Wednesday, September 16, 2009

It's in the autumn air: men's spring fashions

Think Ivy League yacht club on a stevedore's budget.
John Bartlett calls it "Maritime/Prep" and presented it as his spring 2010 line for Liz Claiborne.
Leave it to the Harvard-educated designer to come up with a preppy mix of polo shirts, layered T-shirts, sweater vests, plaids and bow ties. The designer introduced a touch of the nautical with navy and white stripes and sailor pants.
The line marks a dramatic departure from last spring's collection, which Bartlett acknowledges was "dressed up and suity."
"You see I've added more color and patterns. The wine-berry, foliage green, aqua blue and mandarin orange. And they mix well with khakis and jeans."
Color Bartlett's collection cost-conscious. All the items in the presentation cost less than $100 with the exception of a petunia purple blazer ($149).

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