Finally, here's the Men's Spring Summer 2012 Fashion Style Trend Guide, Part I.
My focus or want for the Spring Summer 2012 trends is 'something new', or the same but remixed. Meaning, some of this ish is getting stale. Okay okay not completely stale, but just redundant. For example, I've been killing Spicy Grilled Salmon Sushi lately, eating it damn near every day. Then one day I had it, and it just wasn't as good– flavors were there, they made it right in front of me so it was fresh, but my belly just wasn't rejoicing the same way it usually does. My taste-buds weren't savoring the flavors like usual, so I had to space out my sushi dining to every 3-4 days or so, allowing me to appreciate and savor it more. That's sorta what we have to do with some of the Mad Men 60's type style… we gotta pull back so that it can be savored.
There are a couple of particular trends that I'm excited about focusing on this year… two in particular one main one for spring/summer and another for fall/winter. I'll let you know what those are later. For now, in usual Urban Gentleman Style Guide form, check out some of the main Spring Summer 2012 the trends below:
Above: Iceberg, Frank Morello, Canali
Spring's Got the Blues. As usual right. Designers love to blue up their spring collections, so it's no different this year. From the schoolyard royal blue to classic navy to the airiest sky blue, all hues of blue are seen this season.
Above: General Idea, D&G, Louis Vuitton
Pattern Me Crazy. In keeping with a trend that we'll get into later this season, there's the overall trend of patterns. Stripes, flowers, native, camouflage, plaid, even polka dots and animal prints (in moderation). Options options options, you have to love that men have that now, not just options in colors or fits, but in patterns– schweeet!
Above: Etro, Yigel Azrouel, Giorgio Armani
The Formal Utilitarian. Another of my favorite trends is the mixing of formal wear with sportswear, in particular utilitarian gear. It's something that we saw alot of on the streets of Italy last year during Fall/Winter so why not bring it into the Spring. Back in the day, the mixing of casual and formal was throwing on a pair of sneakers with a suit, we've graduated from such simplicity and take things to a different place. Now it's throwing on a parka with that dress shirt, dress paints and tie, refined leather hard-bottoms worn with rolled-up cargo pants, rugged lace-up boots worn with double-breasted blazers.
Above: Kanye West, Balmain (Spring/Summer), David Beckham
The Basic White. Going all black has been in trend for awhile, now the opposite befalls us. Lately more and more celebrities have been keeping it simple, with high-dollar simple white t-shirts and white button downs. While some are going pattern crazy other's opt for the opposite, and you just gotta respect it… you just do.
Above: Calvin Klein, Versace, Thierry Mugler, Richard Chair
Bright & Bold. Designers and retailers alike really want us to pop into spring with some color– the commercials are relentless. While wearing bold and bright colors may seem like more of a girl thing to some, boys can do it to. I just implore you to do it in a more studious and conscious way. Don't just throw on a bunch of colors, mix a bold color with a neutral. Make your bold or bright color unexpected… all navy suit, with bright orange brogues -or- neutral base (top and bottom) with a bright colored jacket.
Above: Ferragamo, Giorgio Armani, Billy Reid
Back to Easy Fit. I'm such an advocate of well-fitting tailored clothes, but the looser fits designers are re-introducing are secretly making me happy. Why? B/c some people don't know the difference between tailored and too damn tight… if your junk is very visibly exposed maybe rethink it, unless you're a rock star (in real life or in your mind– can't hate on the dreamers). And if you're sagging with too skinny jeans, you really gotta rethink some things… this is a real issue :-/ So going back to looser fits may just be what the people need. Looser fitting more airy silhouettes are making its way back to retail thanks to designers efforts over the past few seasons.
More Spring Summer 2012 Trends:
(Many of the same ole oldies but goodies are still into play, mixed with newer or reemerging trends we're growing to love)
- Sockless. Same trend, different season.
Check out Part II of the Men's Spring Summer Fashion Style Trend Guide, later this week and next, to "Get the Look".
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Sometimes it's those simple defining pieces, that make you different. Gotta have the proper accessories to add that special uniqueness to your look.
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Mad Men is back, so far so good… better than last season anyway.
Socks socks socks– whether striped or native-printed they're the latest essential statement making accessory for men. Stance and Nigel Knox loaded us up on socks, so in a late winter shoot we paired them with a few new pairs of Toms, stylish threads from Onassis, and a few other pieces.
"playing chinese checkers"; vintage Gant plaid button-up; selvedge Levis: Nigel Knox skull socks; Toms desert botas; LRG belt, Nixon watch
A few years ago it was all about skull scarves, last year and the year before skull velvet slippers, this year you gotta have atleast one pair of skull socks.
LRG crewneck sweater; Meltin' Pot denim; Stance camouflage socks; suede Toms shoes
vintage Atlanta snapback; Onassis chambray jacket shirt; Onassis harem pants; UGG sneakers; LRG scarf
Onassis has created a perfect pair of modern harem pants, not too over-exaggerated and Hammer-like, but just enough dimension in the shape to a second-look. (You can't see it in the pic, but the crotch of the pants does sag a bit, which of course adds to the authenticity of it being a pair of harems)
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Lands End sent us one of their jackets to try over the winter. While the quality of the coat was good, the sleeves were a bit long… we should have went with a size smaller. Spring just arrived, so it's a good time to catch those winter sales. They currently have alot, if not all of the winter coats (and clothing) on sale now, so check them out here.
coat: Lands End, sweater:LRG, shirt: vintage Gant, jeans: Levis
While many of the newer watch companies seek to create "cool rubber" watches, Nick Blum went the opposite direction. He created a line of attainable luxury watches, that sport quite the unique look. I can honestly say I can't remember seeing a face shape like the one BlumLux watches tote– it's sort of a curved in quadrilateral, most resembling a rectangle.
Passion-Diamond (Rose Gold BlumLux watch). I opted for rose gold because it's most in trend, but the all black with the hint of rose gold on the face seems like it'd be quite swanky.
My first impression of the watch when opening the box was hip-hop mogul, it was just a bit too ostentatious for my immediate taste. But the more I looked at it I began to "see" Beverley Hills millionaire or cocky international traveler– the style grew on me. I think the key to wearing such a bold watch is letting it speak for itself, meaning keep your clothing relatively simple while wearing it. A crisp white button up, navy trousers and lace-ups. Or a simple t-shirt, great pair of denim or printed shorts, and pair of shoes that have a simply elevate your look. Basically subtle and classic colors, for the most part.
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