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Joseph Abboud A/W 2016 – As the first show of New York Fashion Week Mens to walk down the runway at Skyline Clarkson Square, the expectation was high for Joseph Abboud. Fortunately the beautifully crafted looks did not disappoint. Abboud proudly presented the American Saville Row collection.
Photo by Barnette R. Holston, Jr.[/caption]
The Joseph Abboud A/W 2016 collection was inspired by the 1960’s Saville Row and the peacock revolution that took America by storm. Every piece of the 59 looks that strolled down the runway was made in the USA at the Joseph Abboud Manufacturing Corp. in New Bedford, MA as were all of the accessories which included bags by Rawlings, hats by CFDA member Albertus Swanepoel, ties by Barbara Blank, watches by Kobold, shearling outerwear by Aston Leathers, and footwear by Allen Edmonds.
As the models came down the runway, you could notice the finely tailored look of the suiting. The silhouette included bold shoulders, tapered waist with a slight flair to the jackets. All of these features were part of the Abboud’s new signature Trace fit. Pants were trim but not the modern slim fit that seems to be more popular with the European designers. In addition, layering was heavily featured and much of the suiting included vests.
Upon closer inspection of the looks, what really popped about the collection were the details in the looks. Vintage buttons, pierced labels, upturned cuffs help to set these clothes apart from that of your everyday suiting. Beautiful patterned fabrics, elongated elbow patches and elaborate button details signaled that the peacock generation is not dead and there will be some dapper gentlemen come fall of 2016.
The rich color shades of grey, chocolate, rust, olive, stormy blue, and ebony made of the collection in luxurious fabrics including cashmere, Harris tweed and washed velvets. While I was a fan of the entire runway show, my favorites included the port/tawny wool cheviot tweed stripe crested three piece suit shown with a russet cashmere turtleneck, the bronze olive shearling coat over an antique bronze wool paisley three piece suit and finally the blue / brown wool muted tweed Glen Plaid Captain’s suit (double breasted) with a mist blue wool cable turtleneck. Notice the suede elbow patches. The details were everything.
You’ve read my thoughts, I’d love to know your feelings about the the collection. Please feel free to leave them here! See the full Joseph Abboud A/W 2016 collection here (Images by Dan Lecca):
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