Category Archives: 2011 SPRING/SUMMER

Carlos Campos

Carlos Campos’s menswear presentation for Spring/Summer 2011 is young, fresh and very hip with emphasis on structured shoulder lines to accentuate the male frame.  You will find pastels, earth tones and plaids all very popular trends in men’s fashion for the warm summer months ahead.  Campos, known for his tailored creations gives the impression of a wearable, casual and comfortable collection. Putting these pieces together seems effortless and the models did a great job by portraying this.  I would say just another day in the day in the life of Carlos Campos, an amazing collection that will definitely get you ready for the summer. 
Written by: Curt Greenidge
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Spring is in the air! Sandro Homme’s Collection

Spring is in the air and it appears that Sandro Homme got the memo. Contemporary clothing with a classic twist would be best to describe this spring collection. For the man that appreciates tailored and casually-chic clothing, this French line is right up your alley. Sandro’s look book serves as a blueprint mapping out how to create modern, laid back and formal looks. Cleverly putting together classic pieces such as cardigans, varsity and leather jackets along with slim fitting attire. Visit the Sandro Homme site for the entire collection and accessories.  
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A Supreme and Playboy Spring Collaboration

Supreme teamed up with Playboy to create a look book for this year’s spring season and who else better to model these garments than iconic bad boy skateboarder Jason Hill. Hill was once quoted as saying during an interview with 48 Blocks when asked what he has been up to “Drinkin, smoking, fuckin’. No, I been here in New York. I spend lots of the day indoors….waiting for the night.” Yeah right Jason, like the saying goes there is some truth behind every joke! Supreme has been around for over seventeen years working with the most talented and influential people in the industry. Reaching many demographics such as skaters, punks and hip hop heads, Supreme has managed to create a balance between these different sub-cultures in their clothing. Even though this line may vibe more with the younger generation, pieces like the button up and polo shirt can be worn casually on the weekends by the refine man. No matter the age, Playboy has been a staple in our culture for many years, having grown and young men fantasizing about attending one of Hugh Hefner’s parties at the mansion.

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A Retro Spring Collection

Trussardi’s collection is a fusion of hip trends from fashion’s past combined to create a forward-thinking line for spring 2011. Looking at this collection you can clearly see bold references to different and relevant style categories in today’s men’s fashion from the traditionalist, the prep to the rocker. Starting with ultimate bad boy James Dean (stripe sweater, leather jacket and hair), fast forward to 80’s retro look (colored blazer, loose tank tops, native/animal prints) and ending with an injection of 90’s American prep (cardigans, messenger bags). What I enjoyed most about this collection was the bold use of prints taking it to the next level.  By accenting some outfits with leopard and native printed belts, shoes, jackets and accessories was sheer genius giving more edge to the collection.  No matter what your style is you should be able to find at least couple pieces from Trussardi. 
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Put A Little "Prep" In Your Step!

Put a little “Prep” in your step! By mixing classic and casual pieces, D&G did just that to produce some preppy casual ensembles. The label also flipped the script by throwing into the equation some formal attire.  This spring /summer collection acts as a visual blueprint on how to achieve these trendy looks.  These compilations seem effortless, pairing a burgundy velvet blazer and matching loafers with a printed T-shirt and chinos. Pastel colored shorts and slacks injected some youth, style and edge to the collection. Please take note the bow tie is still a big hit and D&G coordinated it with both semi-formal and formal duds. This label is known for its high fashion clothing, it is nice to see a wearable collection that pertains to the everyday man. With that being said D&G spring/summer collection has received the Stylusmag seal of approval. 
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Style and Prestige: Buckler

American designer Andrew Buckler owner of his self-titled brand Buckler was launched back in 2001. His clothing can be best described as “English Bloke meets New York”. Buckler’s Spring/Summer line does in fact have some European influence however instead of New York I would say young successful L.A style. His clothing has prestige and style, still managing to maintain comfort and versatility.  The Buckler brand can be found in New York 93 Grand St. SoHo and the meat packing district, 35 Artillery Lane in England and here in Toronto located at 700 Queen St. West. Visit Buckler for complete past and present collections.
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Rebel Without A Cause: Antony Morato

Antony Morato is an Italian men’s wear line whose 2K11 Spring/Summer collection has somewhat of a “bad boy” undertone. This brand with attitude has put together such a strong aesthetic that its clothing will confidently be embraced by men as young as 18 ranging to the average 35 year old. I cannot express how much I respect designers and brands that make versatile, wearable pieces for the modern man. This look book has a hint of cinematography and being a huge movie connoisseur myself it’s quite difficult not to point out the obvious. I detected some movie influences such as a young rebellious Elvis Presley in Jail house Rock or Sean Penn in Bad Boys pre Madonna. This collection speaks volumes and the Antony Morato brand is absolutely the new age rebel without a cause.
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Van Dale

Unless you’re living in a warm climate, by now you must be growing very tiresome of shoveling snow, warming up the car and wearing layers clothing while drugging through piles of snow. Then to make things worst reality sets in that winter has just begun. Well, Danish clothing line Van Dale created look book for next season that will mentally allow you to escape from your winter woes and increase your anticipation for warmer weather. Van Dale is for the sophisticated male who is young at heart, the man that likes to feel relaxed and comfortable. This brand’s Spring/Summer collection has somewhat of a nautical theme with playful combinations of cardigans, blazers, sweaters and shorts. Overall, Van Dale’s S/S collection is a breath of fresh air.
                
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Back to the Future: Riviera Club

I call the Riviera Club S/S collection “Back to the Future”. The clothing, model and photos in this look book remind me of that 1955 era, a young Marty McFly who is stranded in the desert. This collection takes you back to the basics for spring/summer. The Fedora, pastel-colored pant, plain white T-shirt w/ pocket and ray ban inspired sunglasses is required for next season. Using light weight, breathable materials for the checkered, crisp white button down and Henley shirt to beat the heat in those warmer months. Whereas layering with retro denim jacket or hooded sweater for those cool spring nights. Riviera Club has crossed its T’s and dotted its I’s with this collection. It is a great lifestyle brand that every man can enjoy. Visit the Riviera Club site to take a look at the 2K10 Fall/Winter collection.
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GQ Spring Style Preview w/ Kid Cudi, Armie Hammer and Justin Chatwin

GQ magazine is a great resource for men to stay current on trends, fashion, accessories, gadgets and the list goes on but most importantly the “How To” guide. With that being said, last month the magazine released its spring preview highlighting all the seasons’ styles and accessories. They used two up and coming movie stars Justin Chatwin (played Tom Cruise son in War of the Worlds), Armie Hammer (one of the twins from The Social Network) and always stylish rap superstar Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi. The preview displayed some of spring’s staple pieces like the Woven Belts, plaid ties, printed pocket squares and Rugby shirts and used their famous models to pull together some magnificent looks. Check out Kid Cudi, Justin and Armie as they strike a pose all in the name of fashion! Visit GQ for the full preview and “How To” tips!

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