Marni SS14 Collection
The Marni SS14 menswear collection fuses function, formality and form in an experimental fashion. Packed with bold, architectural shapes and intricate layering, the range is both diverse and considered. This is a line-up with immense variation, offering suave tailored suits and classic cotton shirts amongst funky prints and playful parkas.
One-button suits and double-layered shirts sit at the centre of the collection as desirable springtime staples. A wide range of patterns, ranging from over-sized polkas to checker boards, add interest and individualism. These are prints which are bold enough to catch the eye and yet subtle enough to mould into the corporate backdrop from which the suit originates without a hint of garishness.
The use of graphics in the collection is progressive and cumulates in some cartoon-type prints, courtesy of a special collaboration with illustrator Katja Schwalenberg.
Where this collection really comes into its own, however, is through its unique tailoring. Silhouettes are endlessly sculptured, with interplay between billowed and snug-fit forms. Parkas are often tiered with irregular layers, forming hybrids that sit somewhere between the classic bomber jacket and the cape.
Elsewhere, it’s all about the detailing. Generously-sized pockets and zips adorn outerwear, with some parkas zipping up from below the knee. We witness a marriage of materials fused together in fashionable bliss, with cut-and-paste techniques teetering on the precipice beyond minimalism.
Complete with shirts half tucked in and zips half done up, many compositions in this collection epitomise smart-casual wear. There is a sense of the in-progress; the purposefully un-ready. The Marni man is not controlled by his clothes but controls them, manipulating his attire into any fashion he desires. At once ready for a formal dinner and yet ready to kick-it around town, the Marni man has a sartorially flexible wardrobe.