June 23, 2008
For a certain breed of fashion fan, the name Iceberg may conjure memories of sweaters and jeans emblazoned with Donald Duck, Goofy, and various other Disney characters, but the label has labored to change its profile since the cartoonish nineties. Over the past few seasons, creative director Paolo Gerani has put together a string of solidand, no offense to Goofyeminently wearable collections. For Spring 2009, he sought to cover all the places a modern man must go, and all the elements he must endure while there. In other words, versatility was paramount, exemplified by blazer-style knit cardigans that were decked out with pocket squares or, in the last sequence, a hybrid of khaki shawl-lapel tux and windowpane linen suit. The color palette leaned on navy, olives, and grays, which, if on the somber side for spring, are nonetheless cornerstones of modern dress. And playful details elsewhere countered those muted notes: the baby-blue interior of a sober gray mac, for instance, or the white facing on the interior placket of an olive Henley. Other welcome pops of color included cobalt and baby-blue ribbing of a shawl-collar cardigan, or the color-blocked back on one of those aforementioned blazer-cardigans.