After having first seen the Reiss SS16 collection, I felt that Morocco was the best place to showcase the colour palette, the fabrics and the product diversity captured in this collection. I was also heavily influenced by African explorers and conservationists when I was thinking about my styling for this project. Their use of suede and earth tones have become synonymous with their crafts and I really wanted to capture that.
To bring to life the collection as it was designed, we asked menswear influencer, Chris John Millington, to style Reiss SS16 against the backdrop of Morocco’s peaks and plains. This is his take on our design vision.
Knowing that we’d be travelling through the snow-covered Atlas Mountains, I felt that the use of a strong and eye-catching piece of outerwear would really work well against the dramatic backdrop. The snow and the combination of the jacket reminded me of classic ski style, which I think really worked with this rugged Moroccan landscape.
Early morning in the desert can be surprisingly cold and suede can definitely help in those sorts of situations, that’s for sure. Under the cold morning sun of the Sahara, this grey suede jacket blended well with the light we were working with.
This look was the most removed from the styling I've chosen elsewhere. I was intrigued to see how it would turn out and I love the formal touch that it added to the overall range of looks. I went for a tie-tuck, which has been a go-to styling move for many workmen and artisans. This is my way of paying homage to the images of explorers that I had drawn so much inspiration from.
This is the classic explorer that I had in my mind. Green suede layered with forest tones and finished with some dark denim feels like something I'd wear every day.
In menswear over the past few years patterns have gone from strength to strength and this shirt is case in point. From the ashy dunes to the clear blue skies, the colour tones of this shirt worked perfectly worn with classic summer chinos.