Joseph Abboud Spring 2013-------
Label: Joseph Abboud (creative director Bernardo Rojo)
Need to know: Rojo’s fourth collection is Drive meets Rebel Without a Cause, even if his easygoing and L.A.-inspired mavericks wouldn’t necessarily look out of place in Martha’s Vineyard. In a nod to fifties and eighties volumes, there’s extra breathing room in the pleated (but tapered) trousers and biker jackets (including one in trendy neoprene) that billow in the back. Deconstructed linen suits and silk cravats—no ties in sight—add a dash of more contemporary laissez-faire. Meanwhile, tank tops and patent leather, especially the latter in a bright red car coat, broaden the boundaries of a label that resembles your dad’s Joseph Abboud less and less every season.
He says: Rojo said he worked with two photos of an ultra-relaxed James Dean in mind: “That image of him pulling his sweater down, and the image where he’s walking down the street with pleated pants and his hands in a jacket that’s slightly oversized and so light it could almost be jersey.”
Where to find it: Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and select specialty shops like Mitchell’s.