Monday, 12 September 2011

My MANy Bags Trendspotting #185

Below: New York Fashion Week SS2012 – Boys have cast away frivolous trends and opt for a return to how men used to dress. Sartorial influences are strong...

Below: As does the masculine appeal of workwear...
Back To Classics: Real Style For Real Men

It's time yet again to play 'voyeurism' and take pleasure peeking at street styles during Fashion month. Tommy Ton of Jak and Jil , thru his keen eyes and lens, brings us what style savvy guys are clothing themselves at the shows now. First up, the boys from big apple for New York Fashion Week SS2012. So what's hot and what's not?

From my observation, the lines aren't that define this season. There are no distinct trends like colour blocking for SS2011 or camouflage prints a few seasons ago. But one fundamental thing that I noticed, gone are the days where flamboyant display of radical, 'scene-stealer' dressing hit fashion forefront. The boys are back to where they begin... classic dressing for real men. No more distressed t-shirts that resemble the homeless, spiky embellishments for fetish fans or pointy shoulders for disco diehards. It's referencing back again to the most elegant and basic of mens style: Sartorial influences that bring back the era of well dressed gentlemen and dandies.

Suits and jackets, rolled up trouser hems, pocket squares, bowties, braces, saddle shoes and brogues... all the smart elements that returns an air of refinement in mens dressing.

On the extreme end however, at grassroots level, are workwear influences. Tough boys who toil away at blue collar jobs and demand practical dressing that exemplifies functionality and masculine appeal. Think lumberjacks, truckers, denim, flannel shirts and work boots but reinterpreted with the romance of modern fashionable men.

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Update: Part 2 of the series is up on my facebook fanpage.

Source: Tommy Ton for GQ

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