We’re really digging the print’s in Yohji Yamamoto’s Spring 2012 collection as stripes and polka dots are pinned against florals and several other shapes to give the pieces some character and definition. There’s much to appreciate from Yohji’s collection this time around like patterned knits and Nehru-collared button-downs as well as the form-fitting outerwear, silk tops and traditionally-printed trousers.
New York designer Thom Browne brought out his Spring 2012 collection in Paris, showcasing some interesting styling and an amazing line of well-crafted suiting. Pinstriped suits with trousers hitting right at the ankle were featured heavily but that’s expected from Mr. Browne now, isn’t it?
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli deliver arguably one of the best collections from this week’s Paris Fashion Week in Valentino’s Spring 2012 lineup. The pieces are well-cut and offer up some wonderful detailing that’s luxurious but wearable at the same time. Look for military and safari jackets, K-Ways and camp shirts, cargo shorts and hooded parkas but these pieces shouldn’t be mistaken for anything you’ll find at your local army surplus shop. It all comes down to details, folks, and you’ll notice it throughout the collection. For example, the featherlight unlined chambray blazers are woven through with silk to catch the light and the parka’s plaid is patchwork, not print.
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.