Stitch Menswear unearthed many brands for me, some new, some old and some like Selected that I didn’t expect to find. Menswear is often dubbed an area of fashion that isn’t necessarily trend lead. But when I witnessed a room filled with brands that each had their own version of the Barbour jacket for A/W’11, I beg to differ. Trends may not change as quickly or be as radical as womenswear but they certainly help to shape the menswear fashion sector. Danish brand, Selected seems to defy this rule. Selected comprises two different menswear brands, Selected Homme and Selected Jeans the former being formalwear and the latter casual, both of which have presented something different for next season.
Selected Jeans has taken inspiration from The American Old West for Autumn/Winter 2011. The collection draws on the broad landscapes of California on the Cowboys riding through Nevada and on the dry heat of Texas to evoke an epic feel of the great West. Functional clothing is paramount as the clothing of The Old American West was worn until it fell apart. Bleached jeans and dusty pallets dominate a collection made to last but one that looks like it may not.
Selected Homme is a little more modern. The Modernist collection draws from timeless retro classics from 1950s and 60s Mod London. Slim suiting inspired by Saville Row tailoring pays homage to the Golden era of men’s tailoring. Suits teamed with duffle coats and Vespas kick in retro and youthful rebellion.
Stocked: Denmark, Germany, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Ukraine and Sweden.