Ooh, we love a bit of menswear. Not ONLY because we get to look at lots of men, wearing clothes (most of them) on a catwalk, but also because we get to start planning the boyfriend’s wardrobe for next season, thusly ensuring it co-ordinates with ours. >rubs hands gleefully<. SO - join Grazia Daily, grab a pen and let’s start planning what the menfolk are going to be donning for S/S ’12:
L to R: D&G, Burberry Prorsum, Versace
PATTERN: Think about the boyfriend’s wardrobe for a second: is there one single patterned item in it? Not including a Breton T-shirt or check shirt. Exactly. Well, for S/S ’12 menswear designers have gotten over their allergy to all things decorative with D&G showcasing Italian scarf-style prints on shirts and shorts, while Donatella Versace harked back to Versace’s 90s heyday with bold, bright poppy patterns on summer jumpers and swim shorts. Kim Jones debut for Louis Vuitton was peppered with red and pink checkerboard, and at Burberry Prorsum Christopher Bailey presented chunky tribal inspired prints in earthy hues. Heck, even Giorgio Armani, king of pared-down monochrome cool got in on the act with a chequerboard sweater. Now, if ARMANI’S doing pattern, the boyfriend has no excuse not to…
L to R: Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton,
SLICK: Great news for women looking for some back-up in getting their boyfriends out of eight-year old jeans: smart is in. At Gucci, McQueen and Marc Jacobs the emphasis was on slimly tailored looks that will look PERFECT when he takes you out somewhere really, really expensive. How thoughtful.
L to R: Burberry, Cavalli and McQueen
YELLOW! Well, hello sunshine. Yellow was definitely THE colour of the moment last week, with a variety of hues from fisherman to mustard on display. Roberto Cavalli, typically, went all-out with a slim-cut mustard suit, whilst Christopher Bailey at Burberry Prorsum kept it sliiightly more wearable with loose funnel neck jumpers and oversized double breasted coatigans. Grazia Daily’s favourite look, however, comes from Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, who presented a Jagger-eque collection of slim 60s suiting including an amazing mustard jacket. We’ll be borrowing that.
L to R: Pringle of Scotland, Louis Vuitton
NEW FACES! Kim Jones for Louis Vuitton and Alistair Carr for Pringle both made their menswear debut this week, with Carr receiving rave reviews for his reimagining of the classic Pringle knit, saying ‘I want to strike the balance between respecting and reinterpreting the Pringle of Scotland heritage’ in the pre-show notes. Kim Jones presented tailored looks with a touch of nautical, in navy white and grey, and over on the Vivienne Westwood catwalk, Andreas Kronthaler (Dame Viv’s husband) stepped up to take a bow with his wife at the end of the menswear show for the first time, with Vivienne saying that Andreas ‘heads the MAN team and I'm very glad to share with him our creative work in fashion’ in a post-show release. Ah, bless.
L to R: Thom Browne, Yohji Yamamoto, Givenchy
SKIRTS: Every few seasons, menswear designers - seemingly bored with their limited options for below the belt attire, decide that THIS will be the season that men’s skirts really catch on for people other than Marc Jacobs and, very occasionally, Robbie Williams. For S/S ’12, Thom Browne, Givenchy and Yohji Yamamoto have decided that skirts are THE item for next season. Men everywhere will, almost certainly, disagree.
L to R: Louis Vuitton and Versace
SOCKS AND SANDALS: No, really. On the catwalks at Louis Vuitton and Versace. And guess what – we actually kinda liked it….
*suddenly confronted with the realisation that everything we believed to be true may actually be false.*