As plenty of collections pass us by, our brains pick and choose the pieces we can see ourselves in. You may be a stylist, looking for shoot essentials or you may be a consumer, basking in the eye candy that will someday be your future wardrobe. Amidst the hyped shows, I found bask-worthy menswear that spoke to me as an individual. It was one of those rare moments where each piece was something I had, wanted or needed. Creep S/S 2011 might as well be called the Kevin Naulls collection.
Looking past the bearded model (above), – which admittedly is hard to do – you’ll notice the aesthetic of Creep continues in a very casual direction with emphasis on patterns, textures and color for interest.
A pair of formal footwear is mixed with an above-the-knee khaki short – paired with a tonally matched button up, the look could read UPS, but the red jacket with contrast white stitching adds a necessary layer to complete the look.
A denim jacket is a closet staple that peeks out every spring, but the mixture of patterns from Creep show how versatile it can be. A towelket boxpleat short is not only unique, but it adds focus to the minimalism of denim and a verticle striped button up makes the complete head-to-toe look a bit more exciting, since spring is a chance to work with light layering. Don’t fall victim to the routine of v-neck shirts and lackluster short shorts. The hipster era of essential dressing should be a mode of the past. Creep instructs men to be more bold and I couldn’t agree more with their direction.
I have played with lined pants before, but I have never been wholly satisfied with the cuffed outcome. Often the result seems cheaper to the eye, and for that reason it is not successful. But Creep’s contrast stripe lining balances the heavy pattern-play on top and also highlights the sockless footwear. Creep makes a very conscious statement – if you are going to wear heavy patterns on top, then your pants and footwear need to be fairly simple. When an outfit competes with itself, the outcome is often a scattered aesthetic, which will get you noticed for all of the wrong reasons.
Creep brings us the return of their florals, but in a muted/antique colour palette. The fit of the shorts seems a little off to me – they fit the model nicely, but they look almost tapered which is not something most people latch onto in the warmer months. What I do like about this look is how tailored each piece is. When mixing suiting with a short, it can read bros-on-holiday, but there is a refinement to Creep’s pieces that goes beyond the cargo short or the basic blazer. Although the short makes this a more casual ensemble, there is a sophistication to the “dress up” nature of the toppers – a white collar button-up finishes off the adventurous print, while the high shorts lengthen the leg, showcasing a shoulders-back-stand-straight silhouette.
Creep’s customer will always be Creep’s customer because the focus is never on trend-of-the-moment design. Each piece is well crafted, offering a bevy of separates that could add to most men’s wardrobes in a significant way. You may not be a floral or a plaid kind of guy, but adding to your wardrobe’s classic staples (i.e. khaki pants, cashmere cardigans) is something that never goes out of style.