elle4lisa Vice Commes MAN A/W 07/08
AUTUMN WINTER 2007/8 COLLECTION
FEBRUARY 15TH 7.30 PM
CAFÃ‰ DE PARIS LONDON W1
After the impact that E4L Man created with its debut catwalk show this autumn, Elle4Lisa is proud to unveil E4LVice Commes, which will premier in February during London Fashion Week. This addition to the menswear range will embody the couture side of menâ€™s tailoring and fully realise the capabilities of Creative Director, Lisa Kensington-Wright and her team.
Vice Commes, the Latin for viscount has been carefully selected in order to project a certain kind of sensibility and class. The main focus of the range will be to correspond it with the sense of nobility and refinement intrinsic in its stately definition. Where E4L man projects its own unique translation of elle4lisaâ€™s sexy, elegant and sophisticated ethos, Vice Commes is returning to the root of menâ€™s fashion. Creative Director, Lisa Kensington-Wright says â€œVice Commes is the embodiment of a modern English gent who is heavily influenced by a love for dressing upâ€.
The inspiration behind the range comes from the truly English idea of the dandy, and the specific importance that they placed on their physical appearance. Charles Baudelaire described the dandy as one who elevates aesthetics to a living religion; therefore Vice Commes strives to make this living religion accessible.
The very model of the British dandy was embodied within â€˜Beauâ€™ Brummel, close friend to a young George IV and arbiter of fashion in Regency England. The first to abandon the wig, cut his hair short and move from breeches to snugly-fitting â€˜pantaloonsâ€™, Brummel radicalised menâ€™s style for the following 200 years. He emphasised the trend for men to wear understated but beautifully cut clothing, and is said to be the impetus for the modern day suit. Brummelâ€™s penchant for having his boots polished with champagne is the quintessence of lavishness and indulgence and typifies his position as the ultimate dandy.
The dandyâ€™s requisite for luxury is fundamental to Vice Commes. Applying elaborate, detailed craftsmanship is the key to injecting 19th century style with a contemporary translation. Sumptuous fabrics and bespoke tailoring to rival Saville Row will combine to establish a range that a modern day Brummel would unquestionably be dressed in.
In keeping with the objectives of Vice Commes, the chosen fabrics and cut will merge to fully appreciate a feeling of luxury. Sumptuous velvets, satins, cottons and silks have been used to create sharply tailored smoking jackets, blazers, shirts and trousers in a strong palette. Black, gunmetal grey, midnight purple, deep burgundy and frost white give a feeling of traditional elegance maintaining Vice Commesâ€™ overall ethos of time-honoured refinement. The silhouettes are fitted and sharp, with bow ties, cravats and other gentlemanâ€™s accessories to punctuate and finish the look.
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