Reiss: He Who Travels. Styled by Chris John Millington.
Every season Reiss takes its inspiration from those men who live their lives to the fullest while looking their very best doing so. For SS16 they pay tribute to the traveller who – despite the limiting practicalities of a life lived from a suitcase – takes his style with him wherever he may be.
To bring to life the collection as it was intended to be worn in the great outdoors, Reiss recruited menswear influencer, stylist and model, Chris John Millington. Though he hails from Scotland, Millington’s work often takes him far further afield, and it is his ability to seamlessly adapt his style to his surrounds which made him a natural fit for the task of re-imagining Reiss SS16 menswear.
Chris chose a few particular pieces from the collection, took them over to the desert and showcased 5 looks that I feel portray the essence of Reiss SS16 perfectly.
So here it is, this is what happened when Mr Millington took the Reiss SS16 collection on the road to Morocco.
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.
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.
My favourite pick
I couldn’t agree more with Chris on the Whistler shirt. Pattern shirts have the potential to be a great addition to your summer wardrobe in the coming months, however the stand out piece for me has to be the Horizon Jacket. In burnt brick red and woven from cotton and linen, the jacket offers a lightweight statement option for SS16.
Shop Chris’ edit here.