Monday, April 26, 2010
Club Monaco Spring 2010
This apparently hit the web while I was away so I figured I would chime in with my 2 cents if you guys don't mind. Overall, I think things look pretty good - nothing incredibly original, but what is these days anyway? It's tough to look at anything from Club Monaco and not see shades of Polo (the giant acquired Club Monaco in 1999), but what surprises me the most is the obvious influence from some other brands. The J. Crew effect continues its reign of sartorial dominance here. Everything from the styling (i.e. rolled jeans and chinos with sockless hardbottoms) to fit, though this stuff appears less lean, seems to have a soft spot for what Frank has been doing with his team for the past few seasons. You can even see a little bit of Thom Browne/Black Fleece in the jacket and trouser proportions - kudos on the diesel cuffs. What really got me though was the madras suit (matching jacket, pants and tie), which is a pretty obvious Engineered Garments snipe. I have no problem with wearing your influences on your sleeve so no harm, no foul in my eyes. The one sad thing is that I really want to buy some of this stuff, but CM is making it difficult for me to spend my hard earned money by refusing to open an online store. I'm not sure what the rationale is for all this forgone revenue, but I hope it's not a "too good for a webstore mentality" because I would just buy all this from Polo if I had the money.