘spring’, but it is dark and hip, which is how I like my men dressed.

    • marcoUpstate

      Nice enough, like all JV clothes. But I’m not sure what type of body he designs for. I’ve never met anyone who calls JV clothes comfortable or well fitting.

      • In_Stitches

        His diffusion line fits me perfectly; the suits fit better off the rack than many that I’ve had tailored. I hope this silhouette doesn’t trickle down though. As a man with substantial hips and rear, those long jackets just aren’t a possibility.

    • PastryGoddess

      Chins, cheekbones, and hair

      Oh and the clothes are fabulous, but you knew that already

    • barbarienne

      Why hello, hottie long-haired, tall-dark-and-handsome guy in the second-to-last row, extreme right! (Fecking Christ, I have such a type preference.)

      It’s funny. OT1H, I love the slightly dandified, dressier look that young men are taking up. OTOH, I’m extremely happy that guys my age (40s) aren’t adopting it. These really are looks for the young. I still prefer a slightly older fellow in a T-shirt and jeans, looking just a bit dirty and sweaty.

      • ankali

        Yes, please.

        • ailujailuj

          I’ll take 2. not being greedy – just prepared.

          • barbarienne

            We all need extras, right? Just in case we break the first one.

        • ankali

          To clarify: I’m ordering the slightly older, sweaty, dirty, be-jeaned-and-T-shirted guy, and I’d like a sprinkling of Michael Cudlitz on top. Fine, charge me extra.

          17-year-old me would like a side of long-haired tall, dark, & handsome guy, though.

      • formerlyAnon

        For me it’s not the youth. It’s the near-bony leanness it takes to pull off so many layers.

        • barbarienne

          Hmm, I am starting to agree with you. Imagine David Bowie in this.

    • WendyD

      Put all of it on Tom Hiddleston and/or SWINTON immediately.

    • Imasewsure

      I’m thinking that a lot of this should be shipped directly to John Legand’s closet… Send the Faux Beatles crap directly to Loehman’s though … I’m seeing 60% off at best!!

    • Kate4queen

      It’s interesting how the male models are getting as young and thin as their female counterparts.-or maybe I’m just getting old? LOL I do love all the cuts on the jackets. :)

      • demidaemon

        Different designers have different types. Obviously, Mr Varvatos prefers the twinks. However, the other designers spotlighted this week seem more inclined towards a buffer man.

    • Michael_Jones

      I love these, but I’m so not thin enough to wear any of them…

    • demidaemon

      Most of this is pretty wearable, but the hair on some of these models is kind of tragic.

    • Sushy Gooroo

      80′s inspired and mostly super chic. Love the uniform like jackets. But the models look like they’ve had meth for breakfast.

    • ankali

      Underdesigned, but very well styled. Also, buy John Varvatos’s book, y’all! It’s being published in October, don’t you know.

    • ailujailuj

      Victor Van Dort meets Sgt. Pepper meets Micky Dolenz…meet’s jesus’s cousin. I’m game.

    • jjfg

      The styling of the men is most unfortunate.

      That aside, I think I’m having a flashback to a combination of the 60′s and 80′s.

    • formerlyAnon

      YES! Love.
      Sucker for jackets, of course so no surprise. I hope those trousers will be sized up a little for regular guys, otherwise they are going to look a lot different (e.g. too tight) off the runway.

      Oh yum, yum

    • Therese Bohn

      A little dandy, a little Sgt. Pepper, but without color! (Save the one red) Nice to see young men dress up, just wish they didn’t look so sad!

    • Beardslee

      The description of the collection is hilariously badly written – but the clothes are lovely. My mother’s heart is stirred by the sight of all those hollow cheeked, underfed boys.

      I think my favorite passage is ” I created a contemporary, non-nostalgic mix that is tactile and precious, in a non-precious kind of way.”

      • formerlyAnon

        It’s not my mother’s heart that’s stirred by those underfed boys . . .

    • Karen Dickerson

      My first thought looking at these was, ‘CHEEKBONES. BITCHFACE.’

      • Carol

        Mmmm, cheekbones…

    • Dan_In_NYC

      I want the jacket 4th row center. The rest, it’s fine but not for me.

    • Patrick Cleary

      These are all fantastic. I want one of everything.

    • JP

      I like these. I can see real men wearing some of these pieces.

    • Carrieanno

      Covering up in long sleeved layers in a preponderance of dark colors. What every man should want for spring/summer.

    • Danielle L

      Second row, middle picture. THAT COAT.

    • majorbedhead

      Oh, this is bringing out the Irene Adler I never knew I had hidden in me: “Look at those cheekbones. I could cut myself slapping that face. Would you like me to try?”

      I love most of this collection, but man, the hair. Bedhead, indeed.

      • shawna

        Ah a fellow Sherlock fan. Nice to see you :)

    • shawna

      Omg I could cut myself on these cheekbones. Damn.

    • http://dentsdelait.tumblr.com/ Nancy Marion

      ADAM ANT REALNESS! Mmmm, dandy highwaymen.

      • ItsDicey

        I’m up for that!

    • anotherkate

      Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Vampire Band?

      • pattie capet

        ha!

    • William High

      There are a whole lot of shiny jackets for male celebs to look terrible in, so I approve on snark value alone.

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      it’s hard to look at the clothes when the men are so intriguing. too bad there’s no color. with color it could give shades of the who, late sixties.

    • MannahattaMamma

      I have never seen so many Strong Jaw Lines in one place ever. it’s like they all had jawectomies, or jawgmentation surgery or something. jeepers

    • http://www.argonauticos.blogspot.com/ jason

      Wow…how’d they find that many models with bad hair?

      The clothes are nice, but, sheesh a lot of black and gray.

    • BayTampaBay

      I love all this stuff. It reminds me of Keith Richards and Mick Jagger.

      I could still this stuff out of a boyfriends closet and wear myself.

    • Mlzx

      You reach a point where the jaw lines and Edward Cullen hair just become serious distractions.

    • VicD

      What the well dressed young Edward Cullen is wearing…

    • Beto

      Kinda victorian-esque inspired I might add. Why all the black and gray for a spring collection? I love the rock-n-roll vibe edge. Some of the jackets are huge. Don’t, please. Decent collection. I can wear that even if I’m 42.