E. Tautz presented Spring/Summer 2016
Going ultra casual for spring-summer 2016, designer Patrick Grant presented his latest collection for E. Tautz during London Collections: Men.
A morning slot on the last day of LCM frames the show as a palette cleanser, especially with its soft tailoring and clean lines, but the heritage label dating back to 1867 has a lot more to show for it.
Using mainly greys and blues, the E. Tautz collection was injected with pops of pink, red, maroon, yellow, and teal. These colors were used within gingham and geometric patterns. Parkas and ponchos were statement pieces alongside jumpsuits and utility sports shirts.
High-waisted shorts were styled with laidback sport shirts as models moved with ease; gingham coordinates added visual tension to the simpler silhouettes. Top buttons were left open and the zippers on 50s Safari jackets were just short of being fully unzipped. It felt like masterclass in Baldassare Castiglione’s “sprezzatura,” meaning a studied nonchalance. Trendy Suprematist graphics were used sparingly in reference to the architectural inspiration, giving the more reserved styles a contemporary feel.
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