There is something luxurious and rich about cold climates. A truth no one wants to hear if you are living along the East Coast amid the effects of the polar vortex but it does not make it any less so. For the fall 2014 Nautica collection, scenes of frozen tundra inspired the rich multi-media fabrics which made up performance outerwear, tech pants and shells in the show.
Models sported ski headgear and boots styled with mix wool pants pulled up above the leg calf with a charcoal wool shell; carbon cotton resin cargos and nylon parkas with fox trim; and resin cargo pants with hand knit turtlenecks. It was rich textural looks after rich textural looks of matte and shine. Lightweight technical suits indicated the focus on utilizing modern techniques at Nautica and the results are the most significant collection the label has produced in seasons.
Prints were digitally created of icy mountainous scenes from black waters. The carbon stretch lambskin cargo pant will be a particular good seller to all the discerning men searching for high level casual options. The collection accomplished what was sought - to demonstrate the sexiness of extreme weather regions. Bare chested models with knit cardigans lazily slung on with cargo pants and knit caps was just a slight nudge on the sexy notion.
The mixed media was not overdone as some collections can often do. It was the right balance of innovation and richness for the Nautica man.