Spring has sprung into action, and so have all your favorite designers of menswear. For years now, fashion for men has been developing from more than just suits and slacks, into daring pieces that play with silhouettes, experiment with color, and give innovation to the consumer. This year is no different. Three key trends men should be ripping from the runway this spring are Prints & Patterns, Fit &Tailoring, as well as Color.
Prints & Patterns are great for the budding businessman and the more classic male who doesn’t want to get to out there with his wardrobe, but still wants to stay current. This season the runways were a blaze with prints from designers like Vivienne Westwood, and Sarah Burton who awed with a bronze combination gold and silver metallic blazer with matching trousers for Alexander McQueen (see left). The bolder male “fashionistas” can go to the extreme, while the further subdued can opt for more subtle approaches like Viktor & Rolph’s zigzag patterned black and silver suit also featuring a metallic finish (see slideshow).
Runway shows are ushering in new trends reaching far beyond just clothing and accessories, thanks to the insurgence of backstage beauty coverage gaining almost as much popularity as the shows themselves. Hair and makeup, as seen on models from your favorite shows, are gaining space in the limelight and quickly setting trends for the season. Nails too are no exception, and direct re-iterations of clothing trends have been popping up on fingers and toes everywhere.
We’ve rounded up our favorite nail trends taken straight from the Spring 2012 runways, and let you know how to get the look with the same shades used backstage:
Sunglasses were present all over the spring 2012 runways. Top designers used the essential accessory to add flair to the face and bring the ensembles together.
One ever-present trend is the cat eye frame! This retro look fairs well on a range of face shapes. The model shown here from the Anna Sui collection shows off a colorful cat eye frame that accentuates the face while adding style.
Another trend is vibrant colored lenses and frames, including white. A wardrobe staple carried over from Jackie O era, plastic white frames are now making a come back on runways all over the world. Whether you opt for white or loud, vibrant colors, you are sure to add some flair to your look.
The general rule to mixing and matching patterns is to have each pattern the same size. When wearing all the same pattern, they should gradually go from big to small. If everything is the same size, it makes the outfit look too busy, which in turn, makes it difficult to focus on one item.
For example, a windowpane suit will have the biggest windowpanes, the shirt on the other hand, will have smaller panes. To top it off, the tie's print should be smaller than the shirt. Mixing different patterns can be tricky and can easily be messed up.
The suit doesn’t always have to be the largest, it can be the tie or the shirt sometimes. It’s all about creating different proportions that make everything work.