Americans often find success overseas before making it big back home -- for proof, just think of all those jazz and blues guys. Reversing that trend, Emile Lafaurie menswear
Lafaurie's a Euro newcomer whose muted yet stylish offerings and sweet practical touches have made him more popular in America than in his native France, where they clearly know nothing about fashion. Suitwise, his Fall line includes a classic flannel wool, a wrinkle-proof wool blend, and a fine-waled corded-cotton sportcoat that almost feels like velvet, each with slightly raised armholes and a trim shoulder line, thereby avoiding that boxy, shoulder-padded, Diane-Keaton-in-Baby-Boom look. 'Neath the suit, EL features 24 styles of narrow (but not too narrow) silk ties, plus eight styles of cotton dress shirts (with six more on the way), tailored short enough to wear untucked, with slimming darts in the back -- overall, nothing too flashy, but plenty Euro enough to keep you from looking like a casting reject from a Coldwater Creek commercial
Later on this Fall, Sean is getting in sweaters, outerwear, and a "casual pant" as relaxed as your knowledge of blues and jazz.