Here we have Balmain’s S/S 2013 collection was on display over the weekend at Paris Fashion Week. The pieces mix menswear essentials with fine detailing and a sometimes-eclectic color choice. Slim-fitting chinos are shown with blazers and fine leather jackets, both of which are adorned with details. More looks at the offerings below.
Paris Fashion Week has come to a close but we couldn’t part ways without highlighting Rei Kawakubo’s latest work for Comme des Garcons. The Fall 2012 runway show was filled with a ton of interesting looks, though that was to be expected. The models were dressed appropriately for the theme of the new collection: Neither Man Nor Woman. The pieces were a mixture of traditional mens pieces and a few that might look most familiar on your lady friend. All-in-all, it’s a tremendous collection that blends high quality fabrics with eccentric design.
For Fall 2012, Dior Homme‘s Kris Van Assche delivered a heavily military-inspired collection. The showing in Paris was dominated by olive colored pieces for most of the early parts with a strong mix of fabrics ranging from cashmere and leather to wool blends. Each piece tailored to perfection, the show diversified as it went on with insertions of suiting in black to bring back some classic Dior Homme styling.
Mark McNairy presented Woolrich Woolen Mills‘ Fall/Winter 2012 collection in Milan today, pulling much inspiration frmo the designer’s southern heritage. The collection features references to the Civil War and Sergio Leone’s classic 1966 western film The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. McNairy digs deep into the Woolrich archives, reinventing a few patterns in new colorways with saturated blues and oranges or digital camos. New pieces to look for include contrast pocket cargo pants and workshirts, corduroy suiting, faux fur lined overcoats, LL Bean inspired plaid wool backpacks, and quilted nylon laptop cases. American-made to perfection, folks.
Ermenegildo Zegna showed one of the most wearable collections of this week’s Milan Fashion Week. The Fall 2012 collection is filled with a wide range of pieces, both formal and casual. The world’s finest materials are utilized throughout the line, fabrics we’ve never seen in our lives. The warm knit shown above is one of our favorite pieces but it is far from the only. The colors are inspired by Oasi Zegna, a natural paradise belonging to the family, with various shades of wood brown, hazelnut, snow white, the okra of dry leaves and midnight blue. Blended together they create plaids, checks and chevron patterns, often mixed together to form nonchalant patchworks. The elongated silhouette of suits with two-button, natural-shouldered jackets gains volume in the outerwear featuring blouson and raglan-cut jackets. Also seen are hints of Napa leather and shearling while trousers can be found in faded corduroy Cashco.
Zegna’s fall offerings are surely ones that will be worth the wait. Enjoy more looks courtesy of the Italian label below.
The Corneliani show kicked off Milan Fashion Week, giving us a look at a runway filled with grays and blues offered up in some amazing fabrics and textures. The range featured oversize lapels on the suiting, heavy outerwear and fur trimmings. The pleated trousers and well-fitting cardigans topped off the collection.
Valentino took to the runways at Pitti Uomo 2012 to showcase their Fall/Winter 2012 collection. Designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli have delivered a collection that features sportswear pieces next to tailored formal attire. This is the modern menswear at its finest and if the runways of Milan, Paris, London and New York are nearly as solid as the offerings of Valentino then we’ll surely be in for a tremendous Fall 2012.
Patrick Grant has done a tremendous job with Savile Row’s E. Tautz and the proof is in the results, as the label’s Spring 2012 collection was recently showcased at London Fashion Week. The label’s known to mix classic English sensibility with edge and wit. The pieces are simple at heart, beautifully handmade, and playful as well. The inspiration behind this season’s offerings comes from the 1924 Paris Olympics, Oxford rowers as well as a thing or two from Felix Carvajal, the marathon running postman.
As part of this week’s Salon Show, Oliver Spencer unveiled his Spring 2012 collection on the runway and we love what we’ve seen from the British label. For S/S 2012, Spencer took inspiration from French mod style, infused a good amount of color and added a few pieces made from jersey material as well.