You can’t help but feel the foreign vibe permeating through Ernest Alexander’s spring 2014 collection. The foundation might be American, but the air has a far more European breeze about it. Deservedly so – the notion of the American gone abroad inspires here, drawn from Ernest Alexander’s own experience of living in Venice (Italy, not Florida). But this is no collection to reminisce about the Grand Tour of yore. Thoroughly modern, it adopts the new-prep silhouette and sets it against muted colours and prints from the likes of Liberty.
New-prep is Transatlantic in its being, merging foreign understandings of the style. Trimmer than its American heritage and subtler than its British one, Ernest Alexander plays to it perfectly. That mightn’t have been the designers intention – in becoming Transatlantic, prep has lost much of what set it apart in the past and become mainstream, palatable to all.
That’s great for Alexander. Which well toned guy wouldn’t fancy spending their summer in a standout interpretation of the three-piece short suit? And who wouldn’t want an double-breasted blazer in olive for their more casual moments? Both are perfect summer wardrobe additions.
For everything that is Transatlantic, Ernest Alexander’s spring 2014 collection keeps its New York vibe. The Liberty prints might sit better for London lads that their New York counterparts, but not all of the collection’s prints are so cross-Atlantic. A camouflage briefcase from the collection has strong appeal but serves as a reminder that camouflage print remains a stronger men’s trend in the US than elsewhere.
You can see all of the Ernest Alexander spring / summer 2014 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.
Photography by Dan Lecca.