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.
The ‘90s were a magical decade.They brought us the best era rap music has ever seen – and in my opinion will ever see. They were the days when guys could turn on the TV and idolize greats like Michael Jordan and Roberto Baggio. Mobile phones evolved from Zack-Morris-bulky to the tiny Nokias you could play snake on at the back of class.
But, there were some failures as well. The dot-com bubble crippled many.An American president will forever be remembered for his cigar-wielding antics instead of his accomplishments. And of course, men’s fashion was at an all time appalling low – it only took flicking on the TV to see the Fresh Prince in all his neon, ill-fitting glory.
Every year there are certain colors that are more prominent in fashion, like this year’s Pantone’s selection of Emerald Green as the color of the year, but from season to season black is definitely the new black. The color black never seems to lose its appeal in either men’s or women’s fashion. It just get’s revitalized with new tones and textures, and works on everything from a Volcom hoodie to a pair of hugo boss shoes.
While I happened to be out on the West Coast this week, I had the opportunity to check out men’s fashions in person, the so-called LA Style.
At Hermosa Beach, where we were staying, the dress was casual and sporty. The Strand, a walkway that runs alongside the beautiful Pacific Ocean, was home to guys dressed in cargo shorts with button down plaid shirts and slip on canvas shoes, to ones with board shorts, t-shirts, and flip-flops. Even when the beach clubs and restaurants were gearing up for the evening, the sign that I saw which said, “No shirt, no shoes, no problem!” exemplified the casualness of the coastal style. I bet you could get away with wearing underwear – a great “exposing” pair being SAUL Homme boxers – at some of the really “casual” places!
Now that my last runway article highlighted some of the unique and obscure designer looks, it is only fair that I also discuss the tamer, more wearable looks for Fall 2013. One of the items that is trending big this year in men’s fashion is the “overcoat”. Created from such luxurious fabrics as Merino Wool and Cashmere, overcoats can be a fashionably versatile piece to add to your Fall/Winter wardrobe. Given these choices of fabric, expect upcoming coats to be quite expensive – using a basic bank account, which typically doesn’t include an overdraft option, isn’t the best way to go.
When it comes to fashion designer runway shows, sometimes it is all about the “unusual”. We know that designers like to have looks that are uniquely their own inspiration – who doesn’t want to do something a little more original than just another men’s t-shirt? – but some runway fashions just leave you at a loss for words.