The Club Monaco look has always leaned toward urban dweller, stylish and decidedly modern but never too fashiony. For spring, New York City played muse for the retailer, with a women’s and men’s collection chock-full of great pieces.
Caroline Belhumeur, senior vice president of women’s apparel and accessories, chose a unique color palette and print story for each of the three deliveries, beginning with orange and a delftlike pattern worked into well-cut cigarette pants and airy intarsia sweaters that harkened back to the Eighties. The pink group showed vintage bead accents on dresses and a pretty blossom print on jeans, while the mint group featured minimalist blazers mixed with striped silk pull-on pants and a metallic tweed jacket with cuffed shorts. There was also a penchant for doubles, ranging from an A-line trenchcoat in double-faced khaki to orange cotton and a sweet double-collared blouse, not to mention a bevy of sleek double-knit pieces, some with tuxedolike stripes that Belhumeur called “the new suit.”
For men’s wear, vice president of men’s design Aaron Levin showed his second collection for the brand. It flowed seamlessly with similar pop colors and slightly more subdued prints that “pushed our guy stylewise but still respected him,” Levin said. Functional outerwear pieces (quilted or suede bomber jackets, an ikat-print field coat) were front and center, paired with colored khakis, 8-inch shorty shorts and slim-cut denim, while suiting was done in transitional fabrics and sometimes shown with waxed-linen sweaters.