The main information to take home from the spring 2011 menswear collections is that Speedos are back. And some of them are tiny. But seriously, whether or not banana hammocks are your thong — er, thing — check out these spring 2011 menswear fashion trends to find out what you (or the man in your life) will need to purchase for next season.
1. I love the 80s: There was neon everywhere, plus camo prints, military fatigues, skinny suits, and high-waisted “rock climber” pants. Prada showed the best version of the new neon style, with fluorescent orange 3-button jackets, bright blue suits, and hospital-green ER scrubs (what?). Other designers highlighted a flash of color such as bright yellow belts that surely referenced one of springtime’s first flowers, the daffodil; and purple, like the pocket squares at Giorgio Armani that popped up like crocuses through the spring soil.
2. Prints and patterns: Think paisley, leopard spots, Jackson Pollock paint splatters, French Impressionism, and patchwork. Italian textile powerhouse Etro showed paisley on shirts, shorts, and ties; boho artist-turned-designer George McCracken went for patchwork, and Jean-Paul Gaultier showed fabulous “rain-splattered” shoes, pants, and matching bag.
3. Skorts: This is going to be a tough sell for some, but so many designers showed them that the sway of the skort (no pun intended…) may be hard to resist come spring time. And the male models did look soooo endearing in these “shorts with a wrap-over front flap”. Jil Sander showed pink and white tennis skorts, Givenchy had a leopard skort, and Jean-Paul Gaultier showed a long purplish skort with double belt that was more “kilt” than “pre-schooler.” (Indeed, the man himself has been wearing kilts for years.)
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4. Some things never go out of style: Linen suits and shirts, navy blazers, and white in all its glory were heavily featured. Tommy Hilfiger showed blazers with graphic stripes and pea coats with gold buttons; Perry Ellis showed laid-back linens in multiple hues, and pretty much everyone had something white.
My own personal favorites from spring 2011 menswear included CFDA favorite Richard Chai’s reinventions for Original Penguin (classic polo shirts updated with studs, ombre patterns, and over-sized armholes), a fabulous trench coat from Gucci that had belts around the neck instead of the waist, and, well, Bottega Veneta’s skimpy swimwear selection. Is it hot in here?
Sources: style.com, esquire.com