April 19, 2007 New York
For Fall, Hamilton updates his preppy leanings with a muted color palette and rugged materials. His intricately woven knits, for instance, are handcrafted in Italy yet cut in a modern, almost rumpled style. There's also a Japanese silk jersey shirt with a dash of prep from the crest on its breastwhat a coal-mining Harry Potter might wear on the weekends. Elsewhere, a hoodie is given the waxed-cotton treatment usually reserved for bomber jackets, while a sweater includes a snap-off collar, which means it can be worn as either a turtleneck or a crew. Hamilton dresses down a wool blazer with a carefully concealed zipper, and moves equally adeptly in the other direction, taking a lumberjack coat upscale by giving it a blazerlike feel and smart button-down hip pockets. It's the most overt Kerouac reference in the collection, and it emphasizes the Hamilton silhouette: skinny but not too skinny pants paired with an artfully rumpled look up top.