For his Spring 2017 collection, and to kick-off New York Fashion Week: Men’s, Joseph Abboud hosted an intimate breakfast before presenting his new collection comprised of 28 looks.
The season was influenced by Ernest Hemingway, giving a nod to the American voyager. A man hungry for knowledge and adventure, who collects his rich, softly tailored wardrobe of linen, silk, and cotton as he explores the world, from New York and Paris, to Havana and Madrid.
“This collection was a very personal endeavor for me. Having studied at the Sorbonne, I spent my 21st birthday in Paris, and celebrated with one of my professors in a café outside of Notre Dame,” Abboud says. “As the clock struck midnight, he handed me Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, and highlighted the passage that read:
‘If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.'”
With a palette of ivory, chocolate, white, sand, flax, and tobacco, Abboud’s clothes are simultaneously tailored and informal, thus ensuring the Spring 2017 man is ready for whatever unexpected expedition might await him.
Printed linen and rustic jacquards lend a bold elegance to raw, deconstructed suits and separates, which allow the textiles to take on a life of their own. These clothes are substantial—just like the men who wear them—but the fabrics have an organic, heirloom quality that exudes an anything-goes confidence and an effortless sophistication that is inherently American.