New York Fashion Week SS13 Menswear

This month is a whirlwind of Fashion shows, with Fashion Weeks taking place in fashion capitals. Today London Fashion week gets underway, but it all kicks off with New York. The shows in September are the Spring/Summer 2013 collections, so if they seem a little unseasonal as we head into winter that’s why!

The womenswear shows get the most press attention, with Victoria Beckham’s collection seeming to get the most UK press attention this year. But what of the poor-relation – the menswear?

Key trends seem to be:

Bold Colours

Pattern

Refined Casual dressing – ie unstructured tailoring, blazers with casual outfits (no collared shirts or suit trousers here)

Smart shorts

Elsewhere, the humble pocket square was celebrated at Prada’s New York store with these beautiful limited edition numbers available at their 5th Avenue store for New York Fashion’s Night Out.

So, how to apply this to actual dressing, and also to designing for spring? I like a little structure to a jacket, but its definitely a younger more casual look to loose that internal structure. It doesn’t seem right to me for a work suit, but if you’re young and in a band or an artist, this Michael Kors look would be cool:

I love the bright shirt, dark suit combination of this Nautica outfit. I think I’d investigate that for my own dressing as well as in my menswear makes.

JCrew also did this – I love the look!  (Although – strangely large feet, no?)

Todd Snyder and Michael Bastian are my new heros for putting pocket squares in every jacket, from the casual

Michael Bastian

Todd Snyder

To the smarter looks

Todd Snyder

As for pattern? I’d say, approach with caution. For example, I think a patterned shirt under a blazer is great, but head-to-toe is probably best avoided!

bleurgh!

So, that’s New York, but London, Milan, and Paris are still to come. Wonder what they’ll declare for next spring?

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