As another season of New York Fashion Week kicks off in earnest, it’s an ideal time to reflect upon the Fall 2012 Menswear collections that presented in Paris and Milan just a few weeks ago. Within a few key looks, we can take an early reading of the next season’s temperature.
So, what can we learn from the boys? The outsider is in. From Sixties’ Rude Boys making an impression on 3.1 Phillip Lim’s runway to Kris Van Assche’s severe looks taking cues from Kraftwerk, subversive musical types fueled designers’ imaginations for fall/winter. So did individualist ideals: Dior Homme portrayed the modern man as a lonely soldier, while Louis Vuitton and Jean Paul Gaultier presented classic menswear as a starting point for total customization, with utterly unique consequences. Cases in point: Marc Jacobs’ zany kimono for LV and JPG’s tattoo shirt, both of which are destined for rock star editorial status.