TROPICAL FLORAL: The flowers are abloom this spring, and so is floral print in fashion for men. But wait, before you start thinking palm trees and dandelions, take a look at some collections from Dries Van Noten, and Alexander McQueen. The Tropical Floral trend for men delves deep into richly textured fabrics, exotic and dark colored floral prints, and the combination of familiar and exciting new geometrical silhouettes.
Women: on a mission to rule the world since the beginning of time. Okay, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration, but we have cornered every aspect of the fashion world. With so much to chose from already, such as skirts, leggings, dresses, tunics, and rompers, we still lust for more options. So what have we done? We've taken a cue from the men. Menswear has been one of the biggest trends of 2013.Their clothing essentials have also become part of our closet, and one thing is certain--we make them look good! Perhaps it’s something the contrast between the masculine structure and feminine frame, or maybe the its the appeal added by feminine allure--whatever it is, it's simply fabulous. Here are a few key pieces to rocking the trend.
When Seun Olubodun used his dog, Duke, as inspiration for his fashion line, he had no idea it would become such a success. Duke & Winston, the company that offers east coast-inspired garments, is named after a bulldog and Winston Churchill...so obviously it can do no wrong.
The fashion line was created in 2009 and was solely focused on menswear. The goal was to create casual duds for the modern gentleman - sorry, Ed Hardy fans, that discludes you. The graphic tees in the collection sported Duke's mean mug and was an instant hit, and we can sure see why. Now the line has expanded to include both womenswear and clothing for pets (check out the perfect stocking stuffer for the pet lover here). Seun states of his most recent collection - his Fall 2012 Boathouse Row series - that he was "inspired to put together a fall line that is a little more refined than my more graphic line of t-shirts. It focuses more on subtle graphics and embroideries, and makes a perfect transition from summer to fall.”
Greg Cummins, founder of Logan Zane, a handmade leather goods company in New York City, chats with Joonbug about his line. The company, founded in 2010, draws inspiration from the art deco period, using quality materials, and made right here in America. Cummins created the collection out of his own necessity for a quality bag. He created The Remsen, a camouflage leather backpack, and within weeks of sporting it, people began to notice. Thus began Logan Zane. This company sets itself apart from the rest with its simple sophistication. Unlike some other designer brands, Logan Zane's classic design can withstand the test of time--both with durability and style. See what Greg has to say about Logan Zane.
A big new collaboration with Perry Ellis for next spring; big patterns; big pants; really, really big hair—Hometown heroes Daniel Silver and Steven Cox have clearly decided 2012 is the time to embrace their personal aesthetic and use it forge their own way into the big leagues. Duckie’s 2012 line has an air of mad scientist to it—almost like the design duo snuck into J. Crew’s shop and went to work with a pair of pliers and a blowtorch. They took a classic herringbone coat and spliced it together with a hoodie—why? Because it’s awesome and you just didn’t know it yet. They took a classic plaid pattern and “exploded” it onto an overcoat—wherefore? Because your life has been sorely lacking in exploded plaid and you had no idea.
"What are boys made of? Snips and snails, and puppy dog tails!" Then why do we want to be like them so bad, girls? Technically, we don't. But we do like, maybe even love, to dress like them. Boxy smoking jackets, loose trousers, and wingtips were all over women's fall runways, also spawning one of the season's biggest trends: the tuxedo look. But menswear inspired womenswear has become so much more than a seasonal delight. It may even transcend existing as a trend to living on as a life style for some women in mainstream culture. Who knows? What we do know are the prime pieces you will need to swagger-jack from the boys to pull off your menswear inspired look.