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The Spring 2018 Shorts Everyone Wants

By Benjamin Liong Setiawan

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2018 issue of Elite Traveler.

There were a plethora of shorts on the menswear runways for spring 2018. We can’t get on board with the short-shorts look or shorts at the office (realistically the short suit only works if your employer is Thom Browne or you reside in Bermuda, where even Parliament officials don the region’s namesake shorts in session). But we can endorse Bermuda-length shorts for your next warm-destination getaway. Jason Basmajian of Cerruti 1881 channeled the house’s archives circa mid-1980s, when Nino Cerruti dressed the men of Miami Vice. Basmajian, however, was careful to pay respectful homage to the era and offered a contemporary take without veering into costume territory. Tailored teal leaf-jacquard shorts were paired with a jade double-breasted coat, striped chain-stitch boatneck sweater and derby shoes. The David Hart gentleman went on a journey to Old Havana, wearing pleated linen Bermuda shorts, a fine-gauge mercerized-cotton polo and huaraches, finished with a Cohiba in hand. There’s a sublime ease to Véronique Nichanian’s designs for Hermès. Nichanian expertly elevates what at first glance appears to be a simple shorts-and-henley pairing. But from her hands emerge a pair of drawstring cotton Bermuda shorts and a cotton-crepe pullover with diagonal-stripe detailing. The Michael Kors spring show was in full ‘out of office’ mode. From palm tree–shadow prints to tie dyes, the collection transported the viewer to the Polynesian islands. A handful of models even sported leis. Palm-print linen shorts were paired with a linen-and-cotton pullover, with optic-white accessories grounding the fresh aesthetic. Aloha!

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