Ever wondered how Duke Ellington would dress in 2024? Just ask Mike Amiri

Ever wondered how Duke Ellington would dress in 2024? Just ask Mike Amiri

by Ollie Cox
3 min

Amiri’s Spring/Summer 2025 collection brought nostalgia-tinged Americana to Paris. Mike Amiri explored Hollywood musical icons and imagined how they would dress today, bringing stage-ready designs into his ready-to-wear offering. 

With Jazz musicians like Duke Ellington, Chet Baker, and Miles Davis on the mood board, Mike Amiri looked at the way they dressed both on and off stage, while also imagining how they would dress today. This was reflected in Elongated tailoring, where double breasted jackets met with relaxed fitting trousers which gently flared, a move which fused classic tailoring with a So-Cal skater kid flair. 

Music, and musicians are integral to Amiri, something we saw in todays front row guests, which included French Montana, Sun Woo, and M Huncho. 

Across a palette of sun-soaked pastels, nodding to the brand’s California roots, aloha print shirts met with light-catching sunshine crystals, nodding to the stage-worn suiting of America’s great jazz musicians. When it came to footwear, soft leather loafers and moccasins were complete with “MA” branding across the vamp in gold. 

Oh and did we mention the show was soundtracked by a live performance from The Yussef Dayes Experience? Yeah that happened too, a decision likely the result of Mike Amiri’s ear for modern day jazz, the genre that Dayes and his band have come to dominate. 

We caught Mike before the show to chat all things Jazz, nostalgia and bringing Hollywood to Paris. Read the full conversation below. 

Hey Mike, can you talk me through the collection?

For me, it’s starting from a palace of Hollywood, a place of dreams, and connecting it to an era of Americana that felt really nice to me, which is the mid-century era. Music has always been this big touchpoint for Amiri, so I focused in on jazz, and big band, and the kind of elegant silhouettes and stage presence those artists had on stage and off stage. 

Were there any musicians you had in mind when designing the collection? 

Yeah, of course, Chet Baker, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, and also [I thought about them] in a modern way as well. I thought about if that person existed today. I listened to a lot of modern jazz when I was designing this collection, and I wanted to touch back to that classic feel and give a twist to it that felt very now. 

How is the jazz uniform reflected in this season’s silhouettes? 

Specifically in tailoring, where we’re garnishing a larger audience, I wanted to explore the idea of longer silhouettes, specifically in the men’s blazers, to extend them a bit so you can wear baggier clothing [but still] achieve a slender silhouette. 

That fits in with the idea of you guys balancing nostalgia and newness, right? 

Yeah, of course. One thing that separates Amiri from a lot of these heritage brands that are showing in Paris, is that we are Americans, and it’s really important for us to bring something nostalgic and American with you. 

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