Ernest Alexander Men — Get Ready, It’s the Big Race Day!

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There are many great menswear posts coming up on Fashion Nexus! This is all thanks to Agentry PR & Cadillac who put together 7 menswear presentations for the Fall/Winter 2014 season, aka New York Menswear Day/NYMD. First up, the classic & tailored menswear brand Ernest Alexander!! Since Cadillac was the presenting sponsor of this event, they partnered up with 3 designers, Ernest Alexander as one, to wrap with a custom print a 2014 Cadillac ELR. This is pictured above, snow & all, since precipitation was the fashion accessory for NYFW 2014!

Ernest Alexander is certainly known for classic designs & creations. Their collections often encompass tailored suits coupled with complimentary separates, including accessories, such as flight or canvas bags. Well this Fall 2014 collection is no different thanks to the brand’s designer & founder, Ernest Sabine.

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The collection draws inspiration from board track racing, which is an early motorcycle sport devoted to speed & danger! The individual looks are reflections of a time when racers would incorporate heavy wools & leathers into their race day outfits. Racers were always impeccably dressed, woven shirts worn under sweaters & then paired with classic chinos. This collection takes elements from this traditional uniform and gives it a modern or updated take.

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There are a lot of bold & statement-making pieces in this collection, such as the outerwear. There is the lambskin leather racing jackets, shearling collared flight jacket, & a shawl collar wool coat. Another great aspect to this collection, which is always front & center for the brand, is VERSATILITY. There are a lot of medium to heavy weight wools, which are used in the blazers & trousers to help create mix & match separates. The wool trousers can also be paired with the many classic woven shirts & wool vests.

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The color palette & textiles for this collection are outerwear pieces that offer a combo of soft olives & greys, which are then complemented with rich brown, black, & olive leathers. On top of masculine & dark colors, we also see pops of blue, houndstooth, plaid, and wool. The collection would not be complete without a few signature updated travel bags & accessories, which are constructed from leather & wax cotton (to create a glistening sheen). Updated features include new front pockets & the glossy finishes.

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I love attending menswear presentations, just as much as the ones for womenswear; and no, it’s not just because of the male models! But I really enjoy seeing the highly talented craft & skill that goes into these pieces, the thoughts behind it; there is always a great story and Ernest Alexander knows how to tell one thru their presentations! Here are just a few of my fave looks from the collection with their descriptions:

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Black leather racing bomber jacket & olive canvas moto pants

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Black leather moto jacket, Slate houndstooth wool blazer & trousers, blue-striped collared shirt, & 5-panel cap

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Grey wool blend blazer, black canvas moto pant, mustard gingham shirt, & 5-panel cap

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Navy wax cotton field jacket, navy canvas moto pant, & blue striped shirt

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Olive leather moto jacket, blue wool jumper/sweater, taupe striped shirt, grey wool blend trousers, & olive canvas overnight bag

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Grey wool work blazer & trousers, taupe striped collared shirt, plain wool-blend necktie & navy leather flight bag,

SHOUT-OUTS

It was great attending the 2014 Ernest Alexander collection, just as much fun from attending & writing about the 2013 Spring collection — make sure to check that piece out as well!!

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