Good afternoon, my lovely readers!
I realise that I've been neglecting the men lately, as in the past I have posted about menswear trends as well as womenswear, and it's probably been a good few months since I wrote about anything menswear-related! Therefore, my apologies to the men :)
This is my way of making it up to you, through a detailed guide of the menswear trends for the upcoming season of S/S 13. Ladies, it's worth a read - so that you know what to buy your other halves, male friends and family members for their birthdays and special occasions! Let us begin.
A/W 12 introduced a new nautical theme to men's fashion, called ‘The Cruel Sea' (which I posted about in detail here), as well as new smart casual look through ‘Café Society Smart’, which involved teaming formal shirts and blazers with jeans and chinos. This season, menswear will experience a turnaround – from serious to playful - through ten key themes:
The metallic trend could be seen on S/S 12 designer catwalks, such as Bottega and Neil Barrett, but in small doses. This season it will be out in full force in the form of tailored shirts and trouser suits, according to designers Lanvin, Versace, Margiela, Neil Barrett, Burberry and Gucci.
Guys, don't be put off by the fact that this trend is huge in womenswear at the moment. The ladies might be rocking it in the form of stripes and geometric prints, but the menswear monochrome trend is much more simplistic. Designers, such as Jil Sander and Lanvin, showcased their monochrome looks by teaming a white to with a black trouser - or vice versa. Then Phillip Lim, Rick Owens and Raf Simons used layers to add more depth to the look without going overboard.
3. Summer sportswear.
4. Graphic prints.
New pattern textures have been introduced this season to update the bold and colourful prints of ages past. Invest in scorched surface patterns, that give unstructured tailored jackets a casual look, and cracked-earth prints, for a unique and edgy twist to a standard shirt.
5. Broken checks and stripes.
Designers have decided to mix checks and stripes, on different scales, for S/S 13 - in order to produce an original take on the usual check and stripe combos. Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Daniele Alessandrini, Agi and Sam, Nicole Fahri and Dolce & Gabbana showcased some interesting striped pieces in pastel colours.
Neon might have popped up here and there on the womenswear catwalks, but it was absolutely everywhere on the menswear ones! It varied from showing a hint of a neon hue in an outfit, to going full blown neon with every aspect of an outfit. Hot pink was the most popular shade, especially at Topman, through bright jumpers, blazers and graphic prints. Stripe details could also be seen at Sibling, as well as patterned trouser suits at Meadham Kirchoff.
Denim is always a popular choice for S/S. But this season, it had to be THE material that was seen on practically every catwalk! A variety of washes and cuts were showcased, but the most popular was dark blue denim a la Bill Tornade.
Designers, such as Dior Homme, Etro, Lanvin and Yohji Yamamoto, played with proportions on the catwalks by showcasing loose tailoring, in the form of unstructured trousers and jackets, against slim-fitting separates. Don't be shy, guys. Be dramatic with volume!
Pastels is another key theme seen on womenswear catwalks first, however the specific colours of washed out lilac, mercury grey, tender yellow and blush pink dominated the menswear catwalks – with bold mid-tone highlights of arctic blue, vetiver green and burnt sienna at Qasimi.
Finally, loungewear could be seen through vertical stripes and silk fabrications, on mostly designer catwalks in Milan and Paris. Pyjama-style trousers showcased the trend on catwalks such as Damir Doma, Costume National Homme, Gucci and Acne, with a stylish twist being put on them through voluminous and dramatic fits, relaxed slouching and illustrative patterns. Ann Demeulemeester had the most exaggerated styles, teaming them with long robes and slipper inspired footwear.
Basically this S/S 13 is about being daring with your clothing, guys. If you're afraid about trying one of these new trends, simply buy a piece that represents it and then style it down with simple separates until you get used to it. Alternatively, if you're feeling brave, go all out and dress in one of the trends head-to-toe! Or mix a few of them together. You'll never know if you'll like something without giving it a try. And most importantly, have fun! Fashion is supposed to be playful.
(The content of this post was originally published in an article that I wrote for IDEAL magazine, which you can read here. Please note that the images are not mine, but the words are - aided by various sources, including WGSN.
Feel free to check out my other articles that have been recently published for IDEAL:
Let me know what you think! Katie-xo)