July 1, 2014

Menswear Masterclass

The international menswear collections came to a close on Sunday with the final destination: Paris. Although catering to a male shopper, the men’s collections can provide a wealth of inspiration for the style savvy girls among us! Check out my tips for embracing masculinity for Spring/Summer below.

1) Jungle Botanicals

Florals are officially in, but ditch the ditzy daisies in favour of something a little more tropical. Menswear designers such as A. Sauvage and Dunhill chose a mix of palm prints and Hawaiian flowers to embellish artfully orchestrated seperates, mixing them with acid colours to add to the carnival vibe of the collection. This trend would translate easily into a women’s holiday wardrobe – but to keep the look from looking overdone, mix with neutral tones, ripped denim and wide brimmed hats.

Fausto Puglisi Palm Tree Jacket

Equipment Reese Paradise Palm Print Shirt

Marni Foliage Print Bag

2) Hot Red

Dolce & Gabbana aren’t afraid of making a statement and their swarm of male models dressed in red suits to close their Spring/Summer 2015 show was quite the spectacle. What’s great is that red is on trend for women too, and compliments a summer tan perfectly. Snap up beautifully tailored pieces and wear with a lacy black bra and dainty jewellery. If you’re brave, try a red lip and heel too!

Each x Other Tuxedo Jacket

Each x Other Tuxedo Pants 

3) Better than the vest?

 A wide selection of designers chose the humble vest as a pivotal piece for their collection. Calvin Klein did underwear as outerwear, Versace opted for a string design, and Ermenegildo Zegna went for a slouchy style. To translate this into your everyday wardrobe, go for luxurious fabrics over punchy leather or sequin pieces, topped with dainty jewellery, and of course a killer pair of shoes!

White Racer Vest from T by Alexander Wang

Acne Studios Belief Linen tank top

Kenzo Cotton Printed Logo Tank

4) Striped Sensation

Stripes are one of those things that just keep coming back into style. During the menswear collections, it was all about monochrome thick vertical lines and horizontal pin stripes teemed with basic seperates from designers such as Gucci and Emporio Armani. Choose your vest to be worn with chic city shorts or a clashing print.

Rag & Bone Striped Boy Tee

Jonathan Simkhai Ribbed Stripe Skirt

House of Holland Sunglasses

Saint Laurent Medium Betty Bag

5) Wild Wild West

Thanks perhaps to the success of last year’s Dallas Buyer’s Club, designers went a little rodeo crazy for their respective menswear offerings. Katie Eary did cowboys on acid and Topman Design did fringe jackets in sun-bleached hues. This look is relatively easy to integrate into your wardrobe with some simple investment pieces, such as fringing, sunset colour ways and a great pair of aviator sunglasses. Yeehah!

Fringed Suede Jacket by Kate Moss for Topshop

Tibi Fiore di Cactus Skirt

Victoria Beckham Classic Aviator Mirrored Sunglasses

Gucci Nouveau Fringed Handbag 


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