Let the Battles Begin!: Shipley & Halmos (Words by Kellene McCaffrey)
What if modernism and classicism started a war? What would that look like? Well… something along the lines of what Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos (of, ahem, Shipley & Halmos) have designed for their Spring 2011 collection. The contemporary menswear line titled, “A Classic vs. Modern Parody,” showcases their models in an opposite view of Glory Daze (a varsity jacket or collegiate red sweater with shorts and a frown). Do you see the parody yet?
Overall the collection is minimalist while keeping it fresh with hints of vibrant colors or bold graphic prints under suit jackets. The outfits are simple, appealing to today’s man who wants to be fashionable without having to try at all. A Greek-inspired red pillar-printed knit with flat-front khakis, a fitted grey suit with a coral slub tee underneath or all the essentials paired together in one (a perfect weekend outfit): classic trench with jeans and a tee.
While nothing in this collection screams sand dunes and clear water, this style is fitted for the quintessential city man. Aha! Another parody, these Cali college grads stem from Newport Beach, where they help found Trovata, a disheveled yet preppy line, in 2002. They ventured to New York in 2007 breaking away from the label to start their own, as we see parallels in both. Shipley & Halmos fits closer to the body with more fundamental elements… or classics.
This is clearly emphasized in their Fall 2010 line. Where most outfits are mainly monochromatic, their use of texture and layers keeps it cool and undefined. Have you ever worn a leather vest under a tailored suit jacket? Probably not, but you definitely should. All of the finest with a few tweaks and twists.
Even though you could take the clothes right off the models and wear them around town, their clothes are really about taking the separates and making them your own. And that’s kind of what they want: “I get excited each time I spot someone on the street wearing one of our pieces. I always like seeing how guys’ style it to make it feel like themselves,” say Jeff (Source: AskMen)
And while there is no clear winner of the modern vs. classic battle of the best, the mash of Napoleon on this horse with a smiley face “stickered” on is a preview of what could/would happen. Now that’s funny.
Shipley & Halmos Collections (Commentary by Justin Bridges)
Depending on which end of the style arc you belong, Shipley & Halmos may or may not be on your radar. While they are an exquisite household name in the menswear arena, their designs can’t be worn by just any man. Wait, I have a caveat, they can’t be worn by just any man without a degree of confidence and wherewithall in their style profile.
There are so many pieces to talk about and discuss, but I like to give a more general feel when I discuss designer collections because it truly should be a conversation about the message. The fall collection has a definite cohesion, I try to picture it as the evolution of manly functionality. As you scan through the pieces you see looks that will get you from a chic workwear rugged situation, all the way to the tailored suit you need for tonight’s cocktail. It’s pretty cool how they were able to tie in varying degrees of masculinity, which makes it a more approachable collection for all the different types of men. I love all the suiting options, but the standouts to me are the sort of waffle knit exploding turtleneck sweater, the classic trench coat, and parka. I probably don’t have the body for the sweater, but it never hurts to dream! A quick note on styling, I love the cropping of all the pants. Men please take notice, this is a great area for your pants cuff to break. However, if you have a big butt, allow them to break lower because your pants will sit higher up on your waist. Moving on…
The Spring/Summer 2011 collection is just plain exciting. There is a piece on every look that I can picture someone I know in. How very inviting and fun. The collection has this subtle explosion of a neutral palette. The story actually speaks louder with respects to the patterns and details, and that’s where the pop occurs. The spring collection makes me want to step out of my own comfort zone. For instance, the floral print button down styled with an “air tie.” Now that is a really cool and handsome look! The trenches and the stripes - just plain cool stuff. I’m enjoying the cardigan as well. It is simple but yet bold at the tips with a sort of triple stripe along the borders and the pockets. Anyone can hop into that cardigan and look cool, whether they dress it up with a button down or tie, maybe a polo…or they can keep it plain and simple as pictured. That green military-esque jacket, makes me want to borrow a quote from Rachel Zoe? It is stunning, and the fit looks magnificent. Overall, this collection makes me want to dress down a suit. Can you say “Rebel without a Cause?”
Not to ramble on, but I was incredibly excited to sound off on this blog post. I can only imagine what exciting designs will be debuted at fashion week next month for their Fall/Winter 2011 collection. I’m hoping to see tons of textures and maybe a twist to what the traditional workwear movement means. It would be cool to see some cool twist to chambray, or their spin on shrunken plaid. I don’t know I have tons of ideas in my head, so I guess I’ll have to sit tight for a few more weeks! Either way, make sure you keep an eye on these guys. I think they have some work that could really step up or change the perspective of your current wardrobe. And for those of you that are already big fans, job well done!
Fall/Winter 2010 Collection
Spring/Summer 2011 Collection
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Editorial by Kellene McCaffrey | Collection Commentary by Justin Bridges
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