Fall 2012 Menswear: Romantic Whimsies, Odes to the Military, and a Ton of Leather!

It’s that time of the year again when it’s only spring yet the runways of Paris and Milan are all abuzz with talks of the latest Fall 2012 menswear collections. For me, it’s the perfect opportunity to ogle at the perfectly formed male creatures of this world. And, in between trying to not to leave my mouth agape and remembering to wipe my drool, I managed to do some trend spotting. Multitasking at its finest, don’t you agree?

So, what’s on the runways? Here are some of my observations:

1. Romantic Patterns and Textures + Mystical References

This season, romantic patterns and references to historical fashion was seen all over the runway particularly in Gucci and Dolce & Gabanna. In Gucci, for example, the colors palette took inspiration from the rich tones found in paisley, with beautiful flower patterns that are very much masculine despite being well… flowers.

Gucci - It might be difficult but look closely and you will notice that those are actually flower prints on the trousers and shirt but done in a very subtle way. So beautiful! (Photo from NowFashion.com)
Gucci - Here the flowers are more obvious as they give the coat a very interesting pattern. (See more of Gucci's collection at NowFashion.com)
In Dolce & Gabanna, the historical references are even more pronounced as baroque patterns prevail throughout the collection.
Dolce & Gabanna - From the tight-curled hair to the great over coats and the scarf tied like a cravat, this man looked like he stepped out of a historical romance novel. See more of the collection here.
Rick Owens, in true Rick Owens fashion, had a collection that was underlined with religious connotations. Labelled by Rick as the "Mountain," this collection was meant to communicate the feeling of climbing up to the peak to attain enlightenment.
It surely takes some imagination to see that message in the clothes but the boxy silhouettes found in the collection do remind me of the shape of a mountain. See more of the collection at NowFashion.com.

2. Odes to the Military

Military-inspired clothes are again all the rage for Fall 2012. I’ve seen several shows that can attest to this. Here are just some:

Umit Benan Fall 2012
John Galliano
Jean Paul Gaultier
Dior Homme

3. Leather, Leather, and More Leather!

Although there are plenty of other trends to be spotted on the runways, none is as prevalent as the use of leather. Leather seems to be the fabric of the season! Not very applicable in a tropical country like the Philippines but our men can try faux letter perhaps? Anyway, here are just some of the looks from different designers that sported leather.

Coat vest and trousers in leather at Jil Sander.
Yves Saint Laurent
Burberry Prorsum
Pringle of Scotland
Viktor & Rolf Monsieur

And the list goes on…

Don’t think I like all these leather so much. Sure, leather jackets on men are sexy but colored leather trousers? Or even just black leather trousers? Nah… not on my man! What do you guys and girls think?

That’s about it for now. I might do other posts covering more trends but typically, I started with the more bizarre ones. Fear not, boys. Not all the trends on the runway are as out there as the ones above. For one, the classically cut suit is also very in for Fall 2012 (not that it was ever out of trend).

Stay tuned for more updates! ๐Ÿ˜€

P.S. Sorry if ever there are some nonsensical things said on this post or lapses in grammar. It’s almost 5AM (though this is scheduled to post at 10AM) and I’m too sleepy to proofread. Good night, world!

16 thoughts on “Fall 2012 Menswear: Romantic Whimsies, Odes to the Military, and a Ton of Leather!

  1. These actually look really neat.. ๐Ÿ™‚ I doubt my bf would add some velvet and leather to his wardrobe. But some knits and hints of romantic prints are quite possible.. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing this! I think even women can take inspiration from this. Edgy!

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  2. Mich!!!! I love this, I’m sooooo jealous you’re watching fashion shows in Manila, while I’m in Zamboanga. huhuhuhu. take me with you. hahahaha. Very very nice. Its just hard to wear like those pieces. men, like me will surely complain that they are sweating really hard. haha. ๐Ÿ˜€

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