Looking ahead to Spring style in 2014, it can be noted that designers have essentially revitalised atypical day wear with a style overhaul of fashionably edgy strong sportswear influences. Shape, cut, prints and lightweight appearances and construction to garments give a newfound simplicity to practical daily essentials.
Here at MFM we take a look at some sporting trends in designer men’s catwalk collections for Spring Summer 14 and create our own inspirational looks for you to try out.
Christopher Raeburn SS14
Notoriously known for his faultless execution of garments, militarian style detailing and uncompromising approach to functionality, Raeburn didn’t disappoint with SANDSTORM SS14. A clean palette of neutrals highlighted with peach, pale blue and pink lightened up the khaki, sandblasted desert elements in the collection.
Lightweight translucent fabrics worked throughout the show, giving the wearer a sense of protection and utility, with Raeburn’s ‘Remade’ aesthetic in mind. Compass style retro prints were kept subtle in more formal pieces of the collection while shorts, sweats and mesh sleeves made a comeback. Refreshing and transitional, Raeburn succeeded in achieving the harmonious balance of style, durability and high quality; a perfect fashion combination for any urban explorer.
Inspirational Look; Light Layering
There is nothing better than to feel cheery, confident and composed when the new season starts to kick in. You can move away from the heavy knits and look to layering in order to warn off that spring chill. Banish dark and drab garments from getting out of your wardrobe and embrace some neutral light layers for a change. Keep things practical yet sportily smart with muted tones a raincoat, hoodie, shorts and trainers. The Shredder document holder from Reiss is a handy size and good shade for your transitional wardrobe.
Issey Miyake SS14
Unassumingly bold and brash, Issey Miyake’s Menswear SS14 show made quite the impression. With strong 90’s streetwear and hip-hop inspired influences; eclectic prints and styling were volcanic in both colour and composition. Pop art, primary colours and a mish-mash of tribal, geometric and acid wash prints featured throughout.
Longline tees, splattered shirts, caps and all over printed suits playfully challenged the reserved and traditional, yet created a somewhat coherent collection of exuberant eccentricity. Not for the faint hearted, Miyake’s bold approach to groundbreaking design is fun, smart and nostalgic. Maintaining and engineering high innovation; Miyake’s menswear is aesthetically unique.
Inspirational look; Nostalgic Colour Clash
Taking a fashion leaf out of Miyake’s book may have some bold styling consequences. If you’re looking to add an injection of colour, youth and print into your wardrobe this Spring, you’d be surprised how much it can modernize your look in a flash. Subtle contemporary prints and shapes can have the same impact and create a more understated look paired with black accents. To keep things fresh add statement footwear or accessories.
Christopher Kane SS14
With minimalist themes, colour blocking and bold sharp cuts; Christopher Kane’s edgy collection is an example of contemporary design at its best. Fuss free and simplistic, jersey, suiting and sweat sets are aesthetically pleasing and practical. Geometric prints in linear acid yellow and white appeared on monochrome tees, contrast alongside nostalgic 1960’s style wash out suits.
Monochrome takes centre stage with soft hues of grey in relaxed tailored pieces. Details are kept to a minimum with graphic prints and quilted jersey left to speak volumes. Clean cut styling throughout the collection epitomises Kane’s minimalist core ethic.
Inspirational look; Futuristic Styling
Embrace a modern trend of minimalist dressing, with casual high quality tailored pieces and monochrome. Juxtapose smooth layers and modern prints to achieve a contemporary edgy look. Consider clean neutral shapes for a sportswear injection to your favourite tailoring or denim. A smart quintessential raincoat, print tee and joggers can be worn together in harmony; keep your look on trend with a good pair of trainers.
Translating trends directly from the catwalk into your wardrobe can often be a difficult task; here at MFM we like to make things a little easier for you when it comes to personal style. Its evident that sportswear has evolved and smartened up to the point where you don’t really have to worry about wearing trainers to work. Looking ahead to Spring there are some great style options out there, have fun purchasing your next investment piece for Spring.