Black Sail by Nautica Spring 2014: The glory is in the details

While the men’s collection shown at the Black Sail by Nautica Spring 2014 show did not venture far from the brand’s core maritime style, the glory is in the details, as they say, particularly in the fabrics.

This is a luxury collection meant for practical use.  The looks were all characteristically functional and distinct in their purpose (everything from being out on the dock to going to your day job in a creative agency), but distinguished through the integration of lightweight tech materials, rubber-coated cottons and high-performance stretch fabrics.  One outfit seemed particularly appropriate for the gym, based on how comfortable the model looked while wearing the washed navy coated-cotton parka, chalk-colored cotton terry snap front sweater and grey French loop sweatpants, the last of which were surprisingly slim cut.

Layering was also frequently displayed, whether it was simply two crew shirts worn together or a more complex combination of fabrics and articles of clothing.  In one look, the model appeared ready to stylishly brace himself against a storm, wearing a navy stretch nylon scuba mockneck over a chalk-colored cotton tech-blend long-sleeve performance crew, both under a grey nylon shape-memory technical sport coat with multiple pockets.  The look’s nylon sail pants with canvas trim were rolled up to ankle-length, just in case flooding should occur, of course.

Photos: Nautica Spring 2014 – New York Fashion Week
all photos by Semon Tam for Meniscus Magazine