“Retirement houses are an eternal source of inspiration for me.” It’s an unlikely statement coming from Lucio Castro, a designer who usually trades in bright colors and boyish silhouettes, but one that makes perfect sense in the context of his latest collection. Lucio Castro's Fall/Winter 2014 muse has begun the inevitable passage into manhood—or at least he feels ready to make the transition, first and foremost by sneaking into his grandfather’s wardrobe to steal a set of tapered trousers and a pair of soft leather loafers, the latter of which were inspired by the Argentinian footwear staple that Castro grew up wearing. In addition to evoking a bit of his childhood in South America, Castro also sought to update the turn of the century Parisian after discovering André Gide’s controversial novel The Immoralist, originally published in France in 1902. That explains this collection's darker color palette as well as the leather baseball caps, graphic tees, and impeccably slim-tailored suits, all of which wouldn't look the slightest bit out of place on the backs (or heads) of the mischievous youth roaming the streets of Paris today. Amongst the more directional looks (inventively styled by Benjamin Sturgill with something resembling a “neck sock”) were a host of classic items like buffalo plaid shirts, chunky sweaters, and cropped outerwear, all of which are certain to be in heavy rotation in Castro’s customer’s arsenal come next fall no matter where—or when—he chooses to draw his sartorial inspiration from.
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