Welcome colour! The spring/summer 2014 menswear shows Featured

Next year's men will be smart, exotic, romantic and above all glowing with colour

The long beards and rough looks that hallmarked so many brands in their styles for summer this year have gone, replaced by taut styling, with semi-formal garments given a boost of casual energy by massive injections of colour. Tones are bright, above all reds and oranges, ranging from dark raspberry to coral orange, and glorious Mediterranean blues. Block colours are mitigated by touches of romanticism, which take the form of lacy patterns, and motifs from the world of plants. For the most courageous, there are loads of flowers.

The sports influence is even more present than in 2013, with looks from sailing, trekking and even judo. It all looks optimistic, peace and love, but there are still some undertones of doubt that surface here and there in military olive drabs, and in hard-textured jackets that resemble armour or breastplates. Here are some overviews of the major trends we've seen so far. (In the title image above, backstage at the Burberry spring/summer 2014 menswear show in London).

Ever reddy

From left, Bally, Brioni, and a double-breasted Dolce & Gabbana

Shorts and shorter

Versace, Ermenegildo Zegna, Missoni

From raspberry to orange

Versace, Gucci, Jil Sander

Take it as red

Burberry, Canali, Prada

Electric blue

Canali, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci

Casually ultramarine

Burberry, Ermenegildo Zegna, Missoni

Depths of colour

Versace, Roberto Cavalli, Salvatore Ferragamo

Play it cool

Burberry and Gucci are ready for the waves; Ermenegildo Zegna's jacket is like judo in colour

Lacy patterns

Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Jil Sander

Blossoming fantasy

Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Prada

Armour-plated

Bally, Gucci, and a Jil Sander jacket that has the glints of a steel breastplate

Images courtesy of style.com