photography by Tommy Ton for the 2011 A/W AMI Paris show
Parts & Form is very much rooted in timeless basics and, while we sporadically feature avant-garde pieces, our end goal is a comprehensive wardrobe that reflects both individual flair and timeless style.
This week’s issue is pulled from an AMI Paris Autumn/Winter 2014 runway show. I understand runway fashion is the antithesis of the Parts & Form ethos and the notion of street style. Yet while I tend to avoid the obscurities of high fashion runways, AMI Paris presents an exceptionally ready-to-wear collection of timeless winter essentials.
Bringing with him experience from powerhouses like Marc Jacobs and Givenchy, Alexandre Mattiussi founded his own label AMI Paris in 2011. With just enough flair, Mattiusi’s AMI skillfully navigates high fashion with his easy classics at accessible price points. Mixing traditionally British fabrics with sleeker, more contemporary silhouettes, AMI has become a favorite for men’s basics. Stocked almost immediately by industry leaders including Barneys and Opening Ceremony, AMI is the definition of brand goals.
Altogether, the Autumn/Winter 2014 styling is high-low fashion at its best. We pulled one of our favorite ensembles from the collection that embodies a winter favorite.
Nick Jonas Knows the Key
Don’t let his Disney past deceive you, because Nick Jonas is actually an underrated lifestyle icon. Forget the fact that his track record of girlfriends has been 10/10. We have to admit Nick Jonas has an eye for style.
This AMI plaid coat is so eye-catching even Nick Jonas wore it. Aptly dubbed the “Gray Plaid Prince of Wales Coat”, the double-breasted coat is striking.
Learn to Outerwear
Pairing a traditionally British patterned coat with a contemporary hoodie + button up look, this ensemble is an understated Parts & Form favorite.
KEY: Wear down traditionally dressier garments with casual pieces to always feel at ease.
The lesson to be learned here is to anchor an outfit with remarkable outerwear. Constructed around hues of navy and grey and mixing formal and casual wear, AMI Paris teaches us the key to winter wear.
Mattiussi’s Theory of Relativity
While Mattiussi admits he isn’t “pushing the fashion”, he showcases the potential in building a label around quality fabrics, detailed cuts and, overall, menswear essentials. From prominent double zippers on shearling jackets to tapered “carrot cut” wool trousers, the collection can be interpreted as a contemporary collection based on a traditional menswear template. Because, in reality, practicality is the key.
As someone who breaks his credit limit on clothes to be worn once and never again, readers might be eager to scoff at me for speaking on the subject of practicality. But—guys—practicality is relative. Just like how $300 for a pair of Common Projects is relatively affordable and how $11 for an avocado toast is relatively a good deal (+$5 for egg).
Take a glance at AMI Paris here