With its array of blue hues and breezy shapes inspired by the sea, Juan Avellaneda’s coastal origins were evident in his spring 2017 collection. Taking paintings by Japanese artist Kamisaka Sekka featuring abstract views of waves and mountains as his starting point — and also using them on a series of silk scarves and one linen sweater — Avellaneda traveled the world with this collection, offering up pleated Cuban guayabera shirts, Japanese minimalism and his very own Mediterranean contrast between casual and formalwear.
Integrating denim and sportswear references like sweatshirts for the first time, his proposition for spring was lighthearted and minimalist, but included his signature twist on tailoring, shirting and high-quality natural fabrics, sourced mainly from Loro Piana.
As well as silk and cotton, these included a range of linens, used in T-shirts, jackets and high tie-waist pants with pockets hidden within their wide pleats, as well as for knit items like fluid mesh polo shirts and sweaters. On his pale denim designs, the stitching was either invisible for a sharper look or highlighted by matching mustard piping details, as on a series of denim jackets in various shapes.
Delicate floral embroidery covered a tuxedo jacket and featured as the stripe on matching pants, evoking the olive groves of the Mediterranean and Japanese cherry blossoms, and made for one of the standouts in the collection.
Avellaneda also revealed his first collaborations, a tie-up with espadrille brand Castañer, including two traditional designs featuring laces with a rustic charm. A second partnership, with jewelry brand Rabat, involves an origami-inspired line of cuff links, rings and bracelets made of pink gold featuring stones including coral and lapis lazuli.