In Façonnable Women Womens Cruise 2014

Her Charted Course: Façonnable Women's Cruise Collection 2014

How do you take frivolity and make it into rigidity?  Not that frivolity is always a bad thing but it does have the tendency to be 'trendy' and 'of the moment'.  Not that that's a bad thing either.  We are all drawn to trends in some small or large capacities, however I feel it's always a stronger and more lasting impact when the presentation of said trends come at you in a desirably solid fashion (no pun intended).

I've always said that the approach to menswear is more solid than womenswear.  The tailoring, handwork and attention to shaping mathematic is only often seen is higher fashioned womenswear such as black labels and couture.  The classically adopted slow-evolving shapes of menswear allow it to have a timeless air.  For this reason, whenever I see a womenswear collection that takes cues from the learned distinguished insight of menswear, I'm intrigued.  When I see that same collection also appeal to the desires and fascinations of women, I'm intrigued with a smile.  

The Façonnable Women's 2014 Cruise Collection made me smile.  It not only made sense in a simple way but I could also see the appeal it will have to different women.  The frivolity was evident, but no less desirous, and rolled in with the island sea floor color palette.  The perfectly sweet deep corals, tropical oranges, Caribbean teals, lemony yellows and oceanic blues all offered in easy to integrate stripes and sun-kissed vibrancy.  The rigidity takes form in the crisp shapes and tailoring that just look right either dressed up or down.  

The focal point for the striped trousers was a mariner-like drawstring waist that looked fresh when paired with crisp shirtings and easy color-blocked knits.  Outerwear was pristine and exciting with a leather-trimmed hooded bomber jacket, a coolly executed off-white shrunken balmacaan style jacket and a refreshing orange and deep orange trenchcoat.  The striping on a navy short suit's waistband and on the backs of easy-fitting blazers were a nice 'look-twice' surprise to the ordinary tailoring route.  The simple blocking on the dresses were clean enough to handle a bevy of accessories and textures like leather and other exotics.

The accessories like sweet straw fedoras, coordinating short printed scarves and candy dot belts were pieces that could be integrated for season with other pieces which gave their interchangeability a timeless feel.  It's seems fitting that the collection was inspired by Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" for like the book this was a colorful voyage with a classic feeling endurance.

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In Faconnable Men's Cruise 2014

Versatile Voyage: Façonnable Mens Cruise Collection 2014

Having a diversified can be a two-fold story.  On the one hand diversity can mean that nothing is often too much of the same.  However, on the other hand is a pressing issue that is often ignored but can be just as frustrating as a slew of off duty taxi lights when you're trying to get to enjoy your diversified life on-time.  That issue is, how does one dress for his diversified day?  Frivolous?  Hardly!  It's enough trying to remember that blonde in the corner's name or where you know that impeccably dressed fella with the perfect comb-over from without worrying if you'll walk in dressed to dance the jig while everyone else is dressed to waltz.  

It's advantageous being appropriately dressed for whatever port you're sailing into even if your day calls for several ports of call.  For this reason, I love seeing collections that afford men the option to dress up or down with a clever mash of the toned-down pristine and the dressed-up refined.  Enter the Façonnable Mens Cruise Collection for 2014.

Speaking of pulling into ports, the designers for the collection were inspired by the nautical revelry around Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea".  The classic navies, nautical stripes and textured sea-fearing knits all had the fine French treatment of accessible luxury in the hands of Façonnable.  What's important to consider here is that when a label succeeds in effective merchandising it can offer any kind of inspired theme for color, print or silhouette while remaining rooted in pieces that offer men transitional options with well-made execution.  That's what Façonnable offers and did not change it's course of navigation with this latest cruise collection.  

Think luxury meets rustic all under an umbrella of wearability.  Anchored in modern tailoring, this collection told a story of blazers with refined tech details like convertible lapels and tabbed closures and reversible outerwear with nylon on one side and canvas on the other.  There was a strong outerwear message with a clean update on the safari jacket, a supple leather knit trimmed bomber and nautical sporty toppers shown optioned in non-sporty ways.  The textured cable knit cardis and a mock neck pullover with the interesting detail of side lacing balanced nicely to add dimension to the inky navies, balmy olives and subtle lilacs.  The layering message was also strong with printed scarves tucked in at shirt, sweater and jacket necks.  With clean and crisp footwear that looks great with everything from the lean suits to jeans to khakis, Façonnable is determined to have its men looking starboard ready when Cruise season 2014 pulls in to port.

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