The Phillip Plein Spring/Summer 2017 Menswear collection was a switch up from the punky spiked and superhero looks of the most recent collections. Don’t hate the player- SS17 is ballin’: Basketball inspired leather shorts, orange and black contrasting leather varsity jackets, hooded leather moto jackets and vests, bomber jackets, and bulky tongue and strapped light-up sneakers hit the catwalk. At first glance it seems Plein was marching to the beat of his own drum, but then as the denim looks came out a nineties nod becomes apparent. As with the superhero collection, there was a playfulness to the athletic stripes and mascot patches placed on blazers- it was sexy, young, sporty- but still ready to wear fashion. I loved the hooded leather jackets and vest, the contrast patch french terry joggers, tanks, tees… Fret not, those moto leather pants reared their heads again, paired with a star spangled blazer (stars like that always takes me back to Givenchy’s athletic inspired collection). Speaking of athletic looks, this collection is more athleisure and wearable than others we’re seeing…including those inspired by travel.
Jerseys and jackets were shown in perforated, top stitched, and honey-comb top stitched leather. Phillip Plein delivered season after season with a range of salable separates- as he did for SS17; graphic t-shirts, caps, hoodies, sneakers, shorts, suiting- it was fun yet wearable athletic-inspired fashion.