Fashion Week Notebook | John Varvatos

September 11th, 2005

Key Takeaways: As usual, John Varvatos gave us a fresh take on some classic garment classifications: sport shirts, motorcycle jackets, trenchcoats, cardigans, and even one-piece jumpers (don’t try that one at home!). Always mindful of the details, Varvatos’ key statements for the season included zipper detailing, rolled up and pushed up (or tsuzjed up, as Carson Kressley would say) sleeves, and a possible return to ombre.

Color Palette: Browns, Tan, Shades of White, Yellow, Orange, Light Blue. Great color combo: Yellow + Light Blue.

Silhouettes: Classic looks. Vests and Ties are back, with button down shirts with rolled up sleeves. Cardigans and pullover sweaters. The Trenchcoat also made an appearance, along with a variety of single (2 and 3 button) breasted and double breasted jackets. Rolled up sleeves are big on Varvatos’ agenda.

Accessories Report: Ombre scarves, Sneakers with big laces, Slip-on Shoes, and Caps.

What’s Wearable: Just about everything. We especially like the motorcycle jackets.

What’s Not Wearable: Mid-calf length shorts, and exceedingly long blazers. They distort even a model’s figure. Also steer clear of the one-piece jumpers. Somewhat interesting in a fashion spread in Vogue, but they’ll elicit thoughts of “what Are you wearing?” in Real Life.

Most Directional Look: Vest + Tie + Sport Shirt with rolled up sleeves.

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