Club Monaco @ AW2013 Collection

Club Monaco AW2013 collectin inspired by a uniquely modern sense of juxtaposition: the contemporary feminine persona as confronted in the photography of Cindy Sherman, awkward versus pretty, playful versus quirky, strong and minimal versus soft. For women, timeless styles and shapes are re-worked in traditional fabrics like eyelet, cloque, and lace, playing off more structured fabrics like bonded cottons, quilted pieces, double knits, jacquards, and neoprene for contrast. Eccentricity and clean lines run throughout the collection and are accented by details like faux texture patterns, unexpected trims, and pops of color in African and 1960s inspired op prints.
The color palette for the season is neutral based with fuchsia, navy, white, purple, and lilac accents for July; mustard, cobalt blue, fleshy peach, white accents for August; and finally, pink, camel, black, white, maroon, and grey accents for September. Fall 2013 also marks the debut of Club Monaco Collection: an exclusive heritage-based assortment of elevated pieces marked by quality craftsmanship and fabrics such as shearling, fur, lamb leather, boiled wool, pima cotton, and silk. The color focus is timeless in red, camel, black, whites, greys.
The menswear collection for winter takes inspiration from today’s urban gentlemen. Functional, yet polished. Dressy, but relaxed. “This season, I drew inspiration by playing with pattern and beautiful fabrics and yarns and applying them to modern fit, said vice president of menswear designs, Aaron Levine. The season kicks off with Club Monaco, autumnal classic sweaters reinterpreted with zigzag seams, hems, and stitching. As the weather cools, outerwear and suiting take inspiration from chic, British style: camel-hair coats, structured top-coats in a graphic jacquard, tailored paisley suits with narrow lapels, slender legs, barrel cuffs, and shortened back lengths. As the seasons festivities commence, the collection gets a formal flair with an assortment of evening classics designed in rich fabrics of silk and wool."
The Men’s Collection also explores the idea of modernity and mixed media in new updated classics: dressed down tailored pieces are mixed with cool knits, 1960s inspiration is reinterpreted in modern silhouettes, and traditional styles are infused with a nod to hi-tech functionality. There are prints in both bottoms and shirting, denim in black and indigo, garment washed bombers and tonal varsity jackets, dress shirts and vintage inspired sweaters. Details include quilting, taped seams, bonded cotton, and fabric covered buttons. The color palette for the season is neutral based with fuchsia, purple, and golden yellow accents for July; poppy red, and orange accents for August; and finally, levels of pink and red for September.
The Winter 2013 Collection inspired by the feminine, autumnal tones reflecting seasonal changes, the collection reworks Club Monaco’s classics with new shapes, colors, and fabrics for the fall and holiday season. “This season, I drew inspiration from the changing tones of late autumn mixed with the modern, edginess of photographer Julia Hetta. Dark, but still pretty, futuristic but historical.” said Caroline Belhumear, lead women’s designer for Club Monaco. For winter, Club Monaco redefined its classics in dusty shades of pale pink and blue giving a feminine twist to the classic palette of black, white and camel. As the weather cools, beautiful tones of pure white and ethereal, mystical patterns materialize that are reminiscent of the darkness of the woodlands; where shades of potent pink and juniper pop against the soot black background.
Luxe fabrics emerge with an autumnal flair: calf-skin bonded with wool; cashmere, shearling and stretch leather. Outerwear remains at the heart of the collection with cropped faux fur jackets accented in blocks of color. When the holiday countdown begins, fit-and flared skirts, mixed-media leggings in hues of sugar beet and rose gold enter the collection  giving a classic approach to festive attire.

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