Tuesday, February 12, 2013

{NYFW AW13} Ovadia & Sons...

I think the thing I love about Ovadia & Sons season after season is that their collections remind me of a (more expensive) menswear version of me. Or at least, what I often aspire to be: interesting and on-trend without being over-the-top; thoughtful styling with a lean towards the classic.

I grapple with correctly describing men's pieces, there's so much jargon in the industry and on the Internets I really don't stand a chance. All I can really speak to is how the styling moves me, and  perhaps whether I could see a real man actually wearing the looks.

Ovadia is like J. Crew's wise, well-read, and sexy older brother with a better tailor, who's still in incredibly good shape. (I swear I'm not just saying that because the model looks like the love child of Ernest Hemingway and Dennis Quaid.)

But really - what's great about this collection is that it hits that sweet spot between attainable and aspirational. The layers are easy to emulate because the elements are in many guys' wardrobe already:  denim shirt, crew-neck sweater in a bold color, navy pea coat. The key to looking fresh is that slim, slightly shorter than might feel natural pant and sharper-than-sharp outerwear.

The too-good-to-be-true coat at bottom right is just icing on the (salt-and-pepper bearded) cake.

[Photos by Justin Chung for GQ.com]

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