Menswear trends for Spring/Summer 2014
As part of the annual Vogue Fashion’s Night Out, David Jones hosted a menswear fashion show, compered by none other than GQ magazine’s Nick Smith (Publisher) and Ceri David (Editor). As GQ magazine is the quintessential guide for men who love fashion, when these style mavens talk, we’d be wise to listen.
Philippe Perzi Vienna attended and we’re pleased to present a run-down of the key menswear trends for Spring/Summer 2014:
50 shades of blue
Following suit (pardon the pun) from what was unveiled during the European Spring/Summer fashion shows, Australian men will be wearing blue on blue in all it’s vivid hues this summer. Models at the DJs fashion show were wearing blue suits, blue jackets, blue shirts, blue shorts and trousers and even blue shoes. The good news is, we’ve never met a man who didn’t look good in blue; it’s the perfect backdrop from which to add splashes of colour and it’s always fresh and classy.
Denim is in…even the good ol’ double denim aka the Canadian Tuxedo has made it onto the list of top trends for Spring/Summer. Once upon a time, the double denim look would have had the fashion police descend upon you, but this Aussie summer you’ll see plenty of men channeling James Dean. The key to making this trend work is to mix up the colours and washes.
You can’t go wrong in red, white and blue, unless they’re flashing behind you. The nautical palatte of navy, white and red is classic, easy to wear and could be argued not so much a trend, but rather a stayer in the modern man’s wardrobe. Models at the DJs parade were seen sporting bright red trousers, Breton polo shirts, yellow and navy stripes and Fisherman jackets in blue and green. This look is perfect for Australian summers and it’s about time men started channeling more Riviera chic than Manly corso.
It seems that the Aztec print is not only taking over the wardrobes of women, but men too. This is not the easiest print to pull off and perhaps it’s one for the younger men, but nevertheless, it’s a bit of fun and can look cool when worn casually. Models at the DJs parade were seen wearing shirts with an all over Aztec print as well as jackets with ‘a touch of Aztec.’ The key is not to go head to toe, keep this print to one or two shirts or a jacket and you can work it in with your existing wardrobe
Sorry gents, the no-sock look shows no sign of abating and this trend is in fact stronger than ever. Whether you’re wearing shorts or trousers, ditch the socks in favour of sockets (the invisible ones that sit below the ankle) and show off those ankles.
Add a bit of sprezzatura to your outfit and roll up those hems. The Italians have been doing it for ages, but Australian men are starting to catch on and models in the DJs parade rocked the look to perfection. The key is to choose the right cut of trousers i.e. slim cut chinos that sit close around the behind, slim around the thigh and calf with a slight kick at the hem. As a guide, the base of the trouser should sit around 2 inches from the rim of your shoe…but who’s counting.
With a return to the safe haven colour of blue, it doesn’t mean you have to be boring. Add some flair to an otherwise simple outfit with a pocket square and/or tie with stripes and polka dots. Or, stand out from the crowd with a cravat or woven tie.
Menswear trends for Spring/Summer 2014 at Philippe Perzi Vienna
Wondering how to incorporate these trends into your corporate wardrobe? Stay tuned for our next blog where we’ll give you some of our favourite men’s shirts for Spring/Summer 2014 which are right on trend.