As French fashion, accessories and footwear brand agnès b. prepares to unveil its Spring/Summer 2014 menswear collection in just a few days in Paris, its London office organised an event today to remind journalists of its Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, which will become available in stores from August 2013.
agnès b.’s men’s offering for Autumn/Winter 2013 is a large collection with a wide variety of looks (that will undoubtedly please most men) and a clear emphasis on garments and accessories to be worn outdoors. Rich and warm fabrics include wool, flannel, alpaca, tweed, velvet, suedette, jacquard and brushed cotton, whereas cotton poplin and needlecord velvet are used in shirting. As in previous collections of the brand, predominantly monochromatic garments contrast with a small number of patterned pieces featuring micro-florals, autumn leaves and leopard prints in a varied colour palette where earth tones such as brown, plum and sienna on the one hand, and bold bottle green, cobalt blue and vermillion red on the other are anchored by more traditional shades of grey, white, black and navy.
Formal shapes come in the form of single-breasted suits, single and double-breasted overcoats, blousons and pea coats, most of which sporting lapels with sharp, pronounced peaks. In contrast, casual silhouettes are created by cowboy-inspired shirts, fitted denim jeans of different colours (including audacious golden and silver lamé options), leather blazers, calfskin coats, and relaxed wool cardigans and mesh viscose knitted pieces. As expected of agnès b. menswear, a range of accessories (including hats, scarves and gloves) and a line of footwear (with emphasis on boots) complement the collection.
Overall, this is a strong and varied collection, with highlights such as a tweed overcoat with raglan sleeves and a reversible lining of grey cotton gabardine; a herringbone wool coat with matching trousers and blazer; a double-breasted green tweed coat; a single-breasted blue tweed suit; a black cape in woollen cloth and cashmere; and a T-shirt printed with the photograph ‘In the Autumn Woods’ especially commissioned by agnès b.