Paris and Milan Men Fashion Week Fall 2012
From Structured Suits to Luxe Sportswear:
FashionTV captures the handsome men of the runway – Francisco Lachowski, Andrea Preti, Adrien Sahores, Clement Chabernaud, and even top male supermodel David Gandy at this season's Paris and Milan Men's Fashion Weeks highlighting the Fall/Winter 2012-2013 season.
This is the season for menswear, which typically doesn't have the same buzz as couture or womenswear, to shine! Unlike the bright and eye-popping colors and loose fabrics of Spring/Summer 2012, the Fall/Winter 2012-2013 provided the perfect venue to showcase Fall colors (burgundy, black, gold, copper) and textured Fall/Winter fabrics like wool, tweed, jersey, and velvet.
Men's fashion this season came in the form of two types of looks that were prominent this season. There were the structured suits, of course, which this time were made even more lavish with long coats and textured fabrics to add to the dark, haunting and romantic themes of shows like Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, and Songzio. While other shows like Missoni, Roberto Cavalli, and Frankie Morrello were more colorful in nature, these casual looks came to the forefront in a more rugged nature with geometric patterns and plaid prints or with loose pants and oversize capes.
When the looks weren't rugged, they were sporty—and as sportswear is a common element of Paris and Milan Men's shows, it was nice to see the looks either overtly casual but still containing that sport element or less dressy than the typical overdressed duds.
One of the most fabulous aspects of this season's Paris and Milan Men's shows for Fall/Winter 2012-2013 is that some of the designers focused on themes and stories to describe the pieces that made up their collections. Dolce & Gabbana, for example, were inspired by opera in Palermo in the year 1910.
While the male models were draped in overcoats and lush velvet textures, waiters in tux and tails gave out champagne to the audience. During her show, designer Vivienne Westwood and her husband, who is in charge of the VW menswear line, wanted to call attention to the icebergs in the North and South Pole, and focused her collection on luxe garment wearing polar explorers of the 20th century, complete with icicle makeup in their hair, beards, and on their faces. Other themed shows include the materialistic meets meditative Frankie Morello show and the army and free bird-ridden Dior Homme collection.
Throughout to the Fall/Winter 2012/2013 season, designer labels like Missoni, Versace, Salvatore Ferragamo, Prada, and Cavalli honed in on trends like colorful geometric patterns on jackets and sweaters, leather and wool for long coats, and suits with lavish prints, like the suits found at Jean Paul Gaultier and Moschino (both brick patterns!), and loud colors like Roberto Cavalli.
FashionTV brings you the latest trends and themes of all the top menswear runway shows during Paris and Milan Men Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012-2013.