Go bold or go home seems to be the mantra for Calibre’s spring / summer 2012 collection. It seems apt for the Olympics are just getting started and Australians are ready to set a statement about who we are and what we represent. We already know what kind of bar was set at the opening ceremony, but what do real Australian men wear on a regular basis? The issue is that it’s always evolving. Unlike our friends across the pond, we don’t have a strong heritage to anchor ourselves to and more often than not, we look to exterior references. It’s a problem that Calibre encounters twice every year, as they interpret international trends into a form that’s easy to digest.
Calibre presents their latest collection as a “Guide to Impeccable Style”, hoping to break down barriers of smart dressing. Known for their suits, the designers take full advantage of it and coat jackets and trousers in a bright spectrum of red and blue so everyone can see. Reds are amplified to a fiery scarlet and the blue is an intense cobalt – blogger blue to some. Thankfully the silhouettes are kept minimal and the proportions classic, letting the vivid colours speak for themselves.
There’s certainly an air of precision that emanates from the clothes but Calibre keeps things relatable and down-to-earth with items such as a tobacco trouser or the ubiquitous crisp white shirt. The return of the smart polo in menswear also might help with pulling in Australian men who aren’t traditionally known for their sartorial ways. One in particular shows a sporty inventiveness; its racer grandad collar reminding me of cycling jerseys. Accessories also take a fun turn. The pocket square is officially renamed the “pochette”, just like how the cool kids on the blogosphere say it. Colourful leather belts, suede loafers and car shoes add a playful flair to the proceedings, completing Calibre’s cool and sophisticated look.
View the full spring 2012 look book from Calibre by clicking on the thumbnails above.