marni's s/s 2014 men's collection pairs utilitarian details and a sharp idea of contemporary properness, and has coime up with a number of understated pieces. the focus is on precise lines and contrapositions of volumes: clothes are purely about shape and form. there's a lab-like feel in the way classic pieces are reinterpreted, constructed and layered, resulting a modern and versatile simplicity. the compact wardrobe is suited for all conditions. there's a multi-purpose cape that can be arranged in different ways depending on needs. a zip-up parka is reduced to its essence getting a longer length, and zippered bombers and leather hooded blousons have an impalpable assertiveness. prints are used with defining precision: etched checks on outerwear, micro-cubes and outsized dots on shirts, screened dots like graphic marks on crisp white shirts.
the colour palette is pragmatic with tones of blue, white, cream, black, and spiced up with tightly controlled dashes of yellow and green. the used fabrics are compact and light, and also dry to the touch: washed cotton gabardine, mélange cotton, indigo/white denim, waxed cotton/linen denim, yarn-dyed cotton, parachute cotton/linen toile, quilted cotton. as for the accessories, these are pared down, smart, and simple. this season marni has collaborated with german illustrator + typographer katja schwalenberg, who created a series of layered lino-cut prints - floral elements, leaves, a playful creature - that have been screened onto white shirts and tees. shown here are five looks of marni's s/s 2014 men's collection that we particularly like.