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What’s going to be hot this summer.....

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Ramius, Mar 23, 2002.

  1. Ramius

    Ramius Member

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    Ok, so maybe hot is not the right word (often hot becomes trendy which can equal overkill), but anyway, fashion wise, what should we be looking for on both sides of the Atlantic this coming summer?
     
  2. NavyStyles

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    Linen always means summer. Light chinos. These are really just stabs in the dark, but most of the time, they go over well.
     
  3. Arizona's Finest

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    Are you implying that the side on Pacific is not quite as good in fashion compared to the one at Atlantic? I wouldn't lie if I disagree but I am curious regarding of your opinion on how people wear their clothes in California, Arizona, and others.
     
  4. Arizona's Finest

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    I believe that we all dress the same everywhere in the country since we got the access to magazines, websites, and televisions...whatever the media has to offer within our reach. The city itself and the culture may create some diversity in fashion as well.
     
  5. Europe's Finest

    Europe's Finest Well-Known Member

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    ...your name reminds me of something [​IMG]
     
  6. j

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    He said both sides of the Atlantic, meaning Europe and the US, I believe. And I totally believe people dress very differently across the US. Just because we get the same magazines here in Seattle as NY gets doesn't mean people in Seattle actually dress stylishly or even appropriately. People here go to the opera in polo shirts.

    Generally, I have found clothing gets more formal as you move east. In Seattle it is just horrible, people go around in their pajamas. In LA people dress more casually but still with an eye to fashion. In Chicago, a lot of people dress up, but the average person is less dressed than in NYC. I don't know about Europe as I haven't been there. And of course the weather has a lot to do with it.
     
  7. AmericanDevil

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    I think its back tothe beach this summer. Weariing cool colors, whites and blues, and light weight. also, sunglasses will be big this summer, get a little diversity.
     
  8. Ramius

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    As j correctly stated, I was speaking in general terms not specifically focusing on any one particular region of N.America.  In terms of which region in America has better fashion sense...I'm sure you would you would find a myriad of responses some of them being very passionate.  I think there are so many factors of why a particular city/region dresses the way they do, some of them being historical, socioeconomic, climate, etc....  I just find the psychology of it all very interesting.
     
  9. Grand Arcanum

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    For this summer, as the majority of you who are fashion-conscious individuals know, both GAP and Banana Republic are putting out styles in "earthy tones" meet (plain) GI Joe colors.

    Earthy colors such as dark green, beige/tan, et al are all what those two stores are selling right now for their spring collection. No idea if it is what they will carry over for their summer wear.

    Also, from the more youth-oriented genre (such as A&F), they are trying to bring the Californian sufer style to the East with moderate success. I'm not a particular fan of that myself but from a personal standpoint, I'd prefer to go with cargo shorts, leather sandals, and designer t-shirts (Armani Exchange, Dolce & Gabbana, etc.)
     
  10. European Interloper

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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.

    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, Sander, 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, Jil Sander 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. 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.

    The hottest article this summer, however, 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.

    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
     
  11. LA Guy

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    I feel obligated to give the west coast perspective.  If we know how to do one thing out here, it's summer wear.  

    Summer is a great time to check out some LA designers.  For the most comfortable and arguably coolest tee shirts in the world, try out James Perse.  The offspring of the owner of Maxfield, his baseball style tees come in a variety of "washed" colors and come with great features like shirt tail style bottoms, vintage printing, and extra long sleeves.  Plus, his fleur de lis logo is one of the coolest ever, and the only one I will wear on the outside of my clothing.  Andrew Dibben also makes some great pieces.  

    From the international high-end designers, check out CoSTUME National, which has great short sleeve button ups with D-ring epaulets, or Prada's modified rugby/polo style shirts with contrasting colors between the body and collar and packet.  Vertical striped shirts are also very cool this summer - the best are from Burberry Prorsum and Paul Smith.

    But the coolest piece I've gotten so far this season is by the Canadian company Parasuco - a very conservative, "preppy" light blue and white striped button up cut into a western shirt, with triple snap cuffs, hand- stitched "rope" seams, and a "Indian" embroidery on the back, stitched in red and gold.  I think that these deconstructed/reconstructed pieces are incredible.  I realize that, like me, a lot of people on this forum are addicted to high-end designer wear; but please, try some underground designers or look for distinctive streetwearas well
     
  12. GatorStyle

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    LA Guy- I've heard great things about James Perse from friends out on the Left Coast, and I recall reading a piece on him in GQ a year or so ago. I'm out in Cali 5-6 times a year for both work and pleasure, but I live on the east coast. In case I don't have time to hunt him down on my next trip, do you (or does anyone) know where (or if) I can find his stuff on the east coast? Thanx.
     
  13. LA Guy

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    Hey GatorStyle,

    Out here, James Perse can be found from better Macy's to Barney's, to Loehmann's, where the t-shirts, at $10-25 (down from about $50-90 retail), clear out pretty fast. I don't know about back east. Maybe your best bet is to try Barney's.

    Good luck.
     
  14. Mike C.

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    I saw a bunch of James Perse stuff at Bloomingdales (61st and Lex) in New York City.
     
  15. Grand Arcanum

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    I'd also like to add my two cents to this topic... especially since it seems that a few of you are quite encouraging of underground designers.

    Another person to keep your eyes open for is Sandy Dalal, from New York City. Aside from his trademark t-shirts that he designs (which features the text, "Youth Against Cancer") he has been trying to bring back the classic American look.

    On the subject of sandals... if Prada's out of your range, keep your eyes open for Jimmy Choo sandals. Reasonably priced ($250 and under), it has an old-fashioned look that will compliment chinos nicely.

    Polos- they're no longer just for John Hopkins medical school graduates and yacht sailors. Other than the classic Ralph Lauren label, it seems that bright colors are in this summer. Baby blue, soft yellow, and aloe vera green should fit well with chinos/Dockers, as well as cargo shorts.
     
  16. Mike C.

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    Grand Arcanum, European Interloper:
    Good call on the Sandy Dalal. I've been wearing his clothes for about a year now. I've got this pair of SD jeans that are truely one of a kind, i know of no other brand that has made such jeans. They have sort of a black waxy finish, think if someone took a new pair of dark denim jeans and coated them with tar. However, many department stores here in NYC have either stopped carrrying his clothes or cut them out completly. Saks stopped, Bloomingdales and Barney's limited their selection. I'm really like his stuff, i can't believe no place is really selling it though. Anyone heard about a boutique opening or an expansion of his collection?
     
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    Phoenix [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] sorry couldn't resist..
     
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