For Les Hommes’ Spring 2017 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.
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Military references dominated the collection’s cargo pants and cropped trousers styled with fishnet tops and olive green officers jackets. Padded Sling style bags worn as vests over tailored jackets resembled bulletproof military gear. Many of the pieces were infused with studs, mesh and leather for an added punk edge. While white dress shirts worn under olive mesh tanks modernized the traditional suiting. A white silk bomber covered in cargo pockets worn with a white mesh tank and capri pants offered a relaxed casual look with an urban sensibility. An abundance of straps dangling off cargo pants and mesh tops referenced 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 was complimented by slicked-back, clean hairstyles rocked by handsome models. The punk-feel of the collection was further enhanced with edgy jewelry including black tribal lip rings, studded earrings and spiked nosebands. Footwear highlights include leather gladiator sandals embellished with studs and straps that wrap around 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 defines Les Hommes’ unique contemporary menswear.