After a frosty winter of goose down and heavy knits being the cornerstone of my wardrobe, the thought of shedding these cumbersome layers appeared more than idyllic.
Spring fashion has always put a literal spring in my step as it lends itself to lightweight layering and handsome silhouettes. Like most gents on the go, my lifestyle blends a healthy mix of work and play, a consistent theme seen in many spring 2016 collections. With little time to change throughout the day, my wardrobe must be equal parts fashion and function.
Tickled with my expansive closet space after some necessary spring cleaning (goodbye ill-fitting skinny jeans and impulse buys!) I ventured over to Holt Renfrew Men to capitalize on my newfound real estate. Holding court in the heart of Toronto’s Bloor-Yorkville neighborhood, Holt Renfrew Men is a two-story oasis for the urban gentleman.
A carefully curated collection of designers awaits shoppers with labels ranging from Alexander McQueen to Dries van Noten, featuring a space chock-full of athleisure inspired menswear and monochromatic palettes. Both sharp and rebellious, this season’s style is sure to redefine our closets.
The athleisure trend has gained momentum, redefining the conversation of contemporary menswear. It’s understated yet confident aesthetic appeals cross border, transitioning it off the field into everyday life. With designers refining athletic wear using luxury fabrics and detailing, gents are able to shift these pieces throughout their day without looking out of place.
The reimagined baseball cap completes any athleisure look with a sporty yet sophisticated sensibility. Labels like Prada use graphic prints and sumptuous materials making this accessory as necessary as your Rolex. Though gents take note, leave your backwards ball caps for the playground. The refined urbanite always wears his brim face forward.
Bomber Jacket ($1345.00) by Dries van Noten, Pant ($695.00) by Neil Barrett, Baseball Cap ($290.00) By Prada.
The jogger pant is a standout this season as collections saw it reinterpreted with an elevated sophistication using fabrics not uncommon to bespoke tailoring. Designers such as Paul Smith and Neil Barrett use lightweight blends of wool and technical fabrics to transition these pants from weekend to workday. Blokes who worry about the diversity of the designer jogger in their wardrobe need not worry as Holt Renfrew’s On Set Stylist Chad Burton points out, “designer joggers with expensive details will make dressing up this look much simpler.”
Cotton Sweater ($265.00) by Paul Smith, Wool Trouser ($520.00) by Paul Smith
BLACK & WHITE
While designers often welcome bold colour and print into their spring collections, this season saw designers experiment with a subdued palette, allowing black and white to take focus. Stylist Chad Burton agrees, “It’s not necessarily about the colours, more in how you wear them. Especially with grey or other neutrals, it’s about playing with texture and material.”
Wool Sweater ($1,095) by Alexander McQueen, Lennox Fit Jean ($265.00) by PAIGE