Tuesday, 30 September 2014

MFW | Trends and Highlights (Part 1) - SS15 Menswear Review (Calvin Klein Collection, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Fendi, Prada and DSquared2)

Finally the beginning of the mid semester break. Then again, I've got a few assignments coming up again, and I will start that, but first...

Let's start this. Always excited for Milan Fashion Week because they always release some of the most coveted pieces of a season. Super-super influential international designers flock to Milano, revealing the most marketable and stylish fashion. For Menswear SS15, MFW showcased so much variety from so many different designers. There was clearly a lot of customisation and personality in the garments.

In this post: Calvin Klein Collection, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Fendi, Prada and DSquared2.
In Part 2: Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Neil Barrett, Emporio Armani, Bottega Veneta and Versace.

Calvin Klein Collection
The summer take on their FW14 collection. The palette remained quite similar to their previous show which is pleasant. I enjoyed some of the casual pieces, but the huge sneakers were a little out of place. The styling was a little uncomfortable and forced, like placing a tank top over a t-shirt, and just the size of those sneakers in some of the outfits - looks like some ugg-boot/ Eskimo party.
On the good side, I love the quilted jackets, especially with those bright neon colours, they really update an under-used set of colours in everyday fashion. Still, they've been doing fluro sunglasses for a while, not sure if they will pick up even after this.
Calvin Klein Collection Menswear Spring 2015

Dolce & Gabbana
The show was less theatrical and dramatic than their previous ones like SS14 but the sea of red and unmistakable Spanish flavour was eye-catchingly powerful. It's great to see Spanish influences in fashion as there is such a rich sense of style that often fly under the radar. Most interestingly, the label used a lot of textures for the coming Spring season while not foregoing any inclusion graphic prints which was so big in their previous collection. Definitely a memorable show.
Dolce & Gabbana Menswear Spring 2015

Marc Jacobs
Katie Eary did some bold iconic flamingo pieces in 2013. Marc Jacobs' take on the flamingos in the SS15 lookbook is a little more modest and quirky. The use of pastel works extremely well with the label's persona especially with the stripe prints which look like it could have made it from its diffusion line, Marc by Marc Jacobs. 
Marc Jacobs Menswear Lookbook Spring 2015

Fendi has had great accessories these recent seasons and for SS15, it is no different. Stylish and unique, these pieces can fit easily with and accentuate anyone's personal style. There was so much to choose from in the Fendi show but I love the outerwear the most. They were the most interesting and iconic pieces matched up with everyday staples like a plain polo or plain t-shirt. The colour blocking was also very vibrant in the show, super fitting for welcoming the SS season.
Fendi Menswear Spring 2015

I hoped to see more colour from Prada because they worked so well in FW14. The fashion this time around is much more modest and toned down, with earthy and neutral tones. The stitch lining garments were the best ones for menswear but even that was not as special as what Prada had for the ladies.
Prada Menswear Spring 2015

What's with the superfake fake-tan? It looks amazing on the runway with those clothes. Very pop-art with those colours. The super stylish theme is something you always expect at DSquared2 shows. Bowling bags are super trendy these years (and Lanvin did them really well last year with very unique colours). 
Once again, DSquared2 is releasing some of the most iconic and wearable pieces this season (yellow jacket, bowling bag, button pin shirt, cats sweater).
DSquared2 Menswear Spring 2015

Part 2

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