Men’s suiting has gone color saturated for spring /summer 18. What better way to enliven the world in which we live than to wear a statement of positivity. Optimism is the name of this game. Because many feel uncertain—politically environmentally and culturally, the hope is that outward appearance will bring contentment and certainty. There were many brands that dipped into this trend but below are three that stood out.
Gucci is the leader of the fashion pack of late. Guru, Alessandro Michele’s has us in a dizzying trance with his fashion army. A canary yellow windowpane plaid suit has a bright red toy strawberry as a closure—ironic. A rust three-piece is worn with white sunnies and cowboy boot. It’s all a part of Gucci’s gang of anti-heroes that take tradition and turn it on its ear.
Raf Simmons brought Calvin Klein back to the glory of the late 90’s but unlike the time when Calvin was designing, Raf’s models have a distinct edge. Bright suiting, unusual accessory pairings, and a spot-on casting made all the difference in this collection. A cobalt rockabilly look and a magenta three-piece suit are both worn with cowboy boots and scowling models to an edgy modern effect.
David Hart takes a more lighthearted tact to his colorful suits. Two-button jackets, slim leg pants, light linens, cigar in pockets, toothpicks twirling in the
mouth and fedora hats all bring to mind a Cuban influence that has inspired many designers and artists of late. The looks are the perfect accompaniment for a trip to the Caribbean island or for any man trying to maintain positivity in the face of an uncertain future.
Bright colors are not the norm in menswear but optimism is always a good idea.