Fashion has a fascinating way of galvanizing people into constantly thinking about the future, making it always about what’s next, more than it will ever be about what’s hot right now. Past and present get often clouded by the alluring thought of a better, brighter, far more exciting and not so distant future. With the official start of summer 2013 not even that far behind us, the fashionable gentlemen must already begin expanding their horizons and wardrobes alike, to welcome the upcoming spring 2014 fashion trends.

The spring / summer 2014 runways witnessed plenty of new directions, converted silhouettes, metamorphosed color palettes, as the novelty of the season culminated with a display of evolving accessories, envisioned as to reset all grounds and lead one step closer to that bright future.

Read on after the break for a full report on 10 stand-out men’s accessories to have graced the runway this season.

spring 2014 mens accessories

Fold-up bag at Jil Sander

Taking cues from the womenswear trend of fold over clutches, men’s bags have been getting the rolled and folded treatment. This example at Jil Sander combines function with bold colour contrast for an eye-catching look.

jil sander fold-up bag

Oversized leather backpack at Gucci

A luxurious accessory that exceeds functionality and adds to the sophisticated side of activewear, the padlocked backpack that buckles across the chest is the easiest way to experience the free-spirited days of summer with ease and in full style.

Upper class Oxford shoes at Dior Homme

The slick pair of black oxford shoes seen on the Dior Homme runway were clearly gifted with a little extra on the essence side. Subverted by a great metal suspension spring, they blur the line between classy and sporty for good.

Damier patterned duffle bag at Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton’s legacy of high-end travel gear has been kept alive this season with a beautiful checkered Damier pattern, drilled and water cut into caramel-colored leather. The perfect getaway piece for the ever stylish gent on the go.

Knit scarf at Ermanno Scervino

Playing upon the many shades of blue still going strong for 2014, Ermanno Scervino’s range of accessories included unexpected knit scarves for a contemporary take on a polished, yet laid back urban look, just perfect for the summer season.

Gladiator sandal at Dolce & Gabbana

It was only fit for Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana to complement their Sicilian mythology inspired collection with sandals that recall those worn by the gods of the tradition. Cool, laid back and ready to make a statement.

Wave motif elasticized bag at Kenzo

For those who find comfort in evoking the calming image of the sea, the elasticized leather and neoprene bags at Kenzo incorporate a beautiful array of hand drawn prints featuring aqua motifs, such as rogue waves and tides.

Graphically painted sneakers at Fendi

Proving that it understands where men want to travel in terms of fashion, Fendi complemented its boldly textured menswear collection with graphically painted sneakers that look rough, a little edgy but perfect with relaxed suits and trousers with hems rolled up.

Boater hats at Frankie Morello

Designers Pierfrancesco Gigliotti and Maurizio Modica brought back the drive for dapper boaters during their spring 2014 presentation. Upgrading the casual ensembles with a fine touch, the red shaped boaters never looked more appealing.

Ethnic necklace at Missoni

Inspired by the radiant textiles and landscapes of West Africa, the playful necklaces at Missoni perfected the casual take on spring and summer, styling lightweight shorts and knitted cardigans, all covered in Missoni’s signature zigzag patterns.

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