Mood board: The carefree attitude of the Californian coast was a touchstone for Boss this season – its first womenswear showing since the departure of former creative director Jason Wu. Under the stewardship of chief brand officer Ingo Wilts, the collection drew inspiration from coastal cities and the modern houses overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This translated into pieces that displayed both an architectural sensibility and a surf-inspired feel. Geometric prints that echoed surfboard stripes, utilitarian drawstring details on tailored pieces and parkas made from neoprene-like wool were just some of the ways that the two became one.
Best in show: Tailoring, always a Boss signature, was an alluring fusion of clean elegance and laid-back charm. Softer structures and airy, textured fabrics like crinkled cotton and paper-touch cloth brought a relaxed, summery feel to suits for both men and women, especially when teamed with shades like light teal, orange and soft blush. Blouses and skirts also exhibited a keen attention to detail, as seen through precise pleating and crinkling that was achieved by hand. The addition of unexpected utilitarian details such as drawstrings and contrasting stitching also brought a sport-inspired flair.
Finishing touches: Large, versatile tote bags and elegant leather bucket bags helped to perpetuate the all-occasions feel of the collection. Finished off with sporty rubberised sneakers, derby shoes for men and strappy sandals with geometric heels for women, Boss’ latest incarnation is perfectly suited for modern living.