Continually inspired by philosophy, wanderlust, and an inherent need to create, Palmiers du Malsuits the life of the nomadic artists, writers, musicians, gypsies, and philosophers who roam the world freelyand elegantly. With a core focus on creating garments that complement a Utopian existence spent seeking inspiration,while casually careening from one bohemian enclave to another, all Palmiers du Mal collections exude comfort without sacrificing a distinctly refined, universally applicable aesthetic.
With an increasing focus on the lives of the “Gypset,”the Spring 2016 collection speaks to a mobile and selective clientele,while still retaining the romantic concept of artistic Utopia. “The idea of a highly focused, creative Quixoticism drove the collection forward this season, advancing into a substantially stronger selection of cut & sew items, adding to the elegant timelessness of the Italian-made Scottish cashmere that dominated the last season’s offering,” says Creative Director, Shane Fonner, who alongside Brandon Capps, has taken a thoughtful approach to curating a selection of pieces that speak to those constantly on the go. “The luxury ‘basic’knits within the offering pair interestingly with the more avant-garde shapes of the cut & sew,” headds,“but symbiotically they are extremely compatible and relay the louche savoir-faire of our ideal consumer. Bohomme, I’ve been calling it.”
The implementation of luxury Japanese fabrics this season has added a deeper dimension to the selection, and continues to advance the idea of universal luxury operating roguishly outside the established paradigms of traditional menswear tailoring. New standout pieces such as the drop-crotch linen harem pants (offered in a washed-down upholstery linen, along with a more traditional quality linen construction), an intricately striped short sleeve sweatshirt and drop-crotch short combo, and a new cotton/Scottish cashmere blended Italian Smoking Jacket add a more global touch to the Palmiers du Mal Spring 2016 line. The Spring/Summer 2016 look book, shot by photographer Simon Cave, features a decidedly more masculine archetype for Palmiers du Mal, playing to the evolving relationship between the male consumer and fashion. “It’s completely de rigueur for men to push the fashion envelope now,” says Fonner. “To see an extremely masculine figure in a periwinkle kimono, garment-washed mauve linens, pale pink Italian smoking jackets, and purple cashmere cardigans, has somewhat of a shocking effect that philosophically engages those searching for the Now.”