John Varvatos, Detroit-born menswear designer (and rock aficionado—he built his flagship store inside the legendary punk-club ruins of CBGB), unveiled his latest collection over the weekend in Milan. Expanding on the brand’s core aesthetic of English dandy meets NYC snarl, next Fall’s clothes seem to explore references that reach even further, resulting in a vibe that spans time, geography, and works of fiction. One song remains the same: As dressed-up as Varvatos’ gents get, one always gets the impression they can hold their liquor…and hold their own in a dark alley.
Boardwalk Vampire. Part prohibition-era Buscemi, with a drop of Bram Stoker. Varvatos’ razor-sharp tailoring goes shady and sinister.
Oxblood & Ink. Whereas Jil Sander’s color pops are primary, Varvatos’ are muted and moody.
…And watch the complete Fall/Winter 2013 runway show
at the official John Varvatos YouTube channel.
[First three photos courtesy of John Varvatos. Individual looks courtesy of GQ.com.]