Turtleneck - Forget the Dickey
Thank God its Fashion! Still on men’s fashion for one final appointment for Italian men’s fashion Fall/Winter 2006-2007. Often overlooked but extremely important is the shirt. While the traditional good quality cotton with stiff collars and cufflinks are the base, this year’s addition is the turtleneck. Fashion often picks up themes again and again over the years. In the late 60s and early 70s, turtlenecks were the fad. From Starsky and Hutch to Miami Vice the turtleneck was there. As a young pup, about 8 years old, I remember having several turtlenecks and even more dickeys. I am not sure whether my mother thought they looked good or whether it was a substitute for the wool scarf. Either way I had a dickey in every color and for every occasion. Please do not be like my mother, buy the whole shirt!
The designers have brought back the turtleneck for the Fall/Winter 2006/2007. The clean and tight fit of the turtleneck creates a perfect base for the layered, heavy look of this year’s creations. Primarily solid darker colors the turtleneck creates a backdrop for the patterns and textures presented. Enrico Coveri uses the turtleneck as a base for his more casual styles combining both leather jackets and cashmere cardigans.
Valentino sees the turtleneck as a standalone. He presents a clean and natural look without a lot of clutter. Needless to say the knits are luxurious. They are soft as velvet and flow like silk. The collar has just enough elastic to keep it in place without the impression of being slowly strangled to death.
Versace seems to use the turtleneck to give a clean and solid base, usually placed strategically underneath and open jacket or overcoat. Perhaps the thought is that the turtleneck completes the outfit. I also noticed that while the Valentino fit loosely, evidencing the fabric, the Versace turtleneck tightly hugged the body.
Whether the turtleneck be an accessory or a base element, one thing is for sure, the turtleneck is back and here to stay for the next few years. Extremely functional as part of an outfit or standalone with a pair of jeans it can be worn from the first cool weather well into the winter season when the temperatures drop. It is something worth looking into to complete your wardrobe. Remember dark colors and never a dickey.
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