A Playful Palette of Spring Textures
Photographed by Hanna Tveite
The spring 2016 collections offer chromatic options—golden tan or cool flax, warm cream or bright white, lively blues or deep blacks—made especially distinctive by the fabrics with which they are matched. From the velvety suede of Loewe’s artfully folded skirt to the fluid silk of a polished pajama shirt from Protagonist, texture imparts new character to even the most nuanced of neutral hues. This season, build a palette based upon touch as well as color. Consider this playfully named set of six your starting line-up.
Feminine ease meets menswear-inspired tailoring in the spring 2016 Protagonist collection. Along with whites, blacks, blues, and a smattering of stripes are softer tones such as the warm cream of a textured crepe halter dress. Carmelized hues come through in a sleek sweater made of ultrafine merino wool and an exquisitely touchable take on the typical trench—in soft calfskin suede.
Long associated with the humble sweatshirt, heathered grey is easy to underestimate. The texture of ribbed knitting elevates this casual hue in Vince’s open-neck polo, which combines quiet dimension, precise lines, and a modern fit with a hint of cashmere. The same qualities come through in the form of a sleeveless turtleneck.
Renowned for its petite couture expertise, the house of Pallas has made a signature of the custom-made suit. The Parisian atelier’s spring 2016 collection expands that touchstone into the realm of shirting—and mixed materials. A feminine take on the white tuxedo shirt brings together disparate textures: crisply woven cotton and airy mesh.
A knowledge of and sympathy with the qualities of the materials used are essential to proper treatment.Alexander Calder
Seasonless in appeal but primed for spring in silk-infused twill, Protagonist’s modern version of a classic cigarette pant adds subtle yet special details to the tapered-fit classic. The sleek black trousers are accented by a front pintuck and understated ankle zips.