Chris Cox’s S/S 2014 collection Black Sail for Nautica was manly, rugged, and, of course, nautical. Any piece in the collection can easily transition from the runway to the street or a yacht or a sailboat. Cox kept the ease men look for in their clothes in mind while still creating very stylish looks. The major trends we saw were windcheater jackets, knee-length coats, canvas boat shoes, and rolled canvas trousers—all articles that are light and casual. The only prints we saw were in a few pairs of pants and shorts, but some strong colors were featured throughout the collection that ranged from neutral to bold. Colors like lemon, red, navy, gray, khaki, black, and white (which is going to be a huge color this spring) were either used for color blocking in coats and pants or as a solid in shirts and sweaters. The best look in the collection, by far, was one we’re calling “confident sailor” (it almost verged on cocky, actually). The model (bearded) wore a short, fitted black windcheater jacket over a thin sweater and collared shirt with a tie tucked in and canvas rolled pants and shoes topped off with a pair of aviators.
Ford Models Clint Mauro and Daniel Liu were featured in the show, modeling several looks on the runway before some famous guests who were in attendance, including actor Matt Letscher, New York Knicks player Chris Smith (who also happened to be wearing a pair of Nautica polka dot shorts), and actor Josh Hendersen.