Richard James, for SS16, offered an effusive men’s fashion serving of tropical eccentricity and we loved it.
Tropical references have been a stylistic go-to for a number of menswear designers. But after the rapture of the Richard James SS16 collection, My Green Trauma, we are compelled to crown Toby Lamb the head-to-toe boss of tropical inspired menswear!
The collection took its tropical utopian cue from the verdant thick of the Mexican jungle. Vividly summery, the collection flawlessly fused fabrics, prints, and colours with the exacting tailoring of Savile Row.
The first ensemble, a lush total-floral (head-to-toe) sartorial stunner, showcased the brand’s embrace of the art of statement making and set the tone for a colour-filled affair. Cool wools, perennial linens, and linen-cotton blends provide for lightness and depth in searing climates. Prints, playful and plentiful, journeyed us to a faraway with jungle flowers, camouflage, and bamboo. All played out against base colours of petrol, emerald green, and navy, which were juxtaposed by piercing accents of blood red, turquoise, and orange.
My Green Trauma, with its breathable ensembles of sub-tropical compositions, offered some of the most relevant pieces for the summertime season—and for tropical escapades. This collection demonstrates that Richard James is very much attuned with the stylistic desires of the man who’s tropical at heart.