Nautica Fall 2013: Masculine sea-faring athleticism

Founded in 1983, Nautica celebrated its 30th anniversary this year by replacing its usual New York Fashion Week presentation with a runway show.  Inspired by the nautical expeditions of Sir Ernest Shackleton,  the men’s Fall 2013 Black Sail Collection does not veer far from the classic masculine sea-faring athleticism that the brand has been known for since its inception.

Besides the usual performance-grade outerwear and puffy vests in solid primary colors, what was surprising was the number of weekend casual looks for the times when the Nautica man decides to step off his vessel.  Trim cashmere, wool and herringbone single-breasted jacket options were grouped with basic sweaters and equally simple wool pants.  Comfortably luxurious cableknit sweaters were perfect for wearing around the fireplace after a day spent sailing.

Also noteworthy was the usage of fur trim on the more gentile coats fit for cold city days.  One amusing look consisted of a black wool duffle coat with navy blue fur trim around the hood, worn with preppy yellow cotton pants.