NEW YORK FASHION WEEK: MEN’S SPRING 2017 RUNWAY SHOW
For his Spring 2017 collection, and to kick-off New York Fashion Week: Men’s, Joseph Abboud hosted an intimate breakfast before presenting his new collection comprised of 28 looks. The season was influenced by Ernest Hemingway, giving a nod to the American voyager. A man hungry for knowledge and adventure who collects his rich, softly tailored wardrobe of linen, silk, and cotton as he explores the world, from New York and Paris, to Havana and Madrid.
“This collection was a very personal endeavor for me. Having studied at the Sorbonne, I spent my 21st birthday in Paris, and celebrated with one of my professors in a café outside of Notre Dame,” Abboud says. “As the clock struck midnight, he handed me Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, and highlighted the passage that read: ‘If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.'”
With a palette of ivory, chocolate, white, sand, flax, and tobacco, Abboud’s clothes are simultaneously tailored and informal, thus ensuring the Spring 2017 man is ready for whatever unexpected expedition might await him. Printed linen and rustic jacquards lend a bold elegance to raw, deconstructed suits and separates, which allow the textiles to take on a life of their own. These clothes are substantial—just like the men who wear them—but the fabrics have an organic, heirloom quality that exudes an anything-goes confidence and an effortless sophistication that is inherently American.
About Joseph Abboud
Since the age of sixteen, Joseph Abboud has been passionate about fashion. He started his career in menswear at Louis of Boston and later Polo Ralph Lauren. In 1987, Joseph Abboud launched his own eponymous label. Shortly after its debut, Abboud was accorded numerous honors including the distinction of being the only designer to have received the coveted Menswear Designer of the Year twice in a row (1989 & 1990) from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Other awards and honors include The Cutty Sark Award for Most Promising Menswear Designer in 1988, the first Woolmark Award for Distinguished Fashion in 1989 and again in March of 1993, and Person of the Year award from the American Apparel & Footwear Association in 2016.
Abboud joined Tailored Brands Inc. (NYSE: TLRD) as its Chief Creative Director in December 2012. Abboud was reunited with his namesake brand in August 2013 when Tailored Brands Inc. acquired JA Holding Inc., the parent company of the celebrated American clothing brand, Joseph Abboud. Abboud re-launched his label, reestablishing the brand as a sophisticated modern-American lifestyle collection. The Joseph Abboud designer collection launched in October 2014 on Joseph Abboud.com and is now available at the Joseph Abboud Flagship Store in New York City. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @JosephAbboud and Facebook.