3 posts tagged "Spring 2015"
It’s really happening: New York fashion week is almost here. With our recent street-style photos for inspo, we’ve made a few predictions for the off-catwalk trends showgoers will be rocking next month. It’s all but assured that flats will be a thing. It’s hard to go from Birkenstocks to stilettos overnight, after all. Instead of heels, we expect to see sensible yet stylish flatforms and sporty trainers like Dior’s embellished Spring ’14 Haute Couture kicks, even if our colleague Maya Singer thinks fashion may be overdue for a sneaker backlash. Taking cues from the recent Resort collections, we’ll be pairing our comfortable shoes with bohemian maxi dresses and floor-grazing skirts, as well as skinny silk scarves like the ones we spotted on Prada’s Fall ’14 runway. Despite the balmy forecast, we’re betting a few girls will be eager to trot out their chunky new sweaters and relaxed, borrowed-from-the-boys suits. Other Spring ’15 street-style predictions: high-waisted flares (thank you, Nicolas Ghesquière); Hood by Air logos (yes, the streetwear movement is still going strong); mod minidresses; and single, statement-making earrings.
Here, a slideshow of 12 street-style predictions for the Spring ’15 shows.
A quick browse through Tommy Ton’s street-style archive from the menswear shows confirms that modern guys are now embracing vibrant colors and statement-making patterns more so than ever. Certainly, digital prints are nothing new to the womenswear market (which has become oversaturated with them in recent seasons) thanks to trailblazing trendsetters such as Mary Katrantzou. But with the exception of tastemakers like Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci and County of Milan’s Marcelo Burlon, menswear labels have largely failed to meet the increased demand for in-your-face graphics—particularly on the contemporary level.
Enter Clover Canyon, which caught the photorealistic wave more than three years ago when it launched its print-driven women’s collection. After fielding plenty of requests from guys for some of its more unisex items, the California-based brand is debuting its premiere menswear lineup today at Project trade show in Las Vegas. “So much has evolved in terms of men expressing bolder individual style. For men, having fun with fashion is now more acceptable by even the most restrained observers,” Clover Canyon designer Rozae Nichols told Style.com.
Every season, the Clover Canyon studio draws upon a unique cultural inspiration. (Recent destinations have included South America, Ireland, and Greece.) According to Nichols, the theme behind her Spring ’15 men’s range, titled “Electric Lotus,” was the “correlation between electricity and the intrinsic powers of harnessing energy by ancient practices like acupuncture, chi kung, and meditation.” This cerebral concept brought about full-on looks that merge together bamboo motifs with mechanical gears, for example, or hothouse florals with electric circuits. The aforementioned prints are featured on staple silhouettes including bomber jackets, neoprene sweatshirts, board shorts, and even sneakers. Nichols envisions Clover Canyon’s male muse as a “younger man who really enjoys the discovery of a unique garment, and is excited about wearing thoughtful, bold designs with a visual story. Our prints always have something fun and interesting to say, and so does he.” While it definitely takes a confident dude to carry off head-to-toe prints like these, Clover Canyon has already received positive feedback from current retailer partners like Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, and Nordstrom.
Seen here, Clover Canyon shared digital renderings from its debut Spring ’15 menswear collection ($120 to $450) exclusively with Style.com. For more information, visit clovercanyon.com.
Yesterday afternoon, emerging Milan-based brand Au Jour Le Jour transformed Florence’s old customs office on Via Valfonda into a club-age iteration of a primary school classroom. Showgoers sat at red, yellow, blue, or green desks instead of perching on benches (which made it incredibly easy to take notes, for the record) and the back staircase was lined with glowing neon lights. It was the perfect backdrop for designers Mirko Fontana and Diego Marquez’s debut menswear collection, dubbed #backtoschool. The duo, who last season won the support of Armani and presented their womenswear lineup at Milan’s Armani Teatro, turned out a Spring ’15 range imbued with playful, kooky kitsch.
“I found my old notebook from primary school, and we decided to give this mood to the collection with embroidery and prints,” explained Marquez backstage. “But we also tried to show strong tailoring. It was really important for us to make something fun but sophisticated.” Prints comprising rhinoceroses, red apples, yellow school buses, pencils, glue bottles, and lions were scattered across cotton shorts, short-sleeve button-downs, skirts, and dresses. (The designers showed a smattering of womenswear, too.) These motifs, along with pink unicorns and orange lions, were repeated elsewhere in sequins. Also on offer were preppy pastel knits paired with the shortest of short shorts for him and high-waisted boy shorts for her, as well as leather handbags that took the form of the abovementioned animals. Striped soccer socks and bright-hued sandals completed each irreverent look. The clothes were a good bit of fun—and well-made fun, at that, incorporating double cotton, paillette, quilted nylon, and a selection of couture fabrics for suits. That being said, those cheeky short shorts, or the women’s cropped sweaters, would surely be a recipe for detention.