Hats for Men Spring 2012
Yes, the menswear fashion weeks have just ended. While for most of the industry that means it’s time to lazily go through more resort collections as we await the couture shows, for some of us, it’s time to go back and review what we saw for the season that won’t begin for 9 months. As the menswear industry continually grows and the idea of “trends” becomes more common place, we see alot of designers pushing similar products as in womenswear more frequently than in the past. For this season, one of those items was the cap.
Miuccia Prada is known for her design ingenuity world wide whether it be for men or women.
The leader when it comes to trend, for spring 2012 Miuccia designed a collection focused heavily on the foulard print. Adorning tops, trousers, golf bags, and even bakers caps with prints, Prada makes a winning case for color in Spring 2012. Prints sat alongside studs that sat perched on the shoulders of button downs and lined a few of the hand bags presented. For shoes, Miuccia doused a few in bright popping colors while studding others, a holdover when she did the same thing a few seasons ago that the house of Louboutin subsequently reimagined.
It’s sometimes sad that Kris Van Assche is sort of the forgotten younger brother of fashion. You know the one that because his older sibling is the megastar people are sort of like “oh Kris?, he does menswear for Dior”. For the past few seasons though, it seems the little sibling is stepping out of the shadows and has honed in on an aesthetic for the Dior gentleman. The troubles of the womenswear Dior label have not have responses in the menswear line as Van Assche sends out a season of minimal long silhouettes heightened by Amish-like full brimmed hats. Even the color palette is minimal using only white, gray, gold, blue, and black.
The D&G Spring 2012 showing for me was a sad occasion. Sad because it was bad, no but sad because this will be the end of the label we now know as D&G. Last season rumors proliferated that Domencio Dolce and Stefano Gabbana would close their diffusion label, D&G, and roll it into Dolce and Gabbana but the news quickly became buried among the heap of fashion week fodder that was going around that season. This season, the rumor was substantiated as the duo announced that the Spring 2012 collections would be D&G’s last. Filled with prints, denm, and soft soled shoes, the collection was what D&G has stood for since it’s inception: comfortable and fun with a touch of class.