Mannenmodetrends lente/zomer ’14
by Igor Guinau
It’s an exciting time for menswear. The men’s fashion market is enjoying strong growth thanks to designers and retailers focusing more and more on style-conscious men. From high-end to mass market, men are being serviced better and better when it comes to fashion-forward clothing. Brands like Burberry and Dolce & Gabbana have recently opened dedicated men-only stores, luxury web stores such as MR PORTER and Luisa Via Roma sell out showpieces in no time, and high street chains like H&M and Mango successfully operate dedicated men’s stores. It’s still a far cry from the fashion options our female counterparts have – especially in the Netherlands – but it definitely marks the beginning of a new era in menswear.
The most exciting new proposals for Spring/Summer 2014 come from the UK, with emerging designers such as J.W. Anderson (who recently sold a minority stake in his business to luxury house LVMH) and Astrid Andersen shaking up classic menswear codes, both incorporating female elements in their collections. Their bold statements might not be instant bestsellers, but their message is crystal clear: it’s time to crack the boundaries of menswear. Are you ready?
Here’s a rundown of the five most striking menswear trends for Spring/Summer 2014.
The Feminine Touch
Above: Astrid Andersen
Below: J.W. Anderson / Raf Simons
The once so strict division between the male and female wardrobe begins to break down, and a unisex silhouette arises.
Below: Givenchy / Kokon to Zai
Africa is the next emerging fashion market. Designers find inspiration in the continent’s bold colors, tribal prints and layered dress style, combining it with a hint of urban streetwear.
Above: Dries Van Noten
Below: Prada / Calvin Klein Collection
Wish you were here… Blue skies, tropical sunsets, exotic flowers; this season’s statement prints are reminiscent of the perfect summer holiday.
Above: Dior Homme
Below: Hermès / Trussardi
Although not an obvious material choice for the summer season, leather was a hot item on the international catwalks. Unlined and made from the softest and thinnest fabric, these leather shirts, shorts and pants are the perfect summer attire. No sweat.
In Full Gear
Below: Bally / James Long
In Amsterdam, there are more bikes than people. And the popularity of the bicycle keeps on growing, especially in fashion capitals London, Paris and New York. This inspired various designers to bring the cult of biking to the runway.