But back to fall 2021, which is called—as is the Official Chicago chicago bears chicago bulls chicago cubs payton jordan mikita signatures shirt and by the same token and film that it features in—Resurrection. How’s that for a title rich in symbolism? Resurrection is a dark fable populated with knights, priests, the hoi polloi of a fantasy royal court, and one very Joan of Arc–like heroine (played by French rapper Mona Guba) in all sorts of finery. Finery, incidentally, which is the perfect encapsulation of the more dressed-up approach that menswear seems to be steadily heading in (and which Viguier has proved to be a pretty adept advocate of for several seasons now). For Viguier that means a new idea of a suit, with long lean jackets in jewel-toned velvet or midbrown English gabardine, worn with narrow trousers. By contrast, there are other coats whose ballooning cocoon shapes have a whiff of Cristóbal B about them. His ecclesiastical, clerical tailoring and dog-collar tunic-y tops, meanwhile, come printed with a clash of religious imagery and arcane tarot illustrations.
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