Men’s Spring/Summer 2011 Essentials
January 5, 2011 8 Comments
With the holidays now over, the dreaded cold and lonely dog days of winter begin. There are a few remedies for the post-holiday-credit-card-bill induced winter blues. Some will turn to outdoor winter activities such as skiing and snowboarding, others will look forward to a vacation on some island in the Caribbean, many more will veg on the couch watching HDTV waiting for the weather to warm up.
So whether you’re comfortably sipping on your hot chocolate in some ski chalet in BC, tanning in front of your all-inclusive beachfront hotel somewhere near the equator, or drowning your winter blues in a deluge of surround sound in the comfort of your own home – a preview of what’s to come in men’s spring/summer fashion should help you see the light at the end of that dark snowy tunnel.
This year’s spring/summer collections saw a carrying over of trends that were big for fall/winter 2010, as well the introduction of some styling new ones. Designers like D&G and Etro, exhibited their playful new fashions on Picnic-in-Provence inspired catwalks, with meadowy themes and grassy catwalks that complimented their collections. Prada and Alexander McQueen took the futuristic minimalist route, choosing to eliminate distractions altogether, thus keeping the focus solely on the clean and simple lines of their clothing. Tommy Hilfiger and DSquared2 had us party-ready and punch drunk in colour, while Dolce & Gabbana and Michael Kors‘ neutral palette and white comfortable linens channeled the zen-like tranquility of beach towns in Sicily and California. For photos of SS11 fashion advertising campaigns please visit my Facebook page.
The designers’ fashion shows did vary, however it is obvious that they were on the same page when it came to some key trends for the coming season. Carryovers present in SS11 were last season’s leather biker jackets, rolled pant cuffs, plaid and skinny ties, bow ties, pocket squares, check and plaid shirts, camels (the colour), coloured socks, and designer sweats.
New were a lot of whites and off-whites, with darker greys and charcoals replacing blacks. For most of the collections, colours tended to be muted with earthy taupes, khakis, camels, tobacco browns, and olives dominating the catwalks. Clothing also tended to hang more loosely, more comfortably, with fine linens and light cotton/cotton-blends as fabrics of choice. The 80s inspired trends continue, including carefully placed pastels that are enough to put a smile on both Tubbs and Crockett. There are at least twelve spring/summer trends that I would like to explore in upcoming posts and in no particular order, nor any intended preference for one designer over another, here they are: