Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014
On September 6, 2013, Nautica premiered its spring 2014 line, Black Sail, on the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. The brand is best known for its adventurism in linking practicality and fashion. In this casual and wearable line, models were dressed in cotton shorts, light jackets, and capris. Black Sail stood out for its successful combination of brighter colors and neutral tones, as well as the variety of fabrics and materials used. All fabrics were high performance, shape-memory nylons, rubber-coated cottons, dynamic knits, and textural yarns. Each look shown was classic Nautica prep, but this time with a more contemporary edge. The emphasis was on lightweight knits and structured, water-resistant jackets.
Showing the first design of the night, model Danny Schwarz wore a hooded nylon trench coat that featured neutral color blocking, paired with a neutral color-blocked cotton-nylon rope sweater and stone-colored nylon pants with canvas trim. The look was altogether ready-to-wear and athletic.
Another look, debuted by model Sean O’Pry, was warm weather friendly. A stone-colored nylon windbreaker with a wide collar was paired with a black and chalk cotton-tech blend long-sleeved performance crew shirt. Gray and beige cargo shorts added a touch of casual to the design.
Garrett Neff modeled a washed navy coated-cotton parka—one of the more finely tailored looks of the night—with a chalk-colored cotton terry snap-front sweater and casual, yet chic, heather gray French loop sweatpants rolled up to the mid-calf for an effortless look.
Model Jae Yoo wore one of the show’s more striking outfits. A metallic blue laminated nylon hooded anorak, paired with a navy cotton-and-nylon boatneck sweater and tonal blocked nylon shape-memory board shorts, reflected the light dramatically as Yoo came down the runway.
In an exclusive backstage interview, Prive’s Creative Director Aaron Grenia, referred to the line’s “modern water-man” inspiration. The looks were very outdoorsy, but with a put-together and modern twist, less prep and more natural, straying ever so slightly from Nautica’s usual style. Grenia said he was instructed to simply use his fingers for the hair—no combs. The look achieved paired perfectly with the neutral, athletic looks that debuted on the runway.
Nautica is best known for its sporty prep style, but its leap into the athletic, yet practical, realm of fashion has left no Nautica lover disappointed. The neutral and natural style gives the wearer an effortless look of masculinity.
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