The American-made menswear brand, Ernest Alexander, was part of my official 1st day of shows to start off New York Fashion Week. And I think it started with a bang! This collection was full of variety. There were so many separates to mix and match, really something for every man. The collection contained a lot of tailored pieces, ranging from double-breasted blazers to suiting to outerwear. I thought all of the guys looked modern, but still with a nod to nostalgia. It was a fresh take. Floral prints can be a literal spring trend, but when its done in a more muted tone, as seen here, it allows for other great spring trends to shine through such as the warmth and richness in the tones used. This collection demonstrated pieces that can be mixed and matched to also aide a young man in the transition to day/work attire to nightwear. So what exactly is Ernest Alexander’s collection saying for the Spring of 2014?
The collection calls for men to take muted tones, such as olive or navy blue and combine with bright pops of color, such as pink or orange, or even a party floral. Floral prints for men, hey, why not. If you can make it work then I say go ahead! I certainly was not distracted by any of the male models who were rocking the floral prints! There were other prints, however, if floral prints are not for every man, which included anchors and stripes. As the brand specifically says, “It’s all about mixing up tailored pieces to create a light and effortless style for spring.” So spring 2014 plays with colors, prints and fabrics, all said to be reminiscent of a party setting.
The party setting is just a part of the back story to the inspiration which drives this collection. The inspiration or theme is “an American gone abroad.” Ernest Sabine is a founder and designer for Ernest Alexander. As a youth he grew up in Venice where he experienced joy and fun during the midsummer nights in the beautiful gardens. This collection evokes the essence of those nights, the flickering lanterns, close friends and all the charm and beauty for which Venice sets upon its inhabitants. The collection doesn’t just highlight menswear, but also accessories.
Spring 2014 calls for new bag silhouettes including the Alex Briel, the modern men’s briefcase and the Ludlow Carryall. Ernest knows when men travel they too need a bag that can carry just about anything.
The history of Ernest Alexander is that the brand launched in 2009. It is known for their accessories and men’s tailored clothing. The brand is NYC-based and is sold through their NYC flagship in SoHo and online.
1st look-Navy Cotton suit; green liberty floral print shirt; camouflage watson briefcase; 2nd look-Navy nylon bomber; navy liberty print short sleeve shirt; navy twill chino; charcoal wax canvas weekender bag
Overall, this was a great collection and a great start to my NYFW experience. Everything was reminiscent of those garden parties, even to the scattered green leaflets scattered around the models. Great nostalgic moments and really, an amazing job!
- Styling & Casting: Micah Johnson
- Stylist Assistant: Christian Salazar
- Hair: Prive
- Make-up Team: Hair Room Service
- Make-up: EVOLUTIONMAN
- Shoes: Florsheim Limited
- Watches: Daniel Wellington
- Glasses/Sunglasses: DOM VETRO
- Jewelry: Giles & Brother
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