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Carlos Campos #SS2016

Why am I looking at a collection featuring polo shirts and track suits? Because it's my job. The suit-with-shorts look figured prominently in the S/S 2016 RTW collection by Carlos Campos, and we also saw belted suits and sleeveless suit coats. Trying to reinvent the classic men's suit is a losing proposition, based on a style that has barely changed over the last century.

Said Campos, “For this spring season, I was inspired by the idea of the traveling nomad who wanders the depths of the forest. With the lush forest backdrop in mind, the collection layers sleek pieces in deep hunter greens and burnt auburn reds.” With the

exception of the shorts-suit and sleeveless jackets, there was little indication that this was a Spring/Summer collection. If I were a traveling nomad wandering the depths of the forest, I would have chosen something entirely different.

Honduran-born Campos did show more classic suits with the modernization of a wrap-belt, and they were very attractive, but the shorts-suits and play clothes (accessorized with white running shoes and calf-length black socks) seemed more appropriate for an octogenarian beachcomber in Florida.

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