It’s been delightful to watch the way the sophisticated Bugatchi collection has been evolving under the watchful eye of Anthony Keegan in the last few seasons. While still providing a solid core of salable knits, shirts, cabana sets, and so much more, the complete collection is dead-on trend. It dresses men for today’s workplace, which seems to be evolving from a casual, comfortable feeling to something dressier and more elegant. The palette is sort of dusky, with silhouettes that easily move from a weekend at a resort (which provides the backdrop for the season campaign shot by Stefano Galluzi), to evenings out the town, while satisfying the new, comfort-focused office dress code.
The collection was also staged last Friday, in conjunction with the kick-off of New York Fashion Week, in Bugatchi’s studio-like upper east side showroom. Beyond the buttery-soft, lightweight suede outerwear, we absolutely fell in love with a glove-like leather bomber that reverses to nylon that every store should have in its inventory next season (and at an MSRP of $1498, why not?). Also a favorite, a palm silhouette motif that was represented both as an exploded print and as an engineered knit jacquard in spring-weight sweaters.