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".
Winter Black / Black on Black trend
Kenneth Cole just launched a new microsite for their Fall 2011 Campaign. The site, WhereDoYouStand.com, is about raising awareness on certain social issues, while keeping you informed about the offerings of their Fall/Winter 2011 collection. One of the trends in their collection is black on black, sound familiar? Of course it does, "Summer Black" which is all about layering different shades of black, was one of the trends from our Spring/Summer Style Guide. So for the Fall/Winter you pretty much have "Winter Black"– same trend, different season (which is how we like it).
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You've got one Fall/Winter Trend early, lucky you! lol. Nah, but really we'll try to have our complete style guide up sooner than later. So for now we'll just say "The Urban Gentleman Fall/Winter Style Guide Coming Soon"
We've gotten a little behind on our men's fashion spring summer trends essentials, so we're going to get back on track today and feature one of the most prominently displayed trends from the S/S 2011 fashion shows– orange and blue.
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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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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).
Vintage Turner Field (Georgia, U.S.A) postcard; Nantucket, MA; Cambrai, France
I think I'll deem this the easiest Spring/Summer 2011 trend to achieve, since all it calls for is black… all black everything. But of course we want to keep things better than the average over here at The Urban Gentlemen so when we rock this trend we prefer to use various shades and textures of black. Example: faded black shirt, rich black chinos, a black knit sweater, black leather braided belt, and grey/black oxfords.
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