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It is hard to think about summer ending, but one of the things that is always something that people look forward to is fall fashions. It is a time when the fabrics are more substantial, the colors are saturated, and texture is taken to the next level. When you are looking to see what is trending in men’s fashion, you only have to look at the runway shows for the current year.
One perfect example of color saturation for the fall is a London runway look that is created by Richard James. The peacock teal suit jacket, dress shirt, tie and matching shoes is a rich, deep tone that goes well with the dark black trousers. Richard James also added the flecks of orange/red to the jacket, shoes, and tie to keep the teal color from looking too flat and being too overwhelming.
A trend that never seems to go out of style is the baseball jacket. Designers just keep reinventing it with different colors, fabrics, and details. For example, on the streets of Paris for this fall are looks like this satiny fabric baseball jacket that is done a great olive green, which is considered the black of the season. The jacket is detailed with a ribbed collar, sleeves, and waistband, as well as some strategically placed zippers. Another thing that is really fresh about this look is how it is paired with a classic tunic length, black top, skinny leg trousers, and a snazzy pair of black and white oxfords.
Lastly, who can discuss Fall trends without talking about accessories. The design house of Calvin Klein is right on top of things with these metallic blue looking sunglasses to shade your eyes from the sun, as well as be the perfect accompaniment to any outfit. Also, they kick up the work boot a notch by using a textured ankle piece and ski boot-like, striped piece in addition to the laced leather upper and lug sole, which gives them added interest. Lastly, Calvin Klein shows us a car length coat that has the luxuriousness of black patent leather, seaming details, and the usefulness of large flap pockets.
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.