50s Retro Lounge Wear You Can Live In
Japanese designer Daisuke Obana prefers to let his collections do the talking… and N.Hoolywood is a brand worth listening to. After a trip to Dallas during the election in November 2016, Obana said he felt compelled to pay tribute to president John F. Kennedy and the nostalgia for a much simpler time. In referring to the chaos that ensued during campaign season, Obana explained “elections are very different in Japan.”
Opening Ceremony Black Long Varsity Jacket • Opening Ceremony • $495
Brooks Brothers Red Fleece Tennis V-Neck Cotton Sweater • $69.50
COACH Coach Varsity Jacket • Coach • $795
Juun.J striped wide-leg trousers • Juun.J • $408
SAINT LAURENT Y-appliqué intarsia-knit wool cardigan • Saint Laurent • $945
Urban Outfitters UO Varsity Cardigan Sweater • Urban Outfitters • $9.99
N. Hoolywood plain T-shirt • $64
Prada Black Wool Baggy Trousers • Prada • $720
Each look in the collection chronicles JFK’s life, like a sartorial biopic. There was his collegiate/varsity prep phase, but done in drab and dreary colors, along with 50s suits and lounge wear infused with a modern spin. “I wanted to put out something very simple, sleek, traditional and refined,” Obana said. Nostalgic retro pieces became the base for mixing and matching separates with more casual options such as a V-neck sweater. There were also handsome louche varsity and tennis sweaters, chino shorts, and striped wide leg trousers paired with a dress shirt under a baby pink cardigan.
The outerwear was ultimately the shining star, setting a perfect example for how to layer separates. A longline varsity jacket is the perfect transitional piece to take you from winter into spring. Although varsity jackets are typically associated with vibrant hues to represent school colors, the looks were mostly monochromatic in soft, subdued colors such as gray, khaki, pink, light blues and muted reds. Obana also debuted not one, but four collaborations with old school brands like Alpha Industries, Jerzees, Sperry Top-Sider and Suicoke.