Rei Kawakubo’s delivers a fascinating showing of Comme des Garcons’ Spring 2012 collection in Paris. “Tailoring for punks” was the theme with an emphasis on Edwardian elegance which featured chisel-toed footwear, well-tailored garments in classic fabrics. Colors of choice this time around were mostly blacks and shades of pink.
Another tremendous showing at this year’s Paris Fashion Week was from Junya Watanabe as the designer showcased a Spring 2012 collection inspired by a weekend in the British countryside. The styling’s as quirky as you’d expect from the designer as he delivers colorful overalls, cropped trousers and waxed hunting jackets in several finishes and much more. (via GQ)
As we wrap up coverage of Milan Fashion Week, here are a few looks from Ports 1961 and their S/S 2012 show. The offerings are timeless with a slew of clean, slim-cut product. “This season a streamlined silhouette with a stunning lightness of touch meets purposeful patterning and fresh natural materials. Fiona Cibani and Ian Hylton unleash a menswear collection for Spring Summer 2012 that has extreme elegance at the heart of its vision of manhood and essential styled deep within its DNA.”
Burberry Prorsum for Spring 2012 looked great on the runways of Milan and designer Christopher Bailey’s vision for design and craftsmanship are coming to life. The detailing on the pieces for S/S ’12 are immense, with crocheting, stiching, embroidery and handblock prints all making their way into the lineup. The color palette was definitely more earthy this time around as it featured pops of garnet or bright indigo here and there as well.
We were wondering when a label was going to add buckles to their menswear offerings and Versace has done just that in their Spring 2012 collection. Shown at this week’s Milan Fashion Week, the collection utilized buckles as closures for suiting and outerwear while the color palette was more eccentric than we’ve been seeing at this week’s runway shows and that’s saying a lot. Look for bright reds, yellows and pinks but don’t overlook the tan leather suit shown above as it’s definitely our favorite of the Spring 2012 season thus far.
With Pitti now behind us and a clear focus on the fashion week circuit, we thought it would be good to highlight this piece over at GQ.com. Jim Moore and Ted Stafford tell us what they think are the top trends for Spring 2012 from Pitti Uomo 2011. This is where a brand’s styling at such shows drives the product home and we think some of these trends are spot-on.
Read the full article here.
Canali had an exceptional showing at this week’s Milan Fashion Week as they showcased their Spring 2012 collection on the runway. The Italian label looks to utilize a plethora of prints throughout all the pieces including trousers and blazers. Silk scarves stood out at the show as they played well against the linen and silk blended blazers.
Moncler’s Gamme Bleu line was showcased at this week’s Milan Fashion Week with plenty of signature offerings on display. Beyond the usual thigh high shorts and tailored suiting, the runway show featured fencing jackets and enhanced jock cups as well to really take things to heights. Thom Browne is doing an exceptional job with this label and he infused more of his American flavor in this lineup than we’ve seen in seasons past and it’s apparent with the addition of a few padded jackets and quilted blazers.
On Sunday, Mark McNairy presented his Spring/Summer 2012 collection for Woolrich Woolen Mills, his second for the label. The offerings were inspired by the 1960′s television show “The Rat Patrol” and Ernest Hemingway’s African safaris as the collection evokes the deserts and plains of Africa with khaki suiting, light weight fabrics and African print shirts, ties and scarves. Also added to the mix are new shoes and shirting silhouettes as well as the utilization of technical fabircs nylons and polyester.
Milan Fashion Week has officially kicked off and the first menswear show to hit the runway is Ermenegildo Zegna and the famed label’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection. The offerings rack up to a large selection of suiting in an array of colors and fabrics. There is some casual wear thrown into the mix but the aesthetics and tailoring are still top notch, as you would expect it to be from one of the finest Italian labels of our times.