For those of you unfamiliar with the genius of Rick Owens, allow us to introduce you. This American born but Paris based designer is worshiped by the fashion elite for his innovative, edgy, slightly Goth aesthetic. For Spring 2012, Rick introduced his 100mm Mohawk Wedge Boot for men, his first heeled boot for men. (For those of you too lazy to Google it, 100mm translate to just under 4 inches.) Although visionary, Rick Owens was not the first to introduce the heeled boot trend. Jeffrey Campbell, the beloved footwear brand, had its Areas men’s boot with its 2.5-inch heel. Other designers who have embraced the heeled boot trend are Gareth Pugh and Alain Quilici.
Pros: Boost in height
Cons: Increased chance of tripping
Rick Owens Mohawk Wedge Low Boots $1370 available at Luisaviaroma.com
Gareth Pugh Cuban Heel Cage Leather Ankle Boot $1725 available at luisaviaroma.com
Alain Quilici Crust Ankle Boot $1004 available at luisaviaroma.com
Man-stick (Lipstick for Men)
Lipstick has finally crossed the great gender divide! (maybe, sort of, kind of?) For Spring 2012, a handful of designers showed guys with a bit of color on their manly pouts. The designers and brands spearheading this trend are Band of Outsiders, which showed men wearing white and light blue tones and Ehud Joseph who showed models wearing bright yellow man-stick.
Pros: Attention (actually this might be a con?)
Cons: Messy coffee cups, reapplications
This trend, first started by Marc Jacobs, has become a staple in the menswear shows. Some of the best examples of this trend are Rick Owens and Ricardo Tisci at Givenchy. Rick Owens took the man-skirt trend to a whole new level by showing full on man-dresses on his spring runway. Givenchy kept the basic man-skirt but pumped it up with bright floral prints and matching meggings (man leggins).
Pros: Roominess, Ventilation,
Cons: Hit or miss with the girls
In the past few years, men's shoes have gone from basic loafers and oxfords to decked out acccessories. The latest trend in the high end men's shoe market is bejeweled shoes. For its Spring 2012 menswear show, Prada showed bejeweled golf shoes. Christian Louboutin, best known for his women's shoes, has also embraced the bejeweled men's shoe trend.
Pros: Can be used as a weapon
Cons: All that bling can't be comfortable