When you take in the first look of Dolce & Gabbana latest men’s collection, you’re likely to think that their offering of spring 2012 fashion is ‘same same’. After all, it’s a look made up of of a slim cut black suit sitting over a white shirt and skinny tie. Delve deeper, however, and you’ll encounter the foundation looks and elements for men’s wardrobes in spring / summer 2012, each interpreted through chic Italian lens that designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are perhaps best loved for. That interpretation starts with the very first look, what looks to be a standard take on the modern men’s suit is in fact cut without any lapels, and continues on.
And it continues on to include the Dolce & Gabbana take on the emerging loose men’s tailoring trend (taught peaked lapel jackets over loose cut trousers often with pleats, and even at times relaxed fit shirts). It is, however, through its take on the season’s use of texture that Dolce & Gabbana’s spring 2012’s collection plays its strongest hand. The designer’s use of texture was inspired by the nets of Sicilian fishermen and as such this is a men’s collection that is replete with square weaves, sometimes layered sometimes cut out of a sole fabric. It gives some pieces a sheer effect, but never with the immodesty or over-the-top look likely to send most men running. Instead it’s measured and effective, and perfectly so when it comes to the designer’s take on mid-thigh shorts for the season.
There’s one other thing to watch for men in spring / summer 2012 and that’s the colour. Perhaps it’s in response to the fiscally conservative world in which we now apparently live, but a lot of menswear designers are preoccupied with darker hues for the season. Watch this space.
You can see all of Dolce & Gabbana‘s spring 2012 men’s collection by clicking on the thumbnails and browsing through the photos.