Men’s Spring Summer 2012 Fashion Trend Style Guide

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.

- Crew necks. We retired the V-neck about 2 years ago, go crew or go home, more here.

- Camouflage. The new staple of the new Americana, the simple plaid, though still lovely, has been officially traded in for camo.

- Espadrilles.  There's alot of lovely new colorways for espadrilles this year, more here.

 

Check out Part II of the Men's Spring Summer Fashion Style Trend Guide, later this week and next, to "Get the Look".

Barneys New York x The Urban Gentleman

A little while ago, we got an email from Barneys New York wanting to interview The Urban Gentleman for Barneys.com.  And of course being the historic and iconic store they are we were very obliged and honored to do so. Check out "The (anonymous) Urban Gentleman"  interview, as they playfully say, HERE.

We're excited to be one of the very first men's fashion features, on, or should I say "in" the famous Barney's Window. Side note: I didn't know there was so much "mystery" around The Urban Gent team, lol, but for those who don't know us: Kanayo King, Cindy Samoht, ( <— we're the main two) and there are a small handful of contributors (and a meticulously expanding Urban Gent family) who help make The Urban Gentleman possible. (special thanks to Jean and Max).

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S/S Men’s Style Essential: Chambray

Most of you know chambray is an essential. But we're taking it up a notch this Spring/Summer and taking chambray to our shoes, jackets, and accessories. (Random Fact: Though seemingly so American, chambray was actually originated in Cambria, France– which is also where it gets its name from; chambray is also known as cambric).

 
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Vintage Turner Field (Georgia, U.S.A) postcard; Nantucket, MA; Cambrai, France

Men’s Spring Summer 2011 Fashion, Trends, & Style Guide

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The world of men's fashion has really matured over these past few years, and the trends certainly reflect that. Baggy to extra-skinny to "fits just right", no accessories to over accessorized to "masculinely accessorized just the right amount", but best of all I feel like we've finally managed to combine the styles of different cultures and decades to create a sort of modern day celebration of men's fashion. And this season's trends continues this celebration…

Presenting The Official Men's Spring Summer 2011

Fashion, Trends, & Style Guide.

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Insouciant Prep. We've been internationally prepping it out for a minute, and now it's just our lifestyle so we can be more relaxed with it. You don't have to be bow-tied, striped socked, oxfords with matching vest and pocket squared-up for every single look. Keep it simple– button down with rolled up sleeves, shorts with a print of some sort, and deck shoes or loafers worn sockless.

 

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Dolce and Gabanna

Summer Black. Even more consistent than white, designers flooded their Spring Summer 2011 shows with black. Simon Spurr, John Varvatos, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Y-3, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, Jeremy Scott and the list goes on. So when you're feeling "New York" or just a little moody– as Jay-Z said, opt for "all black everything", black shirt, black shorts, all black everything.

Get the Look: SUMMER BLACK look book, HERE.

 

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Michael Bastian

City Refined. It's simple classic urban gentleman type dress, but adapted to the summer sun. Basically being spiffy and immaculately well-groomed wherever you go. Casually wearing well-tailored suits more than the average guy, loafers and oxfords even in casual settings. Double breasted blazers and crew neck shirts, paired with trousers that show a little ankle and shoes that compliment.

 

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Native Inspiration. Whether we're talking cowboys and indians or Aztec, Mayan, and Inca civilization being inspired by the natives of North, Central, and South America  is probably my favorite trend of the summer. The fashion elite, both male and female, have made native prints their new plaid. And because of its lack of being in many designers collections (for men) and the sheer fact that many folk just don't know how to coordinate native prints, you won't see everyone walking around in it (which is a bonus). The best way to approach this trend is to keep it simple by focusing on collecting specific native pieces– a vintage Navajo print blazer, an Aztec patterned rucksack, even a bolo tie. 

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Trend Report: 12/18/2009

 Timberland Premium 6-inch Boots

This is your official public service announcement of the latest trends. If you’re a regular here at The Urban Gentleman, then you may already know most of these.

As of Friday December 18, 2009:

1. It seems as if summer rolls, can now be called winter cuffs. Cold weather has not deterred those ecstatically dedicated to rolling up their pants. As predicted matching socks warms those cold ankles, the traditional gents stick to their navys, browns, and argyle, while those less than so are opting for patterns and bright happy colors.
2. Denim jackets have made their comeback, but thanks to gents like David Beckham many are choosing to skip the jackets and are opting for denim shirts instead.
3. The stylishly advanced have been wearing plaid shirts for well over a year, and quite frankly, are ready to move on. But the stylishly regular are not ready to let go, but I for one understand– it does look good on them. People need patterns during these not as happy, recession times, so you can expect to see plaid or variations of the plaid for a bit longer.
4. Though with northerners Timbs (aka Timberlands) never went out of vogue, the rest of the world looked at other options in bootwear over these past few years. Well, Timbs (the classic 6-in) are back– for everyone this winter… and with the way certain trends are moving we may be able to expect them to be worn (someway somehow) throughout the spring along with high-top boat shoes.
more trends to come..

Trend Report: 06/08/2009

Ray-ban Retro Super Future Wayfarers

This is your official public service announcement of the latest trends. If you’re a regular here at The Urban Gentleman, then you may already know most of these.

As of Monday June 8, 2009:

1. Summer time equals sockless. No need to worry about matching your socks with your t-shirt or blazer anymore, just dont wear socks at all! Oh, but don’t forget to lotion your ankles- ashiness is never in vogue.

2. When I go to lunch or tea with a well-dressed gentleman its hard to not notice his pants are cuffed or that his shirt sleeves are rolled up. Interchangeably during the warmer months try either rolling the sleeves on your plaid shirt or cuffing the pants on your dark denim jeans.

3. Canvas shoes keep the feet cool… I think. Whether in boot, boat, or skipper format canvas shoes are an easy must.

4. The sun must be blocked and “modified wayfarers” are what should be worn to block it… there are so many styles- rectangular, oval, classic, flat, retro… wear what looks best on you.

more trends to come…

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