Everyday scenes are the inspiration for the precisely tranquil world of Melinda Gloss. The brand’s latest offering is modest in its elegance, which is exactly how designers Remi de Laquintane and Mathieu de Menonvile like it. An air of nonchalance is present in their Spring/Summer 2016 collection, found through the exploration of classic 70s shapes, namely in thickly striped cropped shorts, denim pleated trousers and sleek loafers. At first glance, the clothes seem unassuming, almost like still life paintings in their ease. It’s at second glance that details, such as a plum windbreaker and contrasting floral printed button down along with boxy leather jackets, bright orange polo shirts and double-breasted blazers, seem to come to life. The casual nature of the era is updated with redefined silhouettes — thanks to the soft edges and careful tailoring —with jeans secured along the waist, boots minimalistically unadorned and trousers coming in a variety of slim and “mom” fit. The notion of not taking oneself too seriously is felt in the monochromatic looks, candy colored striped sweaters and especially, in a white cropped sports coat layered over a dusky blue dress shirt with sharp lapels.
It is through their label, the duo is redefining the role of modern menswear, taking inspiration from eras past to move their brand into the future. They have found the niche where refined taste doesn’t feel overwhelming or stuffy but rather, a sense of adventure is worn instead.