Fashion
  • Text Alex James Taylor
  • 3rd February 2017

Call of the wild

At the Diamond Horseshoe, the 40s nightclub beneath New York’s Paramount Hotel, John Varvatos closed this season’s New York Fashion Week: Men’s in a manner befitting the venue’s extravagant past.

Titled Wild at Heart, the designer’s staple pieces – sartorial overcoats, distressed moto jackets and killer Chelsea boots with statement zips –  came with added bite via hand-painted animal prints, from lynx to leopard and tiger to cheetah. Quite possibly inspired by one of Varvatos’ heroes, Iggy Pop. Remember that iconic image of Iggy in his cheetah jacket (created by John Dove and Molly White) on the back cover of 1973’s Raw Power? (Team it with a pair of circulation-cutting silver leather pants for the ultimate look.)

From jungle to city, Varvatos had all bases covered as urban nuances were evident throughout. Layers upon layers – debonair waistcoats upon silk shirts, calfskin coats upon suede jackets – formed a versatile wardrobe juxtaposing fabrics and textures to create tactile volume and keep that NYC chill at bay. Accessories completed each look, from fingerless gloves to fling-over-the-shoulder bags, ideal for any last minute escapades.

To a rousing soundtrack of indie karaoke classics including Spoon, The Bravery, The Last Shadow Puppets and The Killers, Varvatos’ FW17 man was in his element: headstrong and rock steady.