Menswear for a gentleman spy in Panama: Roccobarocco

RoccoBarocco’s Milan fashion week (MFW) show started out shirtless, colourful, almost preppy. The vibrant colour stayed steadfast for a spell while the style of the clothing shifted around it, taking the RoccoBarocco man from the beach to the dinner table – and the bar. The underlying inspiration for spring / summer 2013 was the sun-drenched locale of Panama; an inspiration that shines through in the dandy colours, the lightweight fabrics, and the accessories; the reinvention of the Panama hat, and tufts of raw-edged fabric replacing the strict pocket square.


In all that RoccoBarocco owes a debt to John Boorman’s cinematic interpretation of The Tailor of Panama, but it’s one that’s openly aknoweldged and mixed cleverly with ‘neo-hippy’ bohemian tones. The modern-day Panama gentlemen wears his double breasted jacket with a nonchalant crinkle, his pants rolled up with loosely-laced canvas hightops, and he’s willing to forgo the button up shirt in favour of a printed tee. These were the best looks of the show – the ones that mixed formal, tailored elements with youthful details – ones that bordered the flamboyant but didn’t become too much. Don these if you want to channel the mystery of a Le Carre character – a modern day spy soaking up the balmy night air of Panama.

You can see all of the Roccobarocco spring / summer 2013 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.

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Photography by Imaxtree