John Galliano Grunge To Robert Downey Jr’s Lederhosen: What Is Going On With Men’s Fashion Right Now?

24 April 2013 by

Rad new men's trends: Pajama suits at Louis Vuitton, Thinking pink at J.W. Anderson and matchy-matchy camo at Valentino

Right now menswear is one of the fastest growing sectors in the fashion industry. A quick glance at any designer catwalk show, online retailer or high street chain and you’ll see that across the board experimentation is standard. Not to mention that the original trail blazer, Bowie, is back on the radar and influencing fashion – for boys and girls – once more.

No longer are regular guys ashamed to be style conscious (well, it is ten years since the term metrosexual was coined), and thus, those ill-fitting over-distressed jeans and naff slogo t-shirts can start to fade out…. We hope.

As if to prove an extreme point about the lads’ wardrobe liberation, over the past week or so we’ve spotted some rather jazzy and statement-making ensembles offered from men in the spotlight. Whether these style-conscious chaps are victorious in adding an alternative nuance to their style is still up for debate…

Left: Galliano grunged up today. Right: his costume looks from past seasons

Let’s start with designer (and now Parsons fashion school lecturer) John Galliano, who debuted a mind-boggling mash-up of grunge, gothic, camo…. In fact, we lost count at trend number 23. While we’re fully aware of Galliano’s appreciation for a literal fancy-dress ensemble upon taking his catwalk bow (see the two right hand images above), this, is, something, else. A comeback look, perhaps? Well it’s certainly eye catching, and a wild adventure in layering. The socks and sandals have a certain Russell Brand-ness about them. The Mexican poncho adds a gap-yah vibe. Pink plastic sunglasses and a lace-shirt throw out the masculinity of his many khaki pieces (beanie, cape, camo pants) and we’re truly intrigued by what that black piece of technology around his neck is. Confused-dot-com? We are. But happy, too.

Downey Jr strikes a pose in Germany

R D Jr has been on a non-stop promo tour for Iron Man 3, and while much of the spotlight has been on Gwyneth Paltrow’s perfect pins, Robert red carpet choices could easily compete for attention. There's been velvet, funky specs and trainers with suits, but the lederhosen were the high point of his sartorial escapades. Ok, ok, he was in Germany and we appreciate his Kate Middleton approach to dressing appropriately via the most literal option on offer. But it’s the super serious face set against a printed neckerchief and hiking boots that really lifts one’s spirit. Cheeky Robert has such charisma we still fancy him even in this moment of fashion madness.

Matthew McConaughey in Vivienne Westwood

We’re all fans of a classic Vivienne Westwood check, but did you ever think you’d see Mr Matthew McConaughey wearing a three-piece tartan Viv suit – with a very shiny finish? We always thought of MC as a safe dresser – you know, dad jeans, naff sneakers and too-tight-a-t-shirt kinda guy. But for the screening of his latest movie ‘Mud’ in New York, Matthew left the regular kit at home and stepped into the Grande Dame’s daring creation.

What's your verdict? Do you like a boy with bold style?


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Matilde Socha Manrique (Wed May 08 10:35:26 BST 2013): It's time to allow men to express their selves on a more creative way that the plain boring suit.