Sunday, 6 July 2014

Spring/Summer 2015 - The 8 MAJOR Trends

Spring Summer 15 saw a much more relaxed take on dressing.  Menswear designers are rejecting formality in favour of something altogether more fluid.  Sportswear influenced almost every category - a reflection of how men live and dress today, and perhaps an indication that life is becoming a race. Especially for you, I have ploughed my way through all the Spring Summer 15 shows to give you an edit of what are, in my opinion, the 8 most important menswear trends for the season.

1. Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking
From Left To Right: Y3, Givenchy, Walter Van Beirendonck, MSGM, Thom Browne

I couldn't help but quote 'The Devil Wears Prada'! Florals might not be groundbreaking, but they are a massive menswear trend for Spring/Summer 15. The co-ord is still huge, and floral looks were often bold head-to-toe looks with either matching or clashing floral prints.

2. Long and Oversized
From Left To Right: Givenchy, Andrea Pompilio, Nicomede Talavera, Acne, Yohji Yamamoto

An inescapable trend this season - Tops stretched to the thigh, shirt tails were elongated, skirt shapes covered shorts, and tunics grazed the knee. While some designers chose to elongate, others went completely oversized for a sloppy relaxed look.

3. Purity
 From Left To Right: Craig Green, Damir Doma, Agi & Sam, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Walter Van Beirendonck

Clean and pristine - clinical shapes crafted from white poplin created a stark edgy silhouette. The white shirt is my favorite wardrobe staple, and something no man can live without, but this season it has been updated with unusual crisp collars and structured paneling.

4.  Check Mate
From Left To Right: MSGM, Jonathan Saunders, Ami, Richard Nicoll, 3.1 Phillip Lim

Checks and Tartans are normally patterens reserved for the winter months, but they have been updated in a cleaner geometric form for Spring Summer 15. Applied to fluid silhouettes, they feel modern rather than heritage-y, and super cool when clashed with a floral print, or worn head to toe.

5. Shimmery Shiny
From Left To Right: Dries Van Noten, Nasir Mazhar, Richard Nicoll, Bobby Abley, Casely Hayford

Metallics appeared in many designers collections - again something normally reserved for the winter months, and the Christmas party season. To make them more appropriate they were presented in a softer way - less about full on bling, and more of a subtle shimmer. Bobby Abley even added the extra element of texture to metallics to fantastic effect.

6. Strapped up and Tied Up
From Left To Right: Yohji Yamamoto, Givenchy, Craig Green, Dries Van Noten, Andrea Pompilio

With Zana Bayne launching a mens harness collection this week, it's of no surprise that bondage influence was found on the spring/summer 15 catwalks. Like most of the other trends though, it has been softened and relaxed, with cotton ties holding together jackets and draping casually like fringe.

7. Pin me down
From Left To Right: J W Anderson, E. Tautz, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Casely Hayford, Matthew Miller

Pinstripe hasn't really made much of a statement for a few years, but it's making it's triumphant comeback next season. The traditional suiting fabrics has be appropriated into far more casual silhouettes, and was barely recognizable as being the standard city banker uniform of old.

8. I Can See Right Through You
From Left To Right: Givenchy, Astrid Andersen, Christopher Shannon, Maison Martin Margiela, KTZ

Another one of my favourite trends - by now I'm sure you've realised I love anything see-through, and sheer and cut out clothing is here to stay. If you're worried about showing too much flesh, style it the Givenchy way, layered over a white shirt to give a gentle nod to the trend.

Roll on Spring/Summer 15!

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