No one does color quite like Shinichi Mathy. Whether itâ€™s subtle yet decidedly non-Miami Vice pastels on summer suits or vibrant floral prints on casual shirts, Shinichiâ€™s color choices are daring and organic, almost glowing with life, and as far from conservative as possible. Each new release delights with color that relaxes the spirit and impresses with ever more sophisticated design and texture execution. The Spring 2011 collection is just out at Shiki, and although itâ€™s not possible for me to share the entire range, much as Iâ€™d like to, I do want to tempt youâ€¦just a little bit.
Shinichiâ€™s Oahu outfit is casually simple but impeccably tailored, comfortably designed and perfect for a warm tropical evening. The â€œHawaiianâ€ style shirt is classic and therefore familiar, but the sculpted open collar and rolled cuffs elevate what could have been not that unusual to something bordering on divine. Appropriately for the style of the shirt (not to mention island humidity), the collar isÂ loose, not crisp, and falls naturally around and away from the neck. The cuffs, not just perfect prim cylinders,Â fit the upper arm with realistic lift and drape, and a buttoned tab keeps each cuff in place. Wear the shirt tucked or untucked, as you prefer. The set also includes handsome grey-striped cotton slacks, a great addition to your wardrobe in their own rightâ€”their neutral coloring and casual styling make them easy to add to any summer ensemble. L$390 each in shining Azure, as shown here, brilliant Emerald, and warm Red Ringer.
You may also like the long-sleeved Hibiscus outfit (L$530) with its bold flower print in a variety of colors. For a dressier look, be sure to check out the Plumeria Suit (L$690) with its intricate fabric print. All can be found near the front of the shop at Shiki Designs (Shiki 91, 153, 22).