Already there seems an obvious theme is emerging from the S/S13 Menswear shows. With designers moving away from the norm to really test their audiences, the need to shock and shake it up is evident; Christopher Bailey proved this yesterday with the latest Burberry Prorsum Menswear collection.
Like various designers such as JW Anderson earlier in the week, Burberry showcased classic menswear with a metallic, fluorescent overlay; breaking the mold and moving on from the sheer craftsmanship of A/W12. However where (unfortunately) JW Anderson slipped into unwearable territory; Bailey produced what I’m sure will become iconic leather and silk bomber jackets, shirts, cardigans and ties in colours David Bowie would be proud of. In fact the cool 70’s vibe was secured when the first bomber jacket came down the catwalk, and I’m sure instantly sold out. The muted, retro prints that covered shirts, bomber’s and eventually trench coats added that quirky vibe Burberry Menswear is becoming known for.
A true show of British class mixed with effortless cool and 70’s metallics that I for one, cannot wait to see the boys channelling come S/S13!
Spotted…..it’s creeping up on us yet again – CAMOUFLAGE. Yep, it’s that familiar print that intermittently moves from the battle field to the catwalk – notably in a more fashionable form than any army overalls I’ve ever seen! It’s no surprise, after the overwhelming presence of the Military theme seen on Men’s and Women’s A/W12 catwalks. If you need proof look no further – the streets have already seen the classic camouflage jacket. However, come autumn perhaps try a softer approach; think moss greens, deep maroon and dusky grey, relax in your tailoring, add quirky accessories and don’t forget to polish those (knee high) boots!
Valentino S/S13 Menswear Look 12 and Look 25
Army Street Chic on Topshop Tumblr
Elle Street Style
Stella McCartney Resort 13 Collection; it couldn’t get better! Every individual piece, every outfit, the colours, shapes is to name only the main features which made it an ideal collection. Stella always produces one of the most covertable collections of each season…if resort collection is anything to go by I cannot wait to see what is is store for Stella fans come S/S13!!!! My favourtie looks are below (nearly the whole show!!):
Using Turkey as his main inspiration, stereotypically thinking you may envisage copious amounts of fabric draped to create unstructured silhouettes, hooped earrings and headscarves perhaps with the odd belly chain thrown in; however, not if your Michael Kors. The designers Resort 2013 collection has surpassed my expectation of the New York designer who (if I’m honest) for me represents the Upper East Side ideal of perfection, glamour and practicality.
Yet, as I read in a recent article; this man is not one to be ignored and with Turkey, namly Istanbul as his inspiration; Kors has again proved just that. Using minimal structure as the base for opulent fabrics and colour; the contrasting textures such as fur and snakeskin mixed with gold EVERYTHING represent a youthful edge.
This collection is if I dare say it rather ‘cool’ maybe a little edgy. Luxury is key, of course and nothing says wealth like the rich colour pallet of deep cobalt, ruby red, gold topped off by a white safari suit darling; nevertheless it is the sharp tailored lines in shimmering gold/black ikat print, the jewelled peter pan collars, the unfitted overcoat in green snakeskin and thick leather sandal’s in black and metallics that sets this collection apart.
In particular my favourites include the gold Ikat trousers, mid-knee skirts and the corrordinating suits – fit for any occassion. For me this resort would be as at home sipping cocktails at the closing parties in Ibiza as it would holidaying in the Hamptons.
The New Yorker has done good or, at least I think so!