Apr 11 2017

Summer Trend Preview


AG sails into summer under the influence of French New Wave film, drawing inspiration from Purple Noon, director René Clément’s 1960 adaption of Patricia Highsmith’s novel, The Talented Mr. Ripley. A sun-drenched summer holiday on the open waters of the Mediterranean sets the scene for a collection of cool, easy pieces tinged with an understated nautical vibe.

“Cool, easy pieces tinged with an understated nautical vibe.”

The season steers the women’s tops and dresses in a more feminine direction. Fits are refreshed in updated blocks and an all-new offering of fabrics, including lightweight cotton poplin, washed silk, breathable linen and linen blends, and a rayon crinkle crepe that drapes beautifully on the body. Anchor-printed jersey and a multitude of stripes emphasize the maritime feel.

Among the standout styles: the Marina top, a white button-up with statement ruffles; the Nola, a femme take on the oxford buttondown sported so effortlessly by Alain Delon in the film; and the Capucine Jacket, a refined slip-on layer in striped and frayed indigo cotton. The tops are all designed to complement summer’s denim selection, which exudes vintage charm with the prevalence rigid, nonstretch fabrics detailed with natural-looking destruction and raw, uneven hems.

Denim washes range from faded light- and mid-tone blues to dark, clean indigos that can be dressed up for nighttime. Hints of utilitarian elements are found in the Cody workwear pant, the Leah tapered-leg overall, and the Kaitlin overall skirt, as well as in non-denim bottoms such as the Wes, which comes in two variations: a relaxed straight-leg pant and a high-rise short.

For men, Weathered finishes and a muted color palette create a lived-in effect on men’s knitwear and shirting, and the silhouettes come a bit more relaxed. Washed-down jersey with raw-hem detailing, seen on the Anders Pocket Crew and the Warren Pullover, has a weekend-ready character.

Texture plays up the worn-to-perfection feel of short- and long-sleeve shirting with the soft, purposeful crinkling of the Grady Shirt and the tactile hand of the Nash S/S Shirt in linen-blend options. Meanwhile, the unstructured Trunnel Blazer makes a fine choice for casually sophisticated layering. The denim selection offers light, destructed washes and clean basics with aged tinting, as well as comfortable four-way stretch Denim 360 in classic shades. Non-denim bottoms come in a mix of no-fail neutrals and season-appropriate pops of color, giving the AG man plenty of options this season