Last week I took a trip to Sandro at 6 Marylebone High St, London to take a look at the Parisian brands Autumn/ Winter 17 collection. Sandro is one of my favourite brands- noted for its simple, effortlessly chic and legendary Parisian style. It represents casual yet immaculate tailoring with a hint of rock’n’roll attitude, and in my opinion its at the the top of its game right now- very modern and very current.
For the AW17 Ilan Chetrite (the son of Sandro’s founders) reportedly immersed himself in street culture from the late 90s in Paris, and this is the foundation of the season’s inspiration. You’ll find a distortion of the classics and fundamentals but with a truly Parisian elegance.
There are wool and cotton straight leg trousers worn loose but sharply cut at the ankles; accentuating cleated derbies or German military inspired white sneakers. To complement said trousers there is khaki and navy zipped military knitwear finished with shoulder inserts, and yellow boiled wool knit with a vintage neckline.
Being winter there was a natural focus on sleeved pieces- cut from the highest quality materials, they reveal the brands’ “savoir-faire” with accentuated shoulders and length that contrast with skin-tight, nearly cropped jackets. The result is classic pieces such as the duffle-coat, being twisted in length and a three-quarter-length coat whose proportions have also been modified and can be found in several wools. The oversized aviator jacket is developed in a worn-touch leather, as if inherited or unearthed in a vintage shop- a truly lustworthy piece.
To finish and differing from the street culture pieces are tailored ones, expertly marrying elegance with formal practicality. Prince de Galles double-breasted suits are paired with white retro sneakers while Wall Street-like striped cotton poplin shirts are nonchalantly tucked in wool trousers. The look is unequivocally Parisian and resolutely casual.
I purchased: ‘Black destroy jeans – Skinny cut’, ‘Sweater in flecked cashmere’ in black and a ‘T-shirt with pocket and Amour flocking’ in white. The fit of the jeans superb, the feel and look of the sweater delightful and the t-shirt, a bit of fun.