Menswear Trends SS14 – part II
By Igor Guinau
Most men don’t care about fashion trends. Or maybe they don’t dare to wear them. There seems to be a persistent taboo surrounding cutting-edge fashion statements for men. Because, heaven forbid, one might come across as too feminine. Fortunately, a new generation of designers and aficionados is fed up with those boring clichés and has started experimenting with the once so strict boundaries between the feminine and masculine wardrobe.
The other day, I did an interview with Philip Warkander, the world’s first PhD in Fashion Studies. He has collaborated with Swedish retailer Weekday on a collection that wasn’t restricted by traditional definitions of gender. This collection – entitled MTWTFSS/HE and in stores as of February – explores the relation between body and garment beyond the stereotypical ideas of masculinity and femininity within fashion, beyond categories such as womenswear, menswear, or unisex. Skirts and dresses for guys might seem like a bridge too far, but you might want to reconsider. “One thing that I have learned from fashion is that I don’t need to stay true to a sense of expressing an ‘authentic’ self but that I can let myself change and be flexible, pushing myself constantly out of my own comfort zone by choosing things to wear that I’m not sure that I like or look good,” says Warkander.
With these inspiring words in mind, let’s have a look at some of next season’s most striking yet very wearable menswear trends. Try it. You might even like it.
Sleeveless suit jackets
Kris Van Assche
Summer’s coolest jackets come sleeveless. Only the body-conscious man wears them bare-armed though.
3.1 Phillip Lim
Surf’s up! Originally used for wetsuits, neoprene has become this season’s favourite material.
Forget those horrendous onesies. These jumpsuits are designed for the spotlights, not the sofa.
Soft leather clutch bags
Finding the perfect man bag is a never-ending challenge. These colourful clutch bags are perfect for those who travel light. Very light.
3.1 Phillip Lim
Remember these? Any 80s or 90s kid must have owned at least one pair of jelly sandals. Now they are back, less colourful yet more luxurious than ever before.