Clothes that work from day to evening — par for the course in women’s wear — seem to be a talking point in men’s this season. John Varvatos moved in a different direction, experimenting with ways to give formalwear a casual attitude.

The designer’s signature frock coats, tailcoats and cutaway jackets came in a variety of distressed fabrics: crinkled silk and snakeskin, washed and dimpled suede, and dégradé wools for that “lived-in patina,” the show notes crooned. A palette of dusty colors further knocked the stuffing out these romantic, dressed-up looks.

But it was hard to imagine where these men were going in their rumpled Victorian finery, tasseled scarves or leather suspenders dangling. Jeans and slim linen pants traced with zippers best captured the designer’s rock ’n’ roll soul.

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