Hands up who instantly fell in love with Carine Roitfeld's luxe silk khaki coloured shirt, which she wore during Paris Fashion Week in October? Thought as much. Well, good news. It turns out it's a preview of much more to come from Equipment, the luxury shirt company, founded by Christian Restoin, (long-term partner of Carine Roitfeld). Having founded the company in the late 1970s, Restoin went on to sell it off in 1998, but with a gap in the market for such an elegant yet laid-back shirt collection, Serge Azria, CEO and creative director of Joie and Current/Elliot has decided now is the time to relaunch the brand's signature item, a silk menswear-inspired shirt finished off with two front-flap pockets.
The 135 strong collection, which will be sold at Barneys as of spring 2010, will retain its heritage look and to ensure this, Azria has brought Restoin onboard for the relaunch, as creative consultant. The two gentlemen have known each other for some time and Azria told WWD in September that, "We always talk about shirts and fashion and, of course, being in fashion, so this was a natural decision for both of us." 135 gorgeous shirts to choose from, we can barely contain our excitement.