Moncler F/W13 | Showroom N.Y.C.
Our third day in the Big Apple and we are off to see three of our favourite collections, Moncler, Band of Outsiders and Berena Venezia. We start off at Moncler in their stunning ski chalet inspired showroom to see not only their mainline, but also to preview their latest c0llaboration, Moncler W, done in conjunction with Japanese design house White Mountaineering. Famous for their use of fairisle and other nordic prints, White Mountaineering have built a cult following by combining these classic patterns with state of the art materials and construction to produce outerwear that is as unique as it is functional.
Moncler F/W13 | Buffalo Check Jacket
Both collections were impressive, with the mainline focusing on updated classics such as down filled blazers done in a luxurious wool cashmere blend and rugged parkas like this standout in army green and red buffalo check while Moncler W showcased their deft ability to combine fabrics and patterns by producing vests with a fisherman knit outer shell with a polyfill nylon lining and fairisle knit and Gortex parkas with removable vest liners filled with down.
Moncler F/W13 | Who wants to go skiing?
Next on the agenda was Band of Outsiders, Scott Sternberg's always interesting and entertaining take on all things preppy. Inspired by his own take on urban utopia, the aim this season was to produce looks that were fresh and novel but not weird or difficult to wear.
Band of Outsiders F/W13 | Showroom N.Y.C.
Consider it mission accomplished as pieces such as this baby blue oxford shirt overlayed with a colourful map of the world, black cotton chinos with a subtle "fly" pattern and a burgundy cord jacket with gold buttons all have distinctive detailing that up the desirability quotient while taking nothing away from their wearability.
Band of Outsiders F/W13 | Subway Button Down Shirt
Band of Outsiders F/W13 | Cord Blazer
Band of Outsiders F/W 13 | Fly Chinos
The day ended with a visit to Barena Venezia, a line whose passion is derived from the reinterpretation of classic clothing worn by the farmers, hunters and fisherman who lived and worked in and around the islands and lagoons surrounding Venice. The focus for Fall 2013 seems to be outerwear as for the first time, Barena are showing overcoats in both single and double breasted varieties as well as a standout peacoat in soft burgundy. Like their blazers, the cut is classic and fitted but uniquely unstructured so that these pieces are as comfortable to wear as your favourite cardigan. The collection was nicely rounded off with a selection of regular and band collar cotton shirting and chunky rustic knits.