Cheap Monday showed their spring summer 2012 collection last week during Stockholm Fashion Week and boy are pleasantly surprised with what we’ve seen. We’ve always been fans of the brand’s hard and ultra-futuristic aesthetic, however we have to admit we’re totally in love with their version of subtle (and even luxe) looks. Loose and comfortable silhouettes in bright colors such as electric blue, orange and bright yellow are styled along side simple denim separates in washed out tones. Beige lacquered pants and jackets are thrown into the mix for the perfect hint of texture. A definite breathe of fresh air, this collection is by far our favorite for spring thus far.
Images via Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.
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Acne‘s Jonny Johansson is always thinking outside of the box, even when he puts his models in it. The video below takes you behind the scenes at Acne’s Womenswear Resort 2012 fashion show, featuring a giant black frame which looks a bit like an enormous iPad screen (yes, our view is now distorted by iDevices). Models stream through this giant box which serves as the focal point of the fashion show. A minimalist setting complete with pastel blue runways, Acne’s Womenswear Resort 2012 fashion show featured some yummy Otterpop pastels and popcicle orange and yellow against its requisite neutrals. With shredded denim shorts, figure-hugging skirts and even a jeans jacket in the mix, styled with tousled and teased-hair models, everything looks very über chic Stockholm street style.
Acne Studios continues to churn out interesting collections with the goal of not following what’s going on in the rest of Europe. Acne Creative Director Jonny Johannsson provides some insight into this collection. If you watch carefully, Johansson is interviewed during the hectic fashion show set-up. Were they trying to show off his set, or did he simply get in the way? At any rate, they put Jonny in a box, which is so unlike his goals at Acne.
Video directed by Marius Crowne. For more information, go to Acne online.
—Kathy Ng Hassan
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Amidst pastels and pumpkin oranges, Acne Resort 2012 features shots of desaturated blues in suede and denim. The jean skirts and pants peeking out from beneath the layered ensembles are destroyed with large holes and fraying—the closing look featured a covetable dark-wash classic jean jacket with gaping holes and shredded shoulders. We couldn’t help but imagine this piece with cuffed up sleeves and a cocktail dress! That’s what we call vacation-wear.
Images via Fashion Gone Rogue.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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With Balmain no longer in the hands of Christophe Decarnin we were quite anxious to see where the always rockin’ brand would go. Lucky for us apparently his former assistant and now creative director of the house, Olivier Rousteing, seems to have the same affinity for the moto meets tailoring appeal. Denim remains a prominent part of the collection for the spring 2012 season including the iconic Balmain paneled biker jean this time in a slightly looser fit and in new washes like killer washed out pastel hues—totally on trend for spring. Washed out denim jackets, vests, and workshirts are also thrown into mix definitely keeping the casual-cool guy look alive. We definitely dig!
Images via Style.com.
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For any of those who had a doubt in their mind whether or not denim was going to be sticking around for yet another season we hate to say it, but we totally told you so. From denim jackets and blazers to jeans the big blue makes a mark on most every single note-worthy collection, though not always in its signature color. Print is a huge trend for the spring summer 2012 season and designer Paul Smith totally rocks it out modernizing the classic Levi’s denim jacket with abstract prints in electric jewel tones. As for Viktor & Rolf, multi-stripe denim separates add some dimension to the overall muted color palette of the 70s inspired collection. Likewise, denim jackets made a mark in a retro 70s vibe in Burberry Prorsum‘s ethic print-heavy lineup.
Images via GQ, Dazed Digital, and The Fashionisto.
Though it’s definitely not the driving force that it has been in past seasons, denim is still a strong force on the runways lending itself as a grounding element to most collections including Acne, who we have to say had some killer denim accessories. Definitely not going anywhere!
Had enough? Didn’t think so. Stay tuned for more menswear highlights from Paris Fashion Week!
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Two words well technically four words that we believe should be never put in the same sentence are Tye-die denim trousers. But apparently Thomas Maier felt the complete opposite when he produced his stylish and quite exuberant spring/summer 2012 Menswear denim line. It was said that Maier creativity, came to him from the 2011 Arab’s spring, which explains why the line would consist of such stylish, eye popping pieces. For the Bottega Veneta line, it seems as though an avant garde approach was taken, as oppose to the traditional style most of us are accustomed too. Denim pieces for the line were treated in a variety of fabric treatments incudling washing, creasing, over-printing, over-dyeing, dip-dyeing. We love the crazy over the top approach, but we’re also not quite sure how this line will play out in the real world. But in fashion the possibilities are endless, we’ll just have to wait and see.
Images via Denimology
— Ashlee Mellowes
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No shortage of denim in the Burberry Prorsum spring 2012 menswear line! The models hit the runway in layered fall looks that were heavy on color and whimsical charm. Loud prints, bold stripes, jewel tones and cute accessories (how adorable are these pom-pom topped knit hats?) were some of the characteristics that caught our eyes. But the real star of the show was the denim, in top-stitched boxy jackets and drop crotch jeans. As the inspiration trickles down from designer market to the lower tiers, we’re excited to see how this show will impact menswear post-summer.
See the full collection at Style.com.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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In the warm, luxe interior of the Soho Grand Hotel, we caught What Goes Around Comes Around‘s Fall 2011 runway show on the first official day of NYFW. The rustic-nordic-meets-bohemian cues were a perfect fit with all out glamorous ’70s retro style. Denim trends included a loose vintage stove pipe fit, thick cuffs, and (our favorite), hem slits with vertical button closure. The ladies paired their cuffs jeans with sky high red platform shoes. Boys styled white jeans with military jackets, loose gray washes with camel colored leather accessories, and a whole lot of fur.
Stay tuned for more from the tents!
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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