For Les Hommes’ spring 17 collection, Tom Notte and Bart Vandebosch combine urban street style pieces with utilitarian details to create contemporary looks. The duo’s differing design philosophies complement each other simultaneously, allowing them to blend multiple influences into elegant, masculine pieces. With one left-handed and the other right-handed, the couple often works on the same piece of paper when designing. The Les Hommes man is a discerning gentleman concerned with both the practicality and sophistication of his wardrobe. In their spring collection, Notte and Vandebosch bring a casual, sportswear influence to expert tailoring with bomber jackets and jumpsuits decorated with metallic zippers and large cargo pockets. Monochromatic ensembles are shown in a simple color scheme of army green, black and white.
Military references are seen in the cargo trousers and cropped pants paired with fishnet tops and army green jackets. Sling bags styled over tailored blazers are made to look like bulletproof vests. The collection is infused with studs, mesh and leather for an added punk edge. White dress shirts are paired with olive mesh tanks to modernize traditional suiting with an urban touch. The dynamic duo favored a shorter hemline with capri length cropped trousers and above-the-knee leather shorts. A white silk bomber covered in cargo pockets paired white mesh tank and zipped pants creates a relaxed look with an urban sensibility. Straps dangling off cargo pants and mesh tops reference this season’s bondage trend. Sportswear inspired bomber jackets and oversized sweatshirts are offset with tribal motifs in glittering embroideries and metallic embellishments. The show notes cite Spanish conquistadors and Mayan decorations as inspiration for romantic pieces including a black detailed brocade suit.
Notte and Vandebosch’s fresh urban take on military is complimented by the slicked-back, clean hairstyles rocked by the handsome models. The punk-feel of the collection is enhanced with edgy jewelry including black tribal lip rings, studded earrings and spiked nosebands. Footwear highlights include white and black leather gladiator sandals, some embellished with studs and wrapped above the ankle. Notte and Vandebosch described their aesthetic as a unification of opposites, specifically the fusing of their different approaches to fashion. The combination of Vandebosch’s soft and romantic influences with Notte’s architectural and urban approach creates Les Hommes’ unique contemporary elegance.