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15 Denim Standouts From The Menswear Fashion Shows, Fall 2012


New York Fashion Week may be in full swing,  but we didn’t want to blow through the week without acknowledging the menswear fashion shows in Europe.  Decidedly more subdued this time around, not to say there weren’t theatrics in play (Jean Paul Gaulter and Ann Demeulemeester notwithstanding) nor performance art (check out Thom Browne’s presentation), many brands incorporated denim into their Fall-Winter 2012 menswear collections while continuing to reach far back to source 300 years of fashion.

Agnes B FW2012: sleep jeans serve as a canvas for their genre-eclectic collection.
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infused denim into its Fall 2012 collection, which started off as a predictable menswear show, until it took a sharp turn towards androgyny with the introduction of a denim wrap skirt and tunic silhouettes which softened the male silhouette against cuffed, loose-fit jeans.   Some of the models were styled with ballet flats, which was not lost on us.

Balmain Fall 2012: still rock 'n' roll and military, but less gritty.
Olivier Rousteing isn’t trying to rock the boat too much at Balmain, after stepping in for Christophe Decarnin.  As you can see, jeans for men continue to be biker-chic, while the rest of the collection invokes the aristocracy of the Napoleonic era.

Dolce & Gabbana Fall-Winter 2012 continues to source from the past to reinvent dapper style.

Your Milk Man or Soda Jerk is reincarnated, thanks to Dolce & Gabbana‘s continued retro motif, juxtaposing a bit of Dandy style with some Blue Collar appeal.  Heavily whiskered jeans with a deep cuff signals a changing of the guard: the inseams and the rise are going up.
Dries Van Noten FW2012: efforts made to work with denim in graphics and color processes.

Dries Van Noten may be showing his appreciation for Dutch master painters (though he, himself, is Belgian): a warm orange jean is both trendy and classic-looking against the collection’s wild and experimental takes on the classic denim jackets. Evidently, the brand is not afraid to work outside the box.
Dsquared2 Fall-Winter 2012: a continued experiment in denim from top to bottom.

Dsquared2 has moved out of the Old West and continues to re-work denim in its various forms: a classic denim jacket holds metal appliques on its sleeves; drop-waist, contrast fabric waistband jeans are becoming the brand’s signature look, and an Argyle-washed chambray shirt was a creative turn and proof that the brand has placed a considerable amount of investment into denim fashion.
Images via Style.com.  Stay tuned for more fashion show coverage, this time from New York!

 

—Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Feb 10 2012 in Denim Fashion » Denim Menswear » Runway

Men’s Street Style in Denim at Pitti Uomo


This past weekend, fashion photographer Tommy Ton was out doing some style stalking at mens fashion week Pitti Uomo in Florence.  Men (and women) braved the cold weather in their finest, and denim fashion was aplenty.  We loved the casual juxtaposition between desaturated jeans and sartorial suiting complements as much as the use of denim jackets and dark wash jeans as the key element to a dressed up ensemble.  Nobody was trying to show off.  Right.

Men's denim street style at Pitti Uomo, January 2012.

Images via GQ.

—Kathy Ng Hassan

 

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Posted Jan 16 2012 in Denim Fashion » Denim Menswear » Street Style Watch

Men’s Fashion Week Highlight: Mugler Spring Summer 2012


One of our favorite collections to come out of Paris Men’s Fashion Week this time around is that of Mugler. We’re totally digging the overall 80s references:  pastel shades, strong neon colors like bright highlighter green, tons of lurex and windbreaker details, and some killer stone washed denim looks to point out a few. With a title like Brothers of Arcadia, huge metallic jewelry resembling armor, and the overall futuristic tone of it all we’re definitely getting a futuristic gladiator feel. With this marking the brands mere sophomore collection, needless to say we’ll totally be keeping an eye out.

Acid wash denim looks from Mugler Spring Summer 2012 runway show

Images via Style.com and Dazed Digital.

—Sandoval Gomez

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Posted Jun 30 2011 in Uncategorized

Men’s Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012 Roundup Part 2


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.

Men's Fashion Week S/S 2012

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!

Sandoval Gomez

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Posted Jun 28 2011 in Denim Menswear » Runway

AW 2011 Menswear Roundup Part 2


From Milan to Paris  its safe to say that the Autumn/Winter 2011 Menswear collections that have been showing these last few weeks are anything but underwhelming. Every designer has taken a step in a different direction, which makes for great and innovative fashion especially when it comes to denim. Two things are certain, this is definitely a season of firsts and a season of change.

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Muted and worn out denim in over-sized, billowy silhouettes pulled perfectly together with a daffy styling aesthetic that only Vivienne Westwood could pull off  was the name of the game for the designers namesake collection–and one change that we love! With stand-alone denim separates ranging from denim jackets to jeans  that can be  integrated into any wardrobe, this usually overly-conceptual line has been the denim surprise of the season thus far. Dark red lipstick and finger wave hairdo are optional, of course!

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Like we said in our last round up, AW 2011 is all about color and Dolce & Gabbana embraces this fully giving their collection some definite passion! Tapered, low-slung jeans in a variety of red and grey worn and acid washes created a slouchy silhouette that add an edge to the overall glam look of  multi-color sequins blazers a la Bryan Ferry. Skinny leather suspenders and heavy duty boots finish off the look.  As Style.com puts it, it’s definitely “…glam for a brash, butch new age.”

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It’s no secret that most of our denim go-to brands are going through a major denim deficit–at least when it come to the actual use of the textile. After last seasons heavy use of bleached out denim goods, we were excited to see what Dries Van Noten would offer us next. However, we got hardly anything to subside our  denim cravings. But no matter… instead many designers like Van Noten have opted get the classic denim look by way of other materials. Among the beautiful assortment of garments that appear to be denim (even to us at first glance) from shirts to coats, are a pair of actual denim motorcycle pants that unzip from waist to ankle. Though not exactly what we’re used, it’ll suffice.

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For more images from these collections and more go here. Want to know more about the latest AW 2011 collections? Stay tuned for more of our coverage of  Men’s Fashion Week!

Sandoval Gomez

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Posted Jan 26 2011 in Denim Menswear » Runway
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