Toronto, August 20, 2012 – Brace yourselves. Yes, we are down to the last full month of summer. Out with Spring/Summer 2012 fashion and in with Fall/Winter 2012. By now, most retailers have cleared their summer stock and started on their fall back-to-school displays. The theme for FW12 menswear? Call it Death Star or Military Chic - doom and gloom is where it’s at. Perhaps it’s the fact that some historic societies have pegged 2012 as civilization’s apocalyptic finale, or maybe designers wanted to tone things down a bit for a change. The palette and styling is very dark, with many collections appearing reserved or even fascist in spirit.
There are many carryovers from FW11 including the long overcoats and trenches, double-breasted suits, man purses, and velvet formalwear. Monk strap shoes, tassel and kiltie loafers are and will continue to be big for some time as footwear and accessory cycles tend to be longer than that of apparel.
The refined tailoring and deep hues coming out of Milan provided us with some of the best FW12 menswear collections. Hard to forget the Baroque-inspired, brocade-filled Dolce & Gabbana looks or Prada’s star-studded parody of power. Gucci’s lush Visconti Grunge collection gave us some of the best footwear and accessories, in a palette that captured the essence of FW12. Ermenegildo Zegna and Trussardi channeled the hedonistic winter playboy vibe with some of the best avant and aprés ski looks we’ve seen in a while. Paris hit us with innovative heavyweight collections from Givenchy, Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Dries Van Noten, and many more. If Milan nailed tailoring and colour, then Paris dominated prints and statement wear. New York dazzled us with some of the most wearable trend worthy collections from menswear favourites such as Michael Kors, Marlon Gobel, and Simon Spurr. Happy to have seen Joseph Abboud’s new direction in luxurious menswear under Bernardo Rojo. Other pleasant surprises from NYC included Ankar Sweden making an early morning appearance atop the Empire Hotel and The Blonds finally introducing their Live Fast and Die Blond rocked out glam take on menswear.
This list of essential trends is by no means a complete list. These are merely 15 of the noteworthy essentials that’ll are likely to have you stand out of the crowd next season. We’ll be exploring some of these in greater detail in upcoming posts over the next few months. Happy shopping!