For Spring/Summer 2014, in both menswear and woman’s fashion, color has been a constant. Fashion has encompassed bold colors and patterns, richly saturated colored fabrics, and lighter pastels. Even in the category of men’s suits, there has been a deviation from the classic and traditional.
One designer who has totally embraced the “bright and bold” in menswear is Tom Ford. This line-up is from his Spring/Summer collection for 2014. From left to right, Tom Ford starts out with a deep pink/coral sports jacket that is paired with petal pink, cuffed trousers, and pink/black animal print loafers. I see this one as the least popular choice for most men. The brightly colored cobalt blue suit has a trendy sheen, a slim-tailored fit, and is accented with a patterned tie, and great white tasseled slip-ons. I could see it as an alternative to navy, if you were looking for a change.
The middle sports jacket and pants from Tom Ford combine a summer coral jacket with an exploded floral pattern pant and coral and ivory patterned shoes. I could see the jacket mixed with jeans, white linen pants, or a pair of khakis. Next, is a tonal red patterned sports jacket that has a graduated, elongated lapel and a one- button closure. It is paired with a casual, white v-neck top, black trousers, and a less busy red and ivory pair of tassel shoes. I could also see this working with or without the shoes. Lastly, Tom Ford’s floral jacket on blues and black is more of a muted pattern than some, but may still be too busy for some guys. The black pants and color matching loafers make for a very unique look.
The next set of spring/ summer suits is from Richard James and leans toward the pastel portion of the color spectrum. The first two from the left maintain a uniform look with matching colors in both the suit jacket and pants, but pop some color with their slip-on shoes. The second two takes on a more contrasted look with navy and light blue in the first and light slate blue, pink, and white in the second. Richard James brings a softer, calmer, and more summery look to his suit collections.