Enduring Influential Rock ‘N’ Roll Style


The legendary rockers Bryan Ferry, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix inspired John Varvatos Spring 2014 collection with their seductive individual style.  Varvatos embellished the Rock n’ Roll aesthetic that is central to his work by adding contemporary formal touches like wing collars, silk bow ties, handkerchieves, French cuffs and tie pins, proving that the devil is in the details. The silhouettes are tall and sleek with three and four button jackets and trousers narrow or boot cut that signal a return to elegant dressing.

While working on the collection, Varvatos had been editing John Varvatos: Rock in Fashion, a compendium of rock ‘n’ roll photography featuring the enduring influence of elegant traveling musicians. The eccentric style of David Bowie was captured by a red, three button suit with a winged collared shirt and french cuffs, paired with matching trousers and spiffed up with a red silk tie and a long flowing scarf.

Another model mirrored the charming English style of rocker Brian Ferry in a navy, double breasted three piece suit with french cuffed shirt and matching slim trousers. The shoes also received special treatment with leather that is hand-distressed, as if they’d survived weeks on the road.

For the finale, the epitome of Hendrix’s theatrical fashion was captured by a Jimi Hendrix look alike wearing a black, elongated cut-away band jacket with gold trim over an open shirt,
paired with bootcut tuxedo trousers heavily embroidered with a gold pinstripe, and accessorized with a thin linen scarf. The collection as a whole represents a regal, yet cool stylish presence that defines the art of dressing.

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