“For the man who travels the world, be it on a private jet or a yacht!” replies Kim Jones, Menswear Director of Louis Vuitton, when asked about the brand’s fall/winter 2012 collection. From bold overcoats to leather suits, high-waist trousers made with luxurious fabrics and sophisticated accessories, menswear this season has taken on a new definition, for the jetsetting man who knows luxury dressing.
The power jacket
Designers reinterpreted the classic rules of tailoring, redefining the ever-familiar silhouettes of men’s fashion. Seen across the runways was the ‘power coat’ made with daring materials in a myriad of lengths, prints and silhouettes. Dior Homme created a patchwork army green trench, whereas Lanvin’s interpretation was all about the details. Lanvin found power in proportions, creating round-shouldered coats paired with their signature piece this season: the billowing, high-waist trouser. Prada took this power trend to the next level, creating a jacket with a retro vibe-pattern, double-breasted and lined with a fur collar. This fall/winter 2012, Prada is made for the man who isn’t afraid to make a statement.
Out in full force this season is leather, a material evoking dominance, power and sovereignty. Hermès took this leather trend down a statelier path, incorporating slim-cut leather trousers with a narrow, brown turtleneck, 3-pocket blazer and the signature orange-soled Hermès shoe. Jil Sander interpreted leather in the ultimate way by creating a head-to-toe leather look. Go for the entire look, or deconstruct it to build a wearable winter wardrobe.
None of this season’s stately looks would be complete without a bold accessory. Seen across the runways were old-fashioned accessories, like lapel pins and pocket squares, to top off each look. King of accessories this winter, Louis Vuitton presented flower pens to adorn empty jacket pockets and statement bags for the man about town.
The final testament to fall/winter’s power dressing, seen on both the YSL and Louis Vuitton runways, is the use of metal accents on footwear. From toecaps to metal harnesses across the top of the shoe, supremacy has been translated down to the very last detail.