In every one of the runway shows, whether it is originating in London, Paris, Milan, Los Angeles, or NYC has their collection that are meant to be bold and “attention-grabbing”, but the clothes just don’t seem to translate well to everyday life.
One such example is this outfit by Yohji Yamamoto. Eggplant is a great color, but this one is a purple nightmare. The design reminds me of the “Spirograph” children’s drawing toy that produced repetitive curves with plastic gears. The overwhelming design makes it impossible to see any of the seaming details and the bagginess of the jacket and pleated pants just seem to swallow up any body definition. I also have to say that between the grey, multi-peak bucket hat, the shiny gold dress shirt, and the purple Velcro sneakers, I find the accessories as disturbing as the suit. Finally, and stop me if this is too mean, but the model himself could definitely use some curly hair solutions to address whatever that is going on with his hair…
Next, is a men’s runway outfit by Givenchy is classic black and white for Spring-Summer that makes me think of one of Cruella Deville’s dalmations. The use of the print on the top and bottom is too busy and makes the details of the multi-pockets on the front just about disappear. It may have been a really cool looking coat and more wearable if it was in a solid color, but I don’t see too many men that I know who would walk around town in this look. I do, however, like the black boots.
Last, but not least in the “unusual” category is this red, white, and black Damask pattern suit with two female figures on the chest of the jacket and explosions of color down both arms and legs. The bold red pattern is overlaid by a window pane sketched in black. I have to say that the first thing that comes to my mind is “matador”. The cut of the suit is fantastic, but the pattern is just too distracting. I don’t see this suit making in into many men’s closets voluntarily.
When it comes to Spring and Summer, it’s not only time to change out the wardrobes, but also time to take a look at what’s new in footwear. There is nothing worse than freshening up your clothes with a few new items and leaving your old, worn-out shoes to bring down the look.
This year, some of the top designers have revealed their men’s footwear collections for Spring and Summer. The first pair is from the design house of Jimmy Choo. It is an update on an old favorite: The Boat Shoe. This iconic, nautical shoe style has been enhanced with a more textured navy leather upper and a dark stitching along the white sole for interest. I could see them with your favorite jeans and a white polo shirt.
Next, is a pair of light grey lace-ups by Emporio Armani. With these shoes, texture is the key to what makes them interesting. The thick white sole looks like it would make a comfortable walking shoe, but I probably would wear them with a darker trouser to make them stand out.
Another one of my favorites in a slip on shoe style is this brown, black, and orange camouflage pair by Givenchy. Camo is a huge trend in all accessories this year and these will be the focal point of any neutral outfit.
One look in men’s Summer footwear that never seem to go out of style is the Gladiator-style sandals. This pair by Dolce & Gabbana offers plenty of foot coverage with the laced-up leather overlapping from the toes to the arch of the foot and leather heel support. This look would be a great pair of khaki cargo shorts or more dressed up with a pair of white linen pants.
Lastly, if you are more of a minimalist when it comes to Summer footwear, then the David Beckham endorsed K-Swiss flip flops with the multi-colored rubber sole and black fabric thong straps may do the trick.
Looking forward to the Spring and Summer of 2014, in fashion trends it is evident that stripes play an important part in both men’s and women’s clothing and accessories this year. In menswear, sometimes the incorporation of patterns is a trickier task than it is in women’s clothing. Certain menswear designers have taken a bolder approach, while others have incorporated the “stripe” trend in a more demure manner.
When it is time to start thinking about freshening up your wardrobe for spring, you should also be thinking about some new accessories, as well as clothing items. After seeing some of what is new in men’s accessories for Spring/Summer 2014, both color and texture have made a reappearance for the new season.
In the category of carry bags, Valentino has taken both the popularity of the camouflage pattern and mixed it with the bright colors of orange and green in this flashy leather tote. It comes with both shoulder and cross-body straps to make it easy to carry, also the studded detail on the straps give it added interest. For something a little less colorful, Gucci has a rich brown leather backpack that has the ability to lock its corners to keep your items safe and also tote handles to turn it into a tote bag.
Another man’s accessory that you should think about re-vamping for spring and summer is footwear. Color, patterns, and texture still pay a huge part in what’s new for shoes and sandals this year. One classic silhouette in footwear is the driving moccasin, however in the CH Collection for Spring/Summer 2014, they have revved it up with a bright coral colored suede. If you are not big on too much color in your clothing, then try it in a shoe or accessory.
A second item of men’s footwear that has been modernized with color and texture is the Givenchy python print leather sandals in blue and brown. The python pattern itself, as well as the blue and brown tones, are neutral enough to blend right into your wardrobe, but interesting enough to stand out in the sandal category.
When celebrities are strolling down the red carpet or out in the public eye at an event, they have their designer outfits planned, as well as the perfect accessories. However, when the paparazzi snap a photo of them on the street, it can be flattering or not dependent on what they left the house in that day.
One guy who always seems to look classic is Leonardo DiCaprio, who was photographed out on the street in Australia recently. He has on a great muted plaid suit in a slate blue that has a tailored fit, crisp white shirt, and a matching solid tie. Leonardo made a great color selection to bring out the blue in his eyes.
Another celebrity to be caught on the street is Fashion Designer Rachael Zoe and her son Skyler. She exemplifies the word ‘fashion’ with her flowing black maxi dress, motorcycle-style woven grey and black jacket, and over-sized round shades. She even gets points for coordinating her son Skyler’s cool outfit with his black knit cap, grey and black graphic t-shirt, black trousers and boots.
The next celebrity street style is Kanye West, who was sporting a calf-length fur coat on his arrival to attend the Givenchy Men’s Fall/Winter 2014 fashion show. Fur is one of the hottest trends of the year and Kanye jumps right in with this coat. He manages to keep it casual with the oversized, hooded grey sweatshirt, slim black leather pants, and lace-up boots. Admittedly, the boots miss their mark – Kanye, you should know better and check out a retailer like Cavells for a bit more chic footwear!
The last two fashionable street strollers are Paris and Nicky Hilton. Paris has on a great charcoal woven topper jacket with leopard accents and Nicky’s mixed media Pea Coat, chain detailed purse, and liquid leggings are rocking the streets.