After a year to bed in, this coming-of-age menswear collection at Whistles has certainly endorsed a defined style and this season the maturity of this brand is evident, incorporating a slick and modern tone in a Summer menswear collection that aligns an aesthetic to one of the greatest modernist art movements of the twentieth century: Bauhaus. The famous art group schooled under Architect and Founding member Walter Gropius in the city of Weimar, Germany in 1919. Gropius believed in creating form and function in Art, Architecture and furniture, this became the design principles that formed their mantra and great visionaries like Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Brewer joined the group. The new Whistles menswear mirror some of these design principles, with a nod to a modernist utility where function and form play a vital role for today’s man.
The new collection also launches ahead of the new stand-alone store which opens this Spring in London, Location TBC.
Setting the scene, the Whistles man is relaxed, refined, with a decorous nature, he dresses with impeccable and effortless style. The objects in his pad, are equally important to him, as the clothes in his wardrobe. To the Whistles man, a kettle is not just a vessel for boiling water, it is a objet of art and design, it is where the function follows the form – and just like his attire, it deeply resonates with him.
Providing an effortless wardrobe for the modern man, the spring summer 2016 collection offers a refresh on the design classics. Relaxed tailoring is given a contemporary twist; deconstructed blazers are in washed cotton tones of charcoal and navy, with a ticking stripe interior and our deconstructed blazer is updated in a pale chambray.
The colours and prints of the collection take inspiration from natural landscapes, using the grey and deep blue hues from rock quarries. The hand drawn prints are based on the ageing patterns of strata rock formations.
As the season moves into high summer the range takes inspiration from holidaying in the French landscape ranging from the Pyrenees mountains to the coastlines of Brittany and the Tour de France provides vivid colour references of Azure Blue and bold Red and nod towards the sporting time of year, with the upcoming Euros. In particular our version of a Breton stripe, a modern take on a true knit cycle jersey and the collarless shirt are favourites.
Swim sIndigo is a prominent colour reference as well as in true dip, featuring on Japanese waffle weave overshirts, carefully washed down for authentic finish. New improved denim fits have entered the range with an easy mid wash and bleach wash on rigid 12oz weights.
Expect to find hero pieces such as the camel mac, the Harrington jacket and the suede over-shirt, which will give your wardrobe an instant lift. Accessories remain staple this season, while they updated. Key pieces are the versatile canvas backpack and large holdall. Sunglasses and footwear feature also.