Prints have always been perceived as an extension of one’s personality, as the reflection of a particular mood, as a signature of a well defined aesthetic. At the same time prints represent a much needed break from all the classic shapes and plain, monochromatic fabrics that tend to define a man’s wardrobe. For fashion in spring 2013, prints for men gave way to various interpretations, from bold to far more traditional renditions.
Dark, playful or daring, this season has yet plenty to offer in terms of prints. Riding upon complexity and standing for evolution, they came breathing new life into the menswear fashion scene. Needless to point out, it’s time to welcome spring with a different attitude and it’s clearly time to stand out and have fun with the new direction that trends set for the season. Read on to the full print trend report, after the break.
Animal prints for men
It can’t get more obvious or more challenging than this but the fact that animal prints are no longer associated exclusively with the loud and provocative women’s styles shouldn’t come as a total surprise. The menswear department got injected with a fair share of snakeskin and leopard prints and the two are sure to spread their influence across this season’s key styles.
If you’re planning to invest in this particular trend, seek for clean, structured silhouettes and let the print do all the talking. For the same reason, balance the intense prints with complementary color palettes and minimal accessories. If you care to push the limits even further, clash two prints in a statement outfit.
Animal prints on the runway at Dirk Bikkembergs S/S ’13 men’s, YMC S/S ’13 men’s and Kenzo S/S ’13 men’s
Ethnic prints for men
With its roots deep seeded in tradition, but approached through a far more modern translation, the ethnic prints invaded the spring 2013 runways, covering a myriad of styles, patterns and colors. From bold imagery, to full blown ikat expressions, the ethnic motifs got mixed and reinvented this season.
There’s no such thing as approaching the ethnic tribe inspired prints with real subtlety, as all the individual expression are intricate and colorful enough to make effortless statements. Invest in sophisticated suits for a sartorial twist, in lightweight pieces of outerwear or in basic t-shirts for a casual take.
Ethnic prints on the runway at 3.1 Phillip Lim S/S ’13 men’s, Henrik Vibskov S/S ’13 men’s and Miharayasuhiro S/S ’13 men’s
Paisley prints for men
The paisley prints aren’t exactly a subject of novelty on the runways, especially as they are associated with the recurrent theme of the 1970s which land them quite the timeless character. But giving the evolving men’s silhouettes, the fresh take on fabrics and the cutting-edge styling, they can’t help but feel fresh and new every single time. Playful and fun, the paisley prints work best in bright and colorful combinations.
Paisley prints on the runway at Etro S/S ’13 men’s, Qasimi Homme S/S ’13 men’s and Etro S/S ’13 men’s
Plaids and checks
Much like the classic stripes, the plaids and checks are a constant go-to print on the runway regardless of the season, managing to always appear current as envisioned for the modern man. For spring 2013, they gained new perspectives as the color palette grew warmer and lighter. From black, white and red combinations, to more unexpected fusions like the teaming of dusted pink and blue, the options appear endless.
Refresh your wardrobe with impeccably tailored suits, or play upon versatility by opting for bold separates that you can mix and match with other prints, trendy colors or bold patterns.
Checks and plaids on the runway at Dries Van Noten S/S ’13 men’s, Daks S/S ’13 men’s and Moschino S/S ’13 men’s
Geometric prints for men
Bold and playful but still retaining a highly masculine quality, geometric prints never looked better. Whether you’re a fashion-forward kind of guy or you’re slightly more conservative, the geometric prints allow you to spring forward in style, without having to give up on your aesthetic.
As they came down the runway, geometric prints looked as diverse as possible, but one characteristic managed to tied them up eventually. The timeless black and white combination was the clear favourite in showcasing the mix of both large scale and small scale prints, in casual and elegant outfits alike.
Geometric prints on the runway at Jil Sander S/S ’13 men’s, Wooyoungmi S/S ’13 men’s and Poul Brouwer S/S ’13 men’s
Other men’s print trends
Standing tall and looking confident, the camo print resurfaced on the spring 2013 runways, quickly morphing into the biggest sartorial weapon of the season. The classic military print has been reimagined in a full spectrum of styles that look tough as nails. Add impact to a classic look and get acquainted with the new camo print this spring.
Hard to resist once you get past their controversial character, the floral prints for men are no longer about addressing boy-girl styles. For spring 2013, florals are being explored strictly in association with male modernity, spanning from painterly blooms, to plain abstract expressions. Find out more about floral prints for men at that link.
Widely accepted as part of a men’s everyday wardrobe, the stripes are going even stronger for spring 2013. From nautical to pinstripes and from horizontal to vertical, they are sure to effortlessly break the monotony of an outfit. Taking cues from the runways, read on to learn how to wear stripes for spring 2013.
Carrying an unconventional flair and infusing the striking artistic expression with whole new meanings, it’s no wonder the painterly prints made a huge impact on the spring 2013 runways. Envisioned for men, they came in the guise of paint explosions, large scale painted pictures or creative digital patterns. Read the full report on art prints for spring to find out more.