Best of Mens AW12 Fashion Week

by All Things Dark And Beautiful

I am a huge fan of menswear. I always say that if I had enough money I would only buy menswear and get it all tailored.

Because there is a narrower design playground to experiment, the gems are in the detail.

Lanvin‘s multi-textured, multi-layered AW12 offering was a well suited oasis of collar detail.

Lanvin AW12 Menswear Look 11, 39 & 43

Minimalist collars, smart suits, in a variety of materials, styled with casual over jackets and shoes with a black, navy colour-ways and fur trim detailing.

This seems to be the overall tone of Menswear for next season with Burberry Prorsum playing with shorter outer coats over perfectly cut suits and playful, smart detailing on accessories.

Burberry Prorsum AW12 Look 6 & 8

Giorgio Armani’s three-piece masterpieces were a perfect mix of smart casual.  Completely wearable looks with an every-shade-of-grey colour palette. The material used for the suits creates flawless shadow contours that highlight the shoulders and arms with great effect but subtly.

Giorgio Armani AW12 Looks 49, 50 & 51

I’ve always been a fan of Stockholm based Acne; with their simple separates, leather panelling and subtle sexiness they provide the perfect mix and match wardrobe, and leading this season’s trends with its signature garments, Acne create the perfect, more affordable, menswear look for AW12.

Acne AW12 Look 9

Now, I love a man in a suit as much as the next girl, but a guy in grey sweats on a lazy Sunday is as equally appealing. Vivienne Westwood created the ideal mood with this look with signature awkward cut, styled with this season’s pirate boots.

Vivienne Westwood AW12 Look 29

On a side note, this seasons models were all very young, skinny,  forlorn, which is very surprising on the mainland European catwalks.  Usually seen on London catwalks, these new faces created a different tone to the collections; a darker more subdued mood. I usually like to crop catwalk images from the mouth down as to focus on the garments, (except where there are hoods/headpieces à la McQueen) and this season suited perfectly seeing as all the models looked like they really didn’t want to be there. An exception were the Hérmes guys. Pretty much all beautiful, in sharply fitted suits with effortlessly coiffed hair.

Hérmes AW12 Look 35

No need to thank me ladies.