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Nautica  NY Fashion Week Spring 2007

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With the final bits of frost beginning to melt away, visions of blossoming trees, sprouting flowers, and chirping birds appear all around. It has officially happened, spring has finally sprung. This season Nautica introduces a wonderful collection with a variety of pieces to keep the Nautica man cool, comfortable, and fashionable. From a great selection of short sleeve woven shirts to a wide of array bottoms, the spring ’07 collection meets the needs of the active man while keeping him effortlessly stylish.

KEY ITEMS Standing barefoot on a deck warm from hours beneath the beaming sun, you look up and shield your eyes. The grass is growing greener, the sky is pale blue, and weeds are beginning to peek through slats in the dry wooden deck. The key Items this season are inspired by the sun bleached colors of spring. These pieces are equally versatile and vibrant, offering a color pallet that is easy to match with other items. Shorts herald in the beginning of warmer weather, especially when paired with Nautica’s new designs in tops. The Deck Shirt, Nautica’s latest offering, is stitched to perfection with the benefit of the wonderfully soft hand of light, airy Pacific Pima Cotton. In the signature fit, Nautica has upgraded the classic solid short sleeve shirt with a luxury long staple cotton fabric. New design details have been added, including the signature Nautica floatie. This classic shirt is also available in a smooth jersey fabrication to be paired with blasted shorts and flip flops for a more casual look. Inspired by seafaring heritage, the spring 2007 includes fun weathered knit shirts with embroidered or appliquéd signal flags for the signature Nautica touch. In addition to the soft touch poplin woven shirts are a selection of “tea” stained cotton poplin plaids and stripes, easy to wear and comfortable, and great for creating an effortless and fashionable look when paired with khaki pants and shorts. For spring 2007 the Anchor re-orderable cargo short has been reinvented in weathered, soft touch cotton twill. With authentic military detailing and comfortable fit and feel, this short offers a vintage military look, perfect when paired with a basic fitted tee. In swimwear, longer lengths and new softer nylon fabrications have been added. To bring back a hint of fun into the collection, updated solid cargo swim trunk as well as a great selection of prints will now be offered as well. Competition swim introduces a new polyester and bamboo fabrication with performance features, soft hand feel, a great quick dry property, and a new “seam sealed” trunk, constructed without the use of a needle and thread. For spring 2007 Nautica combines functionality and fashion to create a seamless innovative garment that performs as well as it wears.

DRESS BLUES As spring arrives, things start to get hectic at the office. Files have to be delivered, e-mails must be read, blackberries are ringing, and you have to go out for drinks with a client at nine. Nautica’s Dress Blues collection is classic and crisp, inspired by the Nautica man who is ready for a day at the office and doesn’t have the time to stop home before a night on the town. Hints of Cranapple Red accentuate the shades of blues and whites, adding a splash of color to the pallet. Traditional woven shirts are modernized with stripes, checks, and plaids in fine textured fabrics. The short sleeve knit shirts are enhanced with new jacquard stripes and allover patterns to create texture. Pima cotton and mercerized jersey give these shirts a clean and luxurious look and feel. The shirts can be paired with a dress pant and topped with a tropical wool navy blazer to create a sharp and finished look.

ISLAND by NAUTICA A soft island breeze jostles the rich green leaves of a palm tree as glassy blue green waves break on the shore. The vibrant colors and airy feel of island living is inspiration for Island by Nautica. A collection of silk shirts and silk blended bottoms keep you stylish and cool during those warm island nights. Pair with flip flops or moccasins for an effortlessly sophisticated look. In tops short sleeve woven shirts in solids and tropical prints add splashes of color, and a 100% silk pique knit shirt reinforces the refined casual look of the collection.

OCEAN REEF Sun beats down and drenches the shore, waves lapping against twinkling sand. Nautica has taken the effervescent colors of the shores, combining the blues of the water and sky with sand and sun yellow to create the Ocean Reef collection. The result is a casual, comfortable line inspired by a carefree seaside lifestyle. Knit shirts are detailed with watercolor designs and water effects created by dip, space, and pigment dyeing. A striped lightweight sweater with gradation of color is the signature piece of this collection, perfect paired with classic, clean white trousers. Printed watercolor tropical silk shirts and space dyed plaid woven shirts add to the unique look of the collection allowing the Nautica man to create a look that is truly his own.

SAND DUNE Rolling hills of golden silky sand stretch as far as the eye can see. Floating scents of saffron and paprika evoke thoughts of crisp fired bread and fresh barbequed food. Nautica’s Sand Dune collection takes inspiration from the bohemian feel of far off deserts as well as the scents and colors of rich smelling spices, piled high in burlap sacks. Shades of coral, steel blue and brown are offset by neutral sages and off whites. The collection utilizes interesting color combinations that all pair perfectly with navy or khaki bottoms. In tops the knit shirts use slob jersey and micro pique textures to create surface interest, integral to each piece’s interesting hand feel and look. Woven shirts have fine line work patterns, leno weaves and dobbies adding further visual interest. In bottoms, linen and cotton blend shorts and pants complete the natural bohemian look.

NAUTICA GOLF Standing on the green, you look out across the hilly grass, over the sand traps and past the flags into the cloudless sky. Though there is still a hint of chill in the air, winter is finally over. The Nautica Golf collection is inspired by the rich colors and warmth of this moment, combined with the heritage of the game. Rich, active inspired colors paired with high quality yarn defines the Nautica Golf collection. With basic staple items in black and white, the collection is accented with blue jay blue and lighthouse yellow. Classic stripes in Pima Cotton and mercerized yarns give the collection a finished look with a touch of luxurious depth. Nautica uses innovative techniques to combine fashion and function. Moisture management fabrications in 100% cotton pique are utilized, as well as yarn dyed polyester pique, insuring that the Nautica man will always be at the top of his game. Microfiber shorts and pants complete the look on and off the course.

COMPETITION The competitive spirit is inherent in human nature. Sitting in the stands, on the grass, or at home on the couch, watching competitive sports is a part of American culture. Uniforms, crinkled from constant movement, and the undying spirit of rivalry is the inspiration behind the Competition collection. A tight collection of black, white, and light blue, these clothes are perfect for the gym, a quick jog, or relaxing on a Sunday afternoon. Comfortable cotton fabrications in athletic pique and jersey make up short sleeve knit shirts that coordinate with french terry knit active tops and bottoms. Navy, white, heather grey, and an accent of kelly green give this collection a crisp active look. A windsuit in a feather weight polyester fabric matches a pant to a zip front jacket, the perfect cover up before and after any activity. Interlock track jackets coordinate with athletic mesh shorts rounding out the collection, a great addition to the Nautica man’s active lifestyle.

Photos: C. Yohance DeLoatch
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