Optimism is the name of the men’s suiting game this spring. What better way to enliven the world in which we live than to wear a statement of color-saturated positivity? Because many feel uncertain—politically, environmentally and culturally—the hope is that outward appearances will bring contentment and confidence.
GUCCI is the leader of the fashion pack of late. Alessandro Michele has us in rapt attention with his fashion army. A canary yellow windowpane plaid suit has a bright red toy strawberry as a closure. 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 traditional ideas and turn them on their ears.
Raf Simons is bringing CALVIN KLEIN back to the glory of the late 90s. But unlike when Calvin was designing, Raf’s models have a distinct edge. Bright suiting with unusual pairings were evident at the spring show. A cobalt rockabilly look and a magenta three-piece suit are both worn with cowboy boots on scowling models for an edgy, modern effect.
DAVID HART takes a more lighthearted tact to his colorful suits. Two-button jackets, slim-leg pants, light linens, cigars in pockets, toothpicks twirling in mouths 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 a precarious future.