The great thing about the men’s collections is that they not only show us where menswear is heading, they remind us that the Haute couture collections are a few short weeks away.
[*And this time around, we can’t wait to see what Raf Simons will deliver for his first Christian Dior collection, which happens to also be his first-ever foray into the world of haute couture.]
If Paris is the Mecca for womenswear, London is its menswear counterpart! For all those [including us] who sometimes cringe at the sartorial choices of the female Royals, few –if any– ever complain about the male royals. Those Windsor boys may not be fashion-forward, but they do dress impeccably. More than a few Princes of Wales over the past 250 years have influenced the world at large with their pointed sartorial flair.
George Bryan “Beau” Brummell was, and will always be, an inspiration. A dandy’s “less-is-more” ideal suggests a lack of ornamentations and details; dressing “natural” is the name of this game. Brummell helped London to modernize and to transition the menswear of his day, helping it drop the superfluous 18th Century regalia of powdered wigs, rouge makeup and silk breeches for the seemingly simpler 19th century jacket and pants suit.
Menswear is currently experiencing an equal transition as witnessed by shifts of the past few years. As subtle as the men’s collections look compared to the women’s collections, they are still managing to introduce a few surprises… bending conventions from color choices to garment types… even starting to borrow items from womenswear! The ‘objectification of the male’ and his sartorial choices are in full swing, and from the look of it, the “boys” don’t seem to mind it a bit.
For fur this can only mean good news. More silhouettes, more creative adaptations, more fur looks appealing to a broader male audience. We look forward to the Fall 2013 men’s collections to see just how far things move!
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