Harry Rosen preview events are always fantastic because they give a gorgeous glimpse into the next season’s vision. Among the strategically placed mannequins and freshly polished shoes on the second floor of the Royal Conservatory of Music, I was expecting to discover a great seasonal find. Sadly the great finds didn’t quite make it to the preview. According to the buying team they struck menswear gold and the good stuff is hurdling towards their Bloor Street store for August. This year the Harry team once again chose to fea
ture Lanvin, Tom Ford, Versace and John Varvatos shoes as the less conservative labels for their theme of ‘high-end heritage.’
What’s high-end heritage? Think English country manors, fox hunting, and high tea. I know you are rolling your eyes and thinking even Madonna gave up that look after she dumped Guy Ritchie. Yes it has been done to death, but what if their version mixed a great Etro shirt, under a studded Versace cardigan worn with velvet Tom Ford pants? Now I’ve got your interest.
So why should you shop at Harry Rosen this fall when the Prince-Charles-conservatism-and-country-quaint look is so
not you? Heritage doesn’t necessarily mean staunch or boring. The great thing about Harry Rosen is there is so much to chose from, like Madonna, one can reinterpret this concept and make it your own. — Max MacDonald