With men's fashion season wrapping up in Paris June 27, these are the key trends for spring/summer 2011.
The clothes: It was all about the nomad theme this season, with designers being inspired by 'man braving the elements:' outfits fit for the desert could be seen at the shows of Damir Doma and others, including harem pants and voluminous wrap scarves. Jumpsuits were the other dominant trend, with the likes of Issey Miyake presenting very modern-looking overalls. Color-wise, green prevailed - as predicted a few months ago by influential fashion blogger, The Sartorialist - with different shades popping up all over Kenzo, Hermès, and Louis Vuitton.
The footwear: Sandals, jokingly called 'mandals,' celebrated their comeback on every other catwalk, and by sandals, designers mean the long-dreaded 'Jesus' model à la Birkenstock (get their Ramses model online for around €60 at birkenstock.com in order to be one year ahead).
The accessories: Ties, but especially bow ties, will be huge next summer - and they are already. For the 'haute' version, check out Alexis Mabille's styles (available via couturelab.com). For something on the cheaper side, head to Brooks Brothers (brooksbrothers.com), who just collaborated on a line of reversible bow ties with men's style blog, the Social Primer.
The grooming: There are two choices to look fashionably groomed next summer, which couldn't be further apart from each other: Make Up For Ever's Xavier Hottinger confirmed to Relaxnews that a clean-shaven look paired with slicked-back hair (and even hairbands as in the case of Qasimi, for instance) will be what guys will want to aim for come 2011. Everyone from Dunhill, to Lanvin, Dior, and Thom Browne would agree. If you agree more with Jean Paul Gaultier's or Yohji Yamamoto's aesthetics, however, get ready to grow a beard, or even a 'Hungarian moustache.'
The body: As for 2011's 'ideal body type,' some were complaining about the return of the too androgynous look, but in general, displays were even more bodyconscious than usual, modeled by muscular types: there were speedos at Dsquared² and Bottega Veneta, pantless outfits (and even mesh underpants) at Gaultier and Vivienne Westwood, zipped-open wetsuits at Frankie Morello, and lots of bare-chested 'outfits' at Armani and Dolce & Gabbana.Reuse content