Following the success of Braille’s A/W10 debut, A Gentle Wake, founders Benjamin Vorono and Samuel Kientsch return with zeal, presenting the Spring/Summer 2011 collection, Colt, a celebration of freedom, speed and optimism. This time the designers splice the landscapes of the Agua Caliente Canyon of Palm Springs with the modernist design that defines that region. This is best translated in the Irish linen pleated blazer, reconstructing desert topography while sculpting the torso. Back seam trousers, cut in the same material, create a light and lean lower half. Shirts in cotton voile continue this lightness in sun faded shades of husk and frond, incorporating extended sleeve plackets to ease motion for the active gentlemen. A reversible cycling jacket is updated with a luminescent tweed back panel for night riders. Key pieces from last season, specifically the contrast blazer, straight leg jeans and waxed cotton poncho are offered in a more subdued colour palette of charcoal, sand and dust, while fastenings are hidden so not to distract. These elements develop the structure and form of the individual garments and the collection as a whole. With the launch of Colt, Braille remind us why they have won a reputation for design that has a strong but delicate touch, and continue their work re-imagining the modern wardrobe.
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