Monthly Archives: June 2011

Marled or Mesh?

Burberry, Jil Sander, Gucci

In addition to the other sweater trends I mentioned earlier this week, MARLED SWEATERS become a hit on the runway, especially at Jil Sander. Also on the knitwear front, Dolce & Gabbana introduce net-like OPENWORK. The look emulates a relaxed Riviera mood, reflective of many Milan collections for Spring 12.

Dolce & Gabbana

Along similar lines, MESH becomes an important material for the young men’s market, often signaling an athletic twist.

Dolce & Gabbana




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MUST-HAVE S12 Outerwear from Milan

Versace, D&G, D&G

Coming off of SO MANY OUTERWEAR OPTIONS for Fall 11, it’s fantastic to see that the momentum keeps going full speed ahead into Spring 12. So far in the Milan shows, BOMBER JACKETS are a HUGE deal (above and below).

Gucci, Neil Barrett, Gucci

What’s more is that bombers provide plenty of options for newness, ranging from brilliant colors and prints to sophisticated leathers and even quilting options. Speaking of options, where does master outerwear label Burberry stand?


While Burberry had a full range of outerwear including oversized trench coats and a wealth of raincoats, the big takeaway is the PARKA. Yes we’ve seen it before (last season in fact), but Burberry is surely king in the parka assortment. Not to say that others haven’t followed suit.

Salvatore Ferragamo, DSquared2, Gucci

But now for yet another must-have of Spring 12. Introducing SUEDE OUTERWEAR. Below, Versace is keen on biker styles and even a perforated bomber.


Others also feature suede jackets and coats, proving that this Spring 12 material is the perfect match to outerwear.

John Varvatos, John Varvatos, Etro


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Short Story, Lots of Volumes


Since the Spring 12 menswear season is in full gear, you might be wondering what’s new with shorts. The major direction featured on the Milan runways is volume shorts. Above, Versace does it best with a very commercial shape set to new materials and colors for added interest. Below, Calvin Klein also ups the newness factor with below-the-knee shorts that are equally big on volume.

Calvin Klein


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eLONGated Blazers

Costume National, Gucci, Versace, Costume National

There’s a lot happening in men’s tailoring for the Spring 12 season, and we’re only beginning in Milan! We could already count the ways with 3-button blazers, sleeveless blazers, and now elongated blazers. There’s a couple things that brought on this particular shape. First, we have been seeing elongated shapes in menswear for the past few seasons in wovens and knitwear, so it was bound to strike tailoring. Elongated silhouettes have been adapted to both single and double breasted styles, but what’s perhaps most interesting is that we’re starting to see those low-button stances incorporated with elongated styles. Broad shoulders also work in the 50s flavor of Costume National’s Teddy Boys.

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Not Your Average Suit

Etro, Gucci, Etro, Gucci

Last season sure buttered us up for what’s to come in Spring 12 suiting. The patterned suits featured above are EVERYWHERE this time around (thanks Fall 11 for the introduction), and plaid is a dominant expression at luxury brands. And speaking of last season.. remember those white suits?

John Varvatos, Calvin Klein, Salvatore Ferragamo, John Varvatos

Well, they’re back! What’s great is that now we’re talking Spring 12, so white looks ever-so-more season appropriate. Milan menswear also happened to feature a lot of brights which make for the ultimate introduction of colored suits.

Bottega Veneta, Versace, Bottega Veneta, Versace


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Musical Muses

I just adore this spread in W Magazine, July edition. Behind The Muses features 8 designers and the musicians who inspire them. This is great because in some cases it’s a bit expected and the musician has the same sort of style as the designer, but for others it’s a deeper appreciation for the artist and their personality, which is ultimately in line with the brand. Definitely worth the short read, in which Deborah Harry talks about the roots of each designer/musician love affair. Note the reason I say affair is because some designers, a-hem Karl, tend to change muses with every season collection.

Diplo & Alexander Wang

Donatella Versace & MIA

Esperanza Spalding & Francisco Costa

Florence Welch & Frida Giannini

George Craig & Christopher Bailey

Janelle Monae & Karl Lagerfeld

Kanye West & Rodarte

Yoko Ono & Proenza Schouler

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Return of the 3-Button Blazer

Salvatore Ferragamo, Missoni, Salvatore Ferragamo

Didn’t I tell you that Prada’s 3-button suit of Spring 11 would come back to haunt inspire us? For Spring 12, the 3-button blazer becomes a forward – yet wildly adapted – direction.

Pringle of Scotland

But not all 3-button styles are created equally. Case in point, above and below we have some very high button stance blazers from Pringle of Scotland and Jil Sander, which progress the concept beyond Prada’s original style from two seasons ago.

Jil Sander


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