Men’s Fashion Trends S/S 2012

Fashion trends Spring Summer 2012

It is still winter outside, but a man who is devoted to having the best possible looks always gazes towards the new coming fashion trends. Thus, we will enter the vast realm of men’s fashion and examine the Spring/Summer 2012 tendencies among some of the most notable designers in the world. While men are still considering what to wear in the upcoming spring, fashion designers have already said their final word on the matter long time ago. The styles they offer vary from elegance to extravagance.

The Blue Colors

Botega Veneta surprised us by the extensive use of the blue shades. However the blue color was not the sole ruler of the collection; its dominance was shared along with cyan, indigo, navy and turquoise. These were the kinds of silhouettes that could be seen in any types of clothing, from jackets to trousers, and from shirts to shoes. As the image shows, the bold use of blue clears the whole outfit. When combined with related tones the blue oxygenates the whole costume and makes it look like a cloudless sky on the horizon.

Fashion trends Spring Summer 2012
Fashion trends Spring Summer 2012

Plaid Clothing

The designs presented by Gucci were filled with tiles, squares and check board patterns. Geometry is freely invited on the costume and gives the appearance of businessman with a touch of derision. Be careful, and do not forget to pay attention to the total grid! It is imperative that such costume should be worn with a shirt and other solid color accessories. For fans of the preppy look, the bow tie will be an essential feature.

Fringed Loafers

In the spring of 2012, the loafers for men will be adorned with fringes. Prada uses this timeless classic, with an elegant and aristocratic touch. The fringed loafers have been the heyday of male fashion for centuries. Leather or suede, with tassels or laces, the only requirement for this season is to lift them a bit higher, with a sole made of cork or rubber, and matching the right color.

Fashion trends Spring Summer 2012
Fashion trends Spring Summer 2012

The Stripes

According to Alexander McQueen the spring of 2012 will literally go behind bars. The prison will be printed up, but certainly handled with care in order to avoid conviction. The vertical stripes are narrow and discrete on the jacket but wide and bold on all the other pieces.

The Irridescence

The fabrics in Vivienne Westwood’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection are iridescent. She used a great amount of shimmering materials and clothes wrapped in halo bright. Silk, satin and velvet carefully reflect the light and give the appearance of a catwalk Milky Way. Shiny materials always commingled with darker ones.

Fashion trends Spring Summer 2012
Fashion trends Spring Summer 2012

Ovesized Pants

Goodbye skinny and slim. Welcome XXL pants. The principle is simple: the pants become wider around the thighs and looser in the calf area, always with the consideration not to change the form too drastically. The size is large around the waist, but it should remain tight along the ankle by the use of a simple hem or a big setback.

Transparency

For next summer Dolce & Gabbana presents a body of a man that is more revealed and emancipated. But don’t worry puritans; this is done in a very subtle way. We know that fashion in its nature is furtive and often suggests nudity. Here the use of muslin and mosquito netting skillfully uncovers the male muscular torsos. This elegant move by the designer causes a marvelous show/hide effect.

Fashion trends Spring Summer 2012
Fashion trends Spring Summer 2012

The Purse

Yes, the purse is allowed for men. The male version of Bottega Veneta is smaller in size and made from rigid materials. Also we notice the use of some more wild impressions (like python or leather). Closed by a zipper or a flap, it is generally preferred to be in dark colors. The numerous briefcases and wallets now have a serious competitor.

The Neo-creepers

The famous punk shoes, popular in the 50s in the UK, make a rock n ‘roll return back to the summer of 2012. Give that opportunity they adopt more whimsical prints: like check boards or sequins. The new merry Teddy Boys neo-creepers combined with straight cut pants and a bolo tie are indispensable for achieving a hundred percent rockabilly look.

Fashion trends Spring Summer 2012
Fashion trends Spring Summer 2012

The Monochrome Look

The single color appeared as a fundamental trend in Roberto Cavalli’s collection. His pieces borrowed tones form the rainbow specter and other bright color palettes. We could see explosive cocktails offering a visual detonating effect.

