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Light as air: the ultimate in summer dressing
Summer dressing is all about lightness and ease, allowing the wearer to step out in comfort and style as temperatures rise. For Spring/Summer 2017, BOSS Menswear is inspired by the ultimate lightweight piece – the parachute.
The design serves as inspiration not only in its function, but also in its form. Many of the pieces in the collection can be packed away into an integral bag, while ripstop fabrics, woven with a micro-grid structure, ensure strength and lightness. Equally, the very appearance of the parachute is explored. Outerwear is worn strapped then slung over the shoulders and back, while belts and pull cords inspire patterns and prints.
The brand’s signature tailoring follows this same path, focusing on technical innovation and sartorial excellence to enhance freedom of movement. New proportions are introduced. Easy shapes and unconstructed designs are paired with airy light and luxe fabrics, including cotton-silk blends, linen jersey and paper-finish materials. Leather also steps into the spotlight with a raw-cut, bonded nappa coat in a perfect matte finish – a standout, yet effortlessly understated piece.
This attention to innovative design lends itself perfectly to the man on the go. BOSS Travel Line returns with a collection featuring ultra-light outerwear, jackets with cooling perforated linings, and shirts woven from advanced fabrics with anti-crease, breathable properties. Even tailored jackets and coats fully pack away into themselves, transforming into a pillow for long-haul journeys.
For sportswear, technical design is employed for both performance and aesthetic application – a laser-cut bonded nylon jacket features alongside a wind-resistant padded field jacket. In ultimate versatility, 2-in-1 reversible jackets are offered, including a casual blazer which can be turned around to be worn as a bomber jacket. Sports meet style in a nappa blouson, worn with a pair of lightweight poplin drawstring pants.
The palette is understated and masculine in sartorial gray, taupe, olive and khaki, but energized with pops of color. Shades of anthracite gray feature touches of blue or bright accents of yellow, while khaki tones are shot through with rococo red, coral and pale orchid. Pattern and print also add a certain edge. A geometric design and windowpane check bring new flair to black tailoring, while touches of camouflage add a youthful modernity.
This season, BOSS Menswear also introduces Wardrobe Staples, the ultimate capsule for the modern man. Every item can be seamlessly combined with others in the collection, offering an effortless way to build the foundation of your closet. Choose from the classics of menswear: everything from selvedge denim jeans to a sharp Oxford shirt and the soft cotton T-shirt. These are the perfect essentials that every man needs, and are not susceptible to passing trends
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