Details That Make a Difference
Photographed by Hanna Tveite
At a time when “craftsmanship” risks becoming a relative term, the difference is in the details: exquisite materials, elevated techniques, and thoughtful touches that distinguish the good from the great and the satisfactory from the sublime. They deserve a closer look. Zooming in on these points of distinction is an opportunity to single out some of fall’s most special pieces.
The Mod Metal Accent
Boldly scaled silver grommets and buttons combine function with jewelry-like forms.
The Statement Neckline
Traced by a subtle border and tonal topstitching, a broad collar sets the tone for clean, modern lines.
Invest in a coat that offers insulating warmth—and much more. For fall, Calvin Klein Collection creative director Francisco Costa emphasized the mod side of his modernist tendencies. His sharply cut coat in deepest green is accented with boldly scaled, carefully placed hardware that has the allure of jewelry, while a streamlined two-button style accents meticulous tailoring with a creamy hue.
The Wrap Tie
In an Italian-made blend of wool and cashmere, a side fastening refines a relaxed shape while adding an edge of asymmetry.
In a sea of sweater options, seek out those that offer a fresh take on soft silhouettes in the finest fibers. Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, renowned for their innovative approach to textiles, reimagined the sweater dress through a play of lines—ribbing, staggered edges, dropped shoulder seams, asymmetry—and tied it all together with a bow.
The Unexpected Closure
In place of typical buttons, a lone D-ring in gleaming, silver-toned metal balances the cozy ease of double-faced wool and cashmere.
The Breathable Lining
Derived from cotton, cupro is as smooth and silky as synthetics but is also breathable, with micropores that quickly absorb and release moisture rather than trapping it.
What lies beneath? When deciding upon which pieces deserve a place in your fall wardrobe, consider how each will feel against the skin. A double-faced coat or jacket can be the ultimate tactile indulgence, and even a touch of cashmere goes a long way to soften sturdier wools. A lining can shape and smooth a silhouette, but take note of the fiber: cotton and its equally breathable derivative, cupro, are especially desirable in the face of fluctuating temperatures.
The Secret Pocket
Keep essentials close and a silhouette sleek by making use of a borrowed-from-the-boys touch: an interior breast pocket secured by a button closure.