Friday August 21st marked the final day of TOM*, Toronto Men’s Fashion Week, and opening for the final runway was French Designer Ivan Lehec. Robust, sophisticated and intellectual quality are what one should expect from Finezza – Au Nom De L’Homme Spring/ Summer 2016 Collection.
A 19th century impressionist-inspired, Lehec’s collection is like stepping into George Seurat’s painting, a Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. But perhaps what is more impressive about Lehec collections is that it reflects the style and practice of dandyism, illustrating a gentlemen’s characteristic of poise and poetry. Finezza’s collection illustrates an artistic presentation of the body that can be traced back to aesthetics of France’s original dandy, Charles Baudelaire.
Like the other notable dandies of the 19th century, it would appear that the goal of Finezza’s collection is to give a chance for men to create a personal form of originality through dress. The overall 17-piece, tailor-made collection is packed with sophisticated neutrals, distinguishing curves, and impeccable lines. While it is clear that this collection aims to promote the self, the promotion presented is a promotion of intellectual pose, rather than a promotion of fashionable consumption.
Found in Lehec’s love and choice of material goods, Finezza’s collection reflects an era where men dressed for moral and artistic principles. From a modest beginning, working in retail, to having his own designer label showcased in Paris and Montreal, three years later Lehec’s line has been providing men with a unique personal at home, and in-store services.
From fabric to fit, Finezza- Au Nom De L’Homme is a true reflection of a modern day gentlemen.