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Menswear Trends – Spring 2013

Ugly ass mens shoes

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…


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.

Converse x Missoni. Barf.

Come on.

new balance 41
I wanted to get these but my friend said they looked like something a rapist would wear hiding in a park. Hayden Christenen was spotted wearing this exact pair. Unrelated thoughts.


Tuxedo detailing is in a lot of collections.

Tuxedo jackets on their own is also going to be a huge thing. Look for a nice lapel and wear it with jeans.

Blame it on Ryan Gosling.

Look at this little fucker workin’ it before church.


'Django Unchained' Rome Premiere
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.

Paul Smith S/S 2013

Gucci S/S 2013


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.

Well, look at Jake Gyllenhaal ahead of the curve.


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.

Ferragamo S/S 2013.

Zegna S/S 13.


I forgot who this is but I think he looks pretty silly.

David Beckhams horsey cardigan
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.

Levi’s 201

Yes, I still like men’s style. Let’s take a break from the UN…

Could these be the new It jean?

Levi’s is reissuing this jean from 120 years ago. Built to be incredibly durable, these are an affordable raw selvage denim in a newer straight cut. The brick-red 201 is in canvas and retails for about $100 while the blue jean version is only $80. Look for it in NYC’s Levi’s store.

I have a feeling this colour is going to leak into the next collections.

I’ll wait for a skinnier vintage version from Value Village.

Robert Geller for Levi’s

Looks like Robert Geller’s new collection for Levi’s is coming out. Earlier this year, GQ and CFDA awarded him 50, 000 big ones and gig designing a limited line for the most famous denim makers in the world. The panel who went included CFDA winner, Thom Browne and GQ Editor-in-Chief, Jim Nelson. Geller beat out numerous contemporaries:
Benjamin Bixby

Rogues Gallery

Save Khaki

Shipley & Halmos

and Yigal Azrouel

All pretty big up-and-coming menswear talents. Who knew that Andre 3000 knew anything about fashion? I’m actually not interested in his line all that much but I hope he kicks Kanye’s ass. Just cuz.

Anyway, this was the first promotional photo sent out:

His modern take on the classic jean jacket. The crop is lower like a military jacket and it’s lined in a schoolboy sweater-type print. If I am not mistaken, the torso is slightly cinched for a more 21st century silhouette.

A unique wash for the classic chambray.

I love chambray shirts (they remind me of my father) but I’m not really into this as I find gradients unattractive and too shticky. But I do love denim paired with a beautiful watch with a black leather strap. I actually am a huge fan of black and blue even though the general public considers it a faux pas. Not in the fashion world, it’s not!

I really love the wash of those jeans. And the cut is perfect. I like skinny jeans but not when they’re skin tight. It’s just too extreme. These are both chic but won’t make you look like a poser. The vest is played out though.
The jacket on the right is a brilliant piece design-wise. It’s got this great anorak/slicker vibe to it and I wonder if it’s functional in the rain. Unlikely. I love how the off-white shirt looks with the dark denim: dirty vs. clean. Hard to pull off. Being short, I would look like a kid playing dress-up in my daddy’s closet.

Robert Geller’s new collection for Levi’s is available at any store that makes you feel like shit when you walk in the door.

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