Fashion can have a cruel cruel cruel sense of humour. The It brands, editors and creative directors initiate and manipulate every trend that ejaculates all over the fashion crowd’s hungry, gaping mouths; bloggers and hipsters gobbling it up like piranhas in a children’s wading pool. So you laugh and you laugh and you laugh some more. But the joke’s on you.
Ever walk down the street and see that poor young soul wearing some fucking stupid piece of clothing? You snicker, you point, maybe even take a secret photo with your phone. Only a year later, you see it in several stores that you frequent. And then a year later, you’re trying on a cheaper version of it at H&M. Then a few seasons later, it’s on frat guys at a hookah bar. Remember how dumb skinny jeans kinda looked when they first came out? Or how cardigans were really only something teh gheys and maybe an art school kid wore? Trends stick around, morph or get translated by the mainstream retailers like Old Navy. Can’t swing a dick without hitting a gay guy in a shawl collar sweater.
Sometimes it’s hard to keep up but living in a dull city like Toronto, we don’t really have to. We have no hopes in catching up to the shit that has become everyday wear on the streets of Paris, Milan, New York or even Shanghai. I’d like to think Torontonians have better things to do.
But clearly I don’t. So anyway, I was told to write less on this blog and keep it snappy so here are some of 2013 menswear trends according to CWE…
CLASSIC LUXE SNEAKERS
So forget those Lanvin hi-tops or retro Stan Smiths. New Balance struck a chord with the fashion crowd a few seasons back. Ever since well-dressed businessmen started wearing them with suits on the commute home, they became a hit. Now the major labels have caught on and are creating luxe versions of this classic shape. I think we’ll see this as much as the hi-top in the next while.
These Balanciaga sneakers look like ones I had in high school but I got mine at Zeller’s and they didn’t cost $865.
Jamie Foxx at his premiere of the worst movie I’ve ever seen is right on trend with this Ozwald Boatend royal blue suit. This is the suit for Spring 2013. Blue, blue, blue. Mix different blues with the pants and jacket, wear it with brogues, wear dark blue, royal blue, light blue. The brighter the suit, the more fashion forward.
BROWN DENIM JACKETS
A friend recently bought this exact Filson x Levi’s brown waxed denim jacket for his husband and he was completely on point. This denim jacket in brown (grey, black, white) and similar cousins will be surfacing on the streets soon.
Think 70’s, not quite a bathrobe, not quite a trench. I for one will not be caught dead in a belted cardigan but I do belt my Junk De Luxe mac trench 100% of the time. This might not catch on till 2014 when it becomes the new knit business casual cardigan. Even uber masculine brands like Zegna and Perry Ellis (with my faves Duckie Brown onboard) are churning out shit like this to appeal to the ever-growing fashion conscious male demographic.
And finally someone who always seems to be sporting the latest trends, Mr. Posh Beckham. Look at him in his little belted horsey cardigan. I know what you’re thinking: poor Becks is such a fashion victim. Well, what you might not know is that this photograph was taken in 2006.
See? Joke’s on you, right?
More trends to report on in the coming weeks. Goodnight.