Friday, January 4, 2008

Mens 2008 Spring Trends

Suits with shorts
In a nostalgic look-back at prep-school uniforms, designers from a wide variety of “schools” of thought such as Salvatore Ferragamo, Bottega Venetta or Jil Sander, re-introduced the short and suits some of us use to hate in our early years. But who can deny the high class, juggernaut yet almost anti-conservative implication behind them. As long as they’re not preppied-up with more accessories and not too tight you will have the loose irresistible classic style generations of women – and men – have fallen for.

Jil Sander

Bottega Venetta

Salvatore Ferragamo

Bright colors
Bright colors paired together rarely fail to look clownish or costumy, but pair a bright color with an otherwise neutral outfit and you can produce a wide variety of styles that go from neo-classic to punk-rock. Christopher Bailey made crayola-bright coats for Burberry, Frida Giannini sprayed a skittles-worthy green on her classic silhouette, even Fendi went fluorescent yellow. But remember, one bright color and one bright color only boys.






The winter will be over soon but don’t stop covering your neck. Loose the scarf and pick something lighter. Whether it’s colorful or subtle it will have to be beefy and original just as the ones Paul Smith, Dries Van Noten or Dolce & Gabbana draped around their models. Wear them with confidence and you will look less like Mika and more like Kanye West – if that means anything to you.

Paul Smith

Dries van Noten

Dolce & Gabbana


Who said women have the copyright on layering during the Spring. From Yohiji Yamamoto to Jil Sander in a loose I’m-too-cool look, passing by Fendi in a daring add-on to a classic look, designers have experimented with see-through texture that don’t look like something George Micheal would wear to a club before hitting the mens room. Do you dare?


Jil Sander

Yohiji Yamamoto

Gleaming or reflective surfaces

Shiny surfaces are not only for in-your-face Dolce & Gabbana metallic pieces from last season or bike riders with a mustache. Think glitz, glossy and shining and meet Ferragamo, Gucci or even Fendi. The Dolce & Gabbana can be expected to go a little extravagant but when virtually all designers adopt the trend, the invisible hand of fashion buyers and creative directors shouldn’t be far behind, so expect to see the unexpected in stores, and who knows they might even end up in your closet.

Salvatore Ferragamo

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