The French have long been held on the world’s style pedestal—and justifiably so. They practically invented the relaxed yet put-together way of dressing that is so often imitated but rarely duplicated.

When it comes to menswear, an exemplar of this classic approach is Façonnable, the Riviera-inspired label making its premier at Barneys New York this summer (with new styles arriving every month).

“For me, it [Façonnable] has a spirit of relaxed elegance and effortless style true to the Mediterranean: color and lightness with a mix of tailoring and sportswear,” says newly appointed artistic director Daniel Kearns. “For Fall 2014, the idea was to create a contemporary wardrobe true to these codes.”

You’ll see Kearns’ genius in clever updates throughout his debut men’s collection: the softened shoulders of jackets, use of trans-seasonal fabrics, and a sophisticated color palette of deep blue, burgundy, and green. But the collection has the same timeless appeal as ever.

We asked Kearns to share his top five rules of style to prove once and again that dressing well isn’t so complicated after all.


1. Finish a look with a printed scarf.

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2. Sportswear should be chic to mix with tailoring.

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3. Strive for a balance of color.

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4. Look effortless.

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5. Stay classic—with a twist.

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