The Hawaiian Patterns

The tropical scent floating over male fashion seems to have stopped over in Honolulu for a season. The garments in Jean Paul Gaultier’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection are adorned with hibiscus flowers, plumeria and birds of paradise. Are you ready for a cruise in the Pacific? This tendency is ideal for summer, it gives you a more relaxed look and you can always combine it with more strict and sober pieces.

Fashion trends Spring Summer 2012
Fashion trends Spring Summer 2012

The Short-pants

A look back to the school days tinted with childlike candor. The short-pants in Yves Saint Laurent’s collection are the essential part of Summer 2012. They are worn above the knee, relatively close to the body (on the edge of underwear) and preferably pleated or clamped. The shorts are matched with a suit jacket or a workwear, using suspenders and socks, thus revisiting the Scout uniform.

The Sandals

Walking barefoot upon the podium is often associated with the sea. Think of the beaches of Copacabana and Croisette. Wearing sandals is required move if you want to feel more ease and comfort. Also it is an imperative if the man desires to demonstrate a more light and relaxed approach in a pure spirit of Dolce Vita. However be mindful with the materials: plastic sandals are for the beach but leather ones should be worn in the city.

Fashion trends Spring Summer 2012
Fashion trends Spring Summer 2012

The White Shirt

The white shirt is immaculate and unbeatable, it reigns as the absolute queen of the menswear. This is a classic that has been reinvented numerous times by designers, thus making it an almost eternal garment. Ubiquitous on the parades, the shirt is either opaque or transparent (sometimes even with a lace trim). It could be a simple neck, mao style, shawl or even claudine… In short, it is an obligation to have at least one in your wardrobe.

The Short-sleeved-shirt

More comfortable and lighter than the long-sleeved shirt, the short-sleeved one is an intelligent compromise between elegance and relaxation. The sleeves are shortened or rolled up by a languet. It is worn on an open chest or buttoned up and tucked into the trousers in order to assure a more refined look. Warning: the shirt, though casual, is sophisticated. As such, it has to be perfectly ironed and without any wrinkles if you want to achieve a preppy look.

Fashion trends Spring Summer 2012
Fashion trends Spring Summer 2012

The Mesh

If it is a must in the winter collections, the mesh is also present in the collections of the Spring/Summer 2012. Issey Myake has worked with the delicacy and the volume of the wool in order to achieve the effect of a more subtile and vaporous texture. The tricot, being light, soft, and flexible, becomes an essential part of the summer evenings.

The Camel Color

Brown, gold, ocher and yellow. The fall colors are acclimated to the summer season, but this is done by their evocative power: a safari in Africa, dunes of sand in Sahara, or a Moroccan wilderness. In his Spring 2012 collection Dior used colors that look like sunset, matching the “nude” shades of the human body, as well as more discrete ones like white, beige, or ivory.

Fashion trends Spring Summer 2012
Fashion trends Spring Summer 2012

The Scarf

The dandy style reappears in Gaultier’s collection. The timeless elegance of the aristocratic Anglo-Saxon neckwear, with scarves of silk and satin, is used to attain an impertinent simplicity but also to demonstrate upper-class preppiness. Attached as a simple knot, a cross, or as a Middle-Eastern headwear it became the emblem of the aphorism of Oscar Wilde: “A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.”

The Rangers

The military boot was an essential of Dior’s Spring/Summer 2012. It is rising up higher, with laces or with a zip and armed with a lugged outsole. The rangers became very popular with the Gothic movement since the mid-90s (including the New Rock). The soldier’s boots are worn with skinny jeans or shorts. It is formally banned to combine them with a camouflage look.

Fashion trends Spring Summer 2012
Fashion trends Spring Summer 2012

The Petticoat

Alexis Mabille’s Spring 2012 collection in Paris showed that safety clothing has definitely earned its ways into fashion. Wrapped around with rolled up sleeves and ankles, it is good to accessorize it with moccasins, a dark trench coat, or a fitted jacket.

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