There’s a lot to be said for accessorising with confidence and any budding La Corde man for SS15 will be needing it in abundance. Bright, playful and daringly elegant, the collection’s ’Travelling Poet’ title perfectly embodies the fresh diversity that could be found within the tailored lines.
Citing Santorini as inspiration, colours ranged from the deep turquoise of Aegean seas to the dark plum of a summer’s night sky, with the picturesque blanched white of the island’s buildings accenting throughout. Orient influences could also be felt; fitting for the first Chinese men’s designer to debut a commercial collection in London. Pairing Sumo inspired skirts with a distinctive sporting vibe, the collection offers a sharp, gentlemanly look that easily segues from day to night.
Layers were big. Think anorak over suit jacket, t-shirt over shirt, shorts over trousers. With contrasting textures and prints – everything from cricketing stripes and geometric blocking to brocade and floral embroidery – it created an eclectic vision akin to the souks of the Middle East.
Standout pieces included the plethora of outerwear suited to the wardrobe of a roaming nomad. An oversized electric blue waterproof was a personal favourite, with the bomber shapes in printed silk and contrasting colours a close second. Only men with peacock tendencies need apply.
Written by Emma Bailey. Images © La Corde D’or.