In Fall 2012 Mens Trends

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I used to study architecture, believe it or not.  While I still love the field, my heart now lies in fashion.  So every now and then I get the question posed to me "what made you go from architecture into fashion?"  Although there are great similarities especially involving the thought processes of the two, my main answer always revolves around how fashion had rules but was always a less strict interpretation of lines that yielded faster rewards.

As men greater move into exploring their own, the rules of menswear that were once seemingly analogous to the rigidity of architecture, are now becoming a lot more open to interpretation.  This interpretation is fueled by more demand, creativity and a faster flow to life that involves thinking outside the box (or lines for that matter).

For Fall 2012, menswear designers were intent on speaking the language of tailoring in ways it had never been before; subtly, nattily, cheekily, tastefully, playfully yet all assuredly.  In what will be a first post in a recap of Fall/Winter 2012's trends, here are the ubiquitous suit, topcoat and sportcoat re-examined as I longed I'd always see them.

Visual Perception

Clockwise from top left: Two-toned at Bottega Veneta, shadow marked at Bottega Veneta, geometrically arched at Bottega Veneta, colorblocked at Pringle of Scotland, Cubist-blocks at Phillip Lim, sliced and skewed at Alexander Wang, faded out layer effect at Custo Barcelona and faux-bounded at Simon Spurr

Remixed Entry

Clockwise from top left: hidden tabs at Lanvin, masked buttons at Damir Doma, alternating button stances at Yohji Yamamoto, cinching closures at Kris Van Assche and duffel toggles at Dior

Textiles Gone Wild

Clockwise from top left:  sharky camo at Miharayasuhiro, archipelago romp at Custo Barcelona, tartan interplay at Vivienne Westwood, intoxicated plaid at Issey Miyake and puffed up windowpanes at Miharayasuhiro

Heritage Nuances

Clockwise from top left: quilted varsity at Moncler Gamme Bleu, gun flap channeling at Siki Im, svelte matching varsity at Simon Spurr, Into the West hunting at Junya Watanabe, luxury hints at varsity at Louis Vuitton, mod varsity at Yigal Azrouël and varsity on the front line at Umit Benan

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  1. I agree with you for every single word!
    I study architecture too, I can understand you very well!
    Alessandro -



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