I love the Christopher Bates Menswear show at Toronto Fashion Week. His runway is always a treat to the ladies (or men) with a debonair line up of gorgeous gentlemen in fantasy characters (ok I am projecting).
Christopher Bates always produces a sophisticated menswear collection with roots in Italian tailoring, but approachable to the most basic of fashion-shy males. For spring 2015, his World Mastercard Fashion Week collection was inspired by the movie The English Patient. You see the influence in the posh safari styling, tailored shorts, with some retro formal wear looks. Even though the theme is recognized, each ensemble is wearable by most men. There aren’t any gimmicky catwalk pieces, just stylish clothes to suit a projected lifestyle.
The savviness of Christopher Bates is that every model is styled to appeal to an archetype to tickle your fancy. The rugged explorer, the adventurer with trendy beard, urban moto-riding vagabond and the posh gent are all there to accommodate your fantasy. It’s a perfect marketing move where the designer understands that men ultimately dress to attract and please a mate, therefore he presents his collection as such.
I don’t wish to disrespect the designer’s success or talent, but it doesn't hurt that the handsome Bates is the embodiment of his brand. How hot would it be to live in this world?
|photos by David TW Leung|