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S/s trends and style recap a la londres

European Interloper

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Apr 11, 2002
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This summer's 'hot' products are an eclectic mix. For the beach, the Gucci thong sandals or the beautifully engraved Sandy Dalal's single-piece y-strap. The great thing about the sandals this year is that you can't wear white socks with them, a campus affliction and an egregious faux-pas.

For sunglasses, retro seems to be key. Big sunglasses like the Brat Pack designs that shielded their coked-up brains from the outside world, big and dark... Gucci and Armani have great ones, as do CD, Chanel, and (ahem) Hilfiger, which I hate but I have to list them, don't I? Wrap around visors are also great, try the Brad-Pitt lilac/fuscha color.

Shorts wise, the longer board shorts are, for the first time, just as popular amoung fashionistas as the mid-thigh lenght shorts. The reason for this is the hippy come-back, which lets everyone wear baggy and long clothing. I'd try to stick to one of the big european brands, either DG, Marc Jacobs, or, if you must go inter-continental, Ralph Lauren. Zegna Sport have great chino shorts that are the perfect look for Yachting when combined with some sebago topsiders, rope belt, and a white polo shirt, which brings me to my next paragraph...

One of the biggest brands this summer will be Lacoste, who are now back in the public eye, with Chris Lemaire heading them. This means, in turn, that polo shirts are in, so go out and buy ever single suitably light color you can find, and, remember, they are to be worn with the collar up, a la originale.

Shirt wise, the tuxedo-shirt, ruffles and all, has gone casual. You can find these shirts all over fashion, but noteable brands are Paul Smith, Marc Jacobs and DG. Paul Smith also has an interesting shirt with IV printed in big, crackled print, which is bound to be sucessful. If the shirt has tails, remember, you cannot wear it out. Instead, tuck it in but pull out one of the front panels, which will blend your look and make it slightly more hippy. If you don't know what I mean, check out Arena Homme Plus, which I think has pictures of the style in it.

In denim, there are two camps. As the rockstar style is still in, distressed denim is very much in fashion (Energie and Cavalli). Try to wear the Moschino 'stars' applique or the DG rips. The second style is clean, suit-cut denim. Gucci has a fabulous pair of jeans like this, which are dark indigo and cut in the old-fashioned zoot-suit manner. Denim suits are massively in fashion, like the ones from CK and Westwood. Westwood also has an original twist on white-shirts and denim: she has folded a white shirt's double cuff up and over the denim sleeve, which looks amazing because it breaks the silohette of the jacket in an original way. Also, concentrate on asymmetrical cuts that counter the harsh squares of the military look. Another important thind is deconstruction, which I always forget... Look at Costume Nationale, which takes their hard-line military cut and rips it up before rebuilding it. For some reason, this super-brand actually pulls off looking rather underground, which I love. They also make a great asymmetrically-low necked tanktop, which brings me to the biggest statement any man can make this season...

The hottest article this summer is the vest. Brando-lovers all over the world must've been pushing for this one to come into fashion, as it's made the jump from the small peek we saw in the Gucci Cruise Collection to the full-frontal s/s shows. Dolce Gabbana have distressed vests, with a plunging neckline. NY Industrie have print and applique vests, and Gucci has vests which most closely resemble basket ball jerseys, letting me segue into the next trend: sportswear. The vintage dirt-bike jacket (Cavalli, of course), boxing shorts, and soccer shirt are all in, along with all other vintage sports clothing, preferably of European origin.

The three big fragrances that stand out this season, are Jil Sander Sun, Armani Mania (perhaps the best cologne ever), and Givenchy Homme (which closely rivals Mania in terms of complexity). Any of these three are perfect, the foremost solely for summer-usage, the rest for any time, any place.

To sum up, the following are in: Denim, dayglo colors, sports wear, vest, hairless chests, dinner-shirts, prints, and, of course, white. The reminants of last season are still around: military shirts have merged with the safari shirt, see YSL rive gauche.

I really hope this has helped, I probably missed a few things and would love people to add to the list.
Thanks for reading.
-- European Interloper

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