Posted August 29, 2012 in News
Classic French military style guide the season’s new casual elegance
NICE, France—For Pre-Fall 2012, the French fashion House channeled the unfettered, utilitarian elegance of the Legionnaires, better known as the French Foreign Legion.
A military unit filled with foreign nationals, the Legionnaires became famous for their service, bravery and adventurous spirit during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Their uniforms—dusty khakis, clean chinos, and streamlined silhouettes— became just as iconic, immortalized by Ralph Fiennes and Kristen Scott Thomas in the 1996 film, “An English Patient.” It’s here with these two silver screen protagonists where Façonnable’s pre-fall 2012 collection begins.
Romantic and military references meet in a new kind of understated elegance. Strong, confident but far from ostentatious, the men’s pre-fall lineup features standout outerwear, including a cropped belted trench coat with leather shoulder patches, a perforated suede bomber, oversized army parachute parka and a double-zip lightweight nylon jacket. There are also key layering pieces, like nylon vests, aged field jackets, washed winter linen drill blazer and knit zip-front hoodies. All cut from cool neutrals, like tobacco, stone and olive drab and accented with deep tones, such as chili red, sun bleached pink and gypsy blue, the collection is of the moment and timeless.
Delving deeper into the collection, Façonnable crafted a new, colorful assortment of slim fit stretch cavalry drill trousers, easy V-neck sweaters, unlined sport coats and relaxed pop-over shirts in chambray and poplin with contrast plackets. Regimental stripes and crest embroidery details are sprinkled throughout the collection. Pigment dyed, washed leather drivers and loafers, hand-printed wool challis scarves, slim leather belts, and slouchy army blanket bags round out the handsome mix. While the new canvas “Caravan’ weekender will become your always bag, getting even better with every journey.