Spring Summer – How To Incorporate the Key Trends
As we transcend from the frosty cold weather into spring/summer season we take a look at the six key trends that will enhance your look and maximize your style. Think floral patterns, serene pastel colors, sleek bomber jackets, and sports tech fabrics for inspiration.
Whether decorating wonderfully tailored suits, classic hoodies, jackets or colorful shirts, florals are very much on trend for this season. Dries Van Noten and SACAI opted for dark blue tones while the Italians Gucci and Prada translated floral prints in shocking red tones, on beautifully crafted suits, trousers and shirts giving a fresh new meaning to the notion of powerdressing.
A smart casual look for summer 2014 is incorporating sports tech fabrics from surf to skate and soccer related activities into your everyday routine. Imagine neon colors and bold textures as they were so brilliantly presented by luxury veteran designers Kris Van Assche and Issey Miyake. While newcomer Shaun Samson showed sports tech fashion drawing upon surfing and skating for inspiration. Bike chic dominated the catwalks of James Long’s show in London and Bally’s ready-to-wear collection. Then again if you’re a typically British cricket fanatic you might want to consider Thom Browne’s approach at Moncler Gamme Bleu.
You might assume that baby pink, blue and lilac tones are not typically manly. But truth be told, there’s nothing more appealing than the contrast of pastel colored tones on dark, sun kissed summer skin. Take Savile Row’s designer Richard James for example or Paul Smith who opted for a brighter summer color palette. Then think a mix mash in a 50 shades of blue pandemonium. From Saint Laurent to Calvin Klein and Giorgio Armani the theme was blending and crafting the perfect combination of blue tones from baby to navy.
As shown by designer powerhouses YMC, Rag & Bone and Astrid Anderson the bomber jacket has made a significant comeback from the 50’s emerging as an absolute must have for this summer season. It’s a staple piece oozing an air of cool and class. Neon light blue, mauve and silver are the colors of choice which can be easily incorporated into a laid back, casual outfit.
Double Breasted Blazer Jacket
Double breasted jackets/blazers are always a great option for most occasions. This classic style has been a designer’s favorite for many seasons, but this year the double breasted blazer took to the streets of Milan, Paris and London fashion week. If you’re feeling bold you could try this classic statement piece in a variety of bright colors or stick to a more understated palette such as beige, off white, gray and black tones. For an uber classic British look you could try the check jacket as shown by Thom Sweeney of Saville Row.
Simply put the soft leather bag. Burberry Prossum created a small clutch bag in daring fushia while Valentino and J.W. Anderson opted for luxurious black. Jil Sander crafted the perfect casual accessory with delicate sports references in fabric and a combination of grey tones with bright neon touches. As the predominately manly gym kit bag has transformed into tablet cases and ultimately man bags the forms tend to take a more slouchy and creative approach, giving way to the conservatism