The ultimate guide to fashionable and practical travel outfits from the Spring/Summer 2017 runway shows.
Oh les voyages! Moving around in today’s hectic world is perhaps one of the main characteristics of the 21st century. A passion, a lifestyle, a never-ending adventure. Traveling has become all of the above within a blink of an eye. There is something irresistibly enchanting about getting away from the routine and expanding the horizons of our experiences. The blasé generation – always hungry for novelty – views traveling as a miraculous kaleidoscope of new people, new places and new selves. Every trip slightly changes our egos; it opens doors that we might have never known existed. Undoubtedly, people want to reflect their state of mind through the outer appearance and their travel outfits thus meeting face to face with an old friend—fashion.
During the latest Fashion Weeks designers proposed a variety of extravagant outfits, luxurious textures and generous accessories. However, no one wants to be that one person going through the metal detector for the third time due to studs on the jacket or dangling jewelry. As a result, the secret recipe for fashionable traveling contains three main ingredients: comfort of the fit, practicality of the material and coverage to stay warm.
After careful selection and detective-like analyses, The Italian Eye nailed it down to five looks for men and five for women of different ages and lifestyles.
Here’s the ultimate guide to travel outfits from the runways of Spring/Summer 2017.
Chloé—Ensemble de la Parisienne
Women of all ages follow fashion; however, not all the designs are suitable for the more mature females. Nevertheless, Clare Waight Keller, Chloé’s creative director, presented an effortless set of long loose cotton trousers and shirt with slightly puffed three quarter sleeves. The monochromatic Breton stripes subtly reference the French uniform of navy seamen in Brittany, 1858. Interestingly, the shirt in this print originally had 21 horizontal stripes to represent each of Napoleon’s victories. This outfit, paired with flats and red lips, characterises a chic Parisian mademoiselle with no age attached.
Blumarine—Comfort Meets Chic
Another outfit that is soaked in the romanticism of the past is the one from Blumarine. The inspiration behind this collection is contained in a persona—Tina Modotti, Italian actress, model, photographer and political activist. The brown suit of rough work-like thick material is balanced with a belt that emphasises the waist and golden embroidery in the shape of leaves. Wrinkle-free, comfortable and durable, this look is a perfect travel choice, but it also can be worn in multiple other occasions.
Tommy Hilfiger—Sporty Street Style
How could we leave out the old favorite tracksuit, always one of the street style’s main attributes? Born in the 90s, the heroes behind this trend were not subject to fashion, but rather free-spirited individuals that were breaking the rules with the power of their youth. It is interesting to note that Tommy Hilfiger was one of the first American brand to be inspired by rappers and pop culture, bringing their style into fashion. More than twenty years later, we see a signature red tracksuit from Hilfiger at New York Fashion Week. Elasticated waist band, stretchy material and sneakers make this look perfect for traveling. Especially if worn by a young woman that is brave enough to show off a bit of her midriff.
Gucci—Key to a Mystery
Jumping to another side of the dichotomy, we present a mysterious and sophisticated runway look from Gucci. The collection as a whole goes into many different directions; however, this “Chanel-esque” look, with contrasting red trim against the navy wool, gives a futuristic vibe, with a hood and cropped pants worn under a straight cut skirt. The pieces can be worn separately, although paired together they create a cozy outfit that will allow you to stay warm in an air-conditioned space. And appear presentable after many hours on the road.
Trussardi—Daytime in Gold
In the outfit by Trussardi the attention is on the soft combination of gold and camel tones. Metallic loafers combine comfort and shine, while the backpack, tuned with the knitted jumper, keeps all your necessities while traveling, and spears you from back pains. Moreover, when the weather permits to show off some legs, longer shorts are an optimal compromise to stay away from skin contact with not-so-clean seats. The relaxed fit of the garments is a definite key for making it easier to be seated down for many hours straight.
Bottega Veneta—The Neutral Shades
Men also don’t want to lose their identity and personal style while traveling. This look from Bottega Veneta experiments with 1930s and ’40s workwear shapes, as well as with moleskin, also known as heavy cotton, used for the pants. The baggy fit of the carelessly rolled up, loose bottoms is compensated by the tight-fitting leather jacket. For Tomas Maier this collection was particularly special, as it signed the 50th anniversary of the Brand and 15th of his artistic direction.
To finish off the look, the man from Botttega Veneta carries a large suede tote – to store all the travel necessities – and dark brown shades, to hide potential dark circles.
Brunello Cucinelli—Masculinity of Youth
A younger and sportier look. Brunello Cucinelli incorporates neutral shorts, a polo t-shirt, and a wine-colored vest to stay warm and elevate the outfit. “Easy. Not constrictive” are the words that the designer used to describe this collection. However, due to the impeccable fit, the clothes do not appear too relaxed, and allow the wearer to stay presentable for the whole day. To finish off the look, a large bag combines leather and denim. A perfect mixture of durability and casualness. One can argue that there is something attractively masculine about seeing a man carrying a large top handled bag; and the designer definitely knows the trick.
Balmain—Born to Stand Out
Who said that one cannot make every head turn, even those who are rushing to their gates? Balmain has got all the lovers of extravagance covered. All it takes are bright colours and daring combinations. During the fashion show a live orchestra played hits from Sting and Phill Collins, in order to reincarnate the daring atmosphere of the 80s and 90s. Nostalgic, rebellious and loud.
The vivid turquoise jacket with a matching high neck top and gladiator inspired sandals were paired with juicy orange pants. To complete the statement outfit, models carried large blue suede shoulder bags, complementary to the orange. If a man dressed like this doesn’t personify confidence, then we cannot imagine who does.
Canali—The Subtle Statement
While on the bold side, an alternative way of wearing bright colours is by incorporating just one loud garment. So did Canali.
Fitted fiery red tailored cotton trousers with an intricate waistband show a peek of the white leather belt; the latter matches with a white and brown leather bag that can be worn in multiple ways. In order to keep the attire smart yet comfortable, a dun woven polo and a chocker-styled silk scarf add more texture to the look. Stylish, practical and warm—this outfit ticks all the boxes.
Alexander McQueen—Traveler’s Uniform
Lastly, it is important to remember that fashion is a form of art. It has its own symbols and metaphors, expressed through shapes or prints. Thus, Alexander McQueen presented a matching look that consisted of slightly cropped fitted trousers with a matching shirt and trench coat in a print that resembled envelopes with writings and stamps on them. Harley Hughes, McQueen’s head of menswear design, describes the overall vibe as “A ’60s guy, in London, going off traveling.” Only the white contemporary sneakers remind to a restless soul that it’ll be soon time to land.
Whether you choose to purchase the exact looks, or to use our selections as a point of reference, you now know that fashionable traveling is more than achievable without looking out of place. Explore new destinations, explore fashion, explore yourselves. And, most importantly, always stay true to your inner Christopher Columbus.