We hear the Club Monaco ads were shot this weekend, and guess what? According to our sources, their entire collection is skinny little suits with slim cropped pants or long skinny shorts for the bottoms. The whole thing is so very Thom Browne, which is exciting for fashion-forward boys - and also presumably for Mr. Browne and his team, who must be looking at many menswear collections with a "told-you-so" kind of smirk. Brooks Brothers may not be so thrilled, but it was only a matter of time before Mr. Browne's shape trickled down to vaguely affordable outfits. It's a cool movement, but it also begs the question: How many guys out there are going to jump into a pair of skinny, short pants in April? If you're a guy, or the girlfriend-turned-fashion-stylist of one, do let us know.
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Club Monaco Gets it Right for Summer 2011
Yesterday afternoon, I escaped the rain momentarily to check out what Club Monaco has in store for next summer (which can't come soon enough). The light, beachy wears almost made me forget about the terrible weather outside and I left wanting to go on vacation--which is exactly what Club Monaco’s designer did to get inspired. For the second time, Club Monaco did a special “beach boutique” collection, for which the designer found inspiration on a trip to St. Bart’s. Basically, it’s an all-white (very on trend) collection of cute beach cover ups, plus this really amazing, simple long white tank dress that would look as appropriate at the beach as it would at a cocktail party. There were also a range of great imported hand woven straw totes. The early summer collections, which will be out in April and May, include a lot of things you’d expect from Club Monaco, a few things you wouldn’t and several things I loved. Occupying the first category were sequined tanks and dresses, lightweight knits and tees. Overall, there was less embellishment than I expected, which was a good thing. The brand is definitely stepping up their cool factor (as in their Carol Han-approved, Garance-shot, cool girl-modeled Fall lookbook). There was a lot of cream and nude, with pops of very light neon green. There were adorable scalloped-edge shorts, long pleated skirts, light peach-colored cardigans and white and navy horizontal striped shirts that somehow didn’t look redundant.