Inspired by music subcultures of the 70s, John Varvatos SS16 is all about slick striped suiting with rock n roll sensibility and dandy-informed style notes. Think Beetlejuice style suiting, a mash up of soft lambskin leather, crushed linen, fine-tuned cottons and a hint of metallic thread and stage-worthy sunglasses – the ideal accessory for both head-banging with the band or off-duty at the beach. Having favoured the states over Milan this season, we were eager to quiz Varvatos about SS16. Here, the mastermind himself talks us through the collection.
Tell us about your decision to take John Varvatos back to the states this season…
For me the decision to move our fashion show back to New York wasn’t an immediate decision. I’ve been showing at Milan, for nearly eight years now and we’ve got a great relationship with city. But I’m an American designer, we’re an American brand and New York City is my home, so we thought it was the right moment to come back.
There were definite hints of the 70s in this collection, what drew you to this decade in particular?
I was inspired by the 70s bohemian SoCal music scene when there was an influx of British rock stars bringing their iconic flamboyance and dandy-informed style to the relaxed Southern California scene.
Were there any particular figures from the seventies that inspired you?
Fleetwood Mac, Jimmy Page and Keith Richards.
Who do you see wearing this collection?
A man who wants to be adventurous yet has a eye for detail, quality and style.
The casting was amazing, we’re a huge fan of Lucky Blue – why do you think he was the prefect fit this season?
Not only did Lucky Blue look amazing in the clothes, but his attitude and essence simply brought to life the vision the collection.
We couldn’t agree more!