Menswear on Wall Street

This shoot was for the June issue of MR Magazine. Strictly for menswear industry insiders, the magazine is seasons ahead of what’s actually in stores; we show clothing that has often not even been seen on runways yet. But June’s a tough one. People are gearing up to show their wares at Pitti Uomo and loaning what are essentially prototypes to editors and stylists is a somewhat risky business. But we pull the strings we need to pull, and the pictures from this shoot show all the major trends for spring/summer ’15.

With July and August issues more suited to swimwear and other such sunny weather staples, the concept for June was spring dress up, and based in New York City, what better backdrop than the streets of the Financial District: Menswear on Wall Street.

Menswear in general is moving towards a more elevated place, with suits and sportcoats finding fresh appeal with a newly stylish set. Deconstructed and lightweight in luxury fabrics, brands like Boglioli and L.B.M. 1911 are leading the way, and long-established luxury brands like Burberry, the biggest luxury house in the world, and Etro are paired with newer brands like Richard Chai and David Hart to fantastic effect.

And that patterned overcoat from E. Tautz. Damn. Patterns are big for SS15, and while actual menswear on Wall Street might not see the more fashion forward options, we have that wonderful thing: artistic license. Neutrals though, are accessible to everyone, and the upcoming season will see them everywhere, from beige to warmer shades of brown that bring a richness to tailored clothing.

And finally in formal wear, your classic stiff black jackets give way to waggish patterns, and there is a marked boldness in confident creams, reds and navys. Get with it. That burgundy Burberry with the contrast black lapels. Must have.

Thanks a million to hair and make-up artist Julianna Grogan (aka Jewels) and Mr. Stephen Garner. Couldn’t have done it without you.