Thursday, 1 November 2007

Men's fashion

I don’t really pay that much attention to men’s fashion, and so from our lecture on Men’s Alternative Magazine Market, I now know some of the key figures in men’s fashion. Although personally I prefer less ‘out there’ fashion for men, I like the shirt and jeans look more so than the tight black skinny jeans that make some guys look like they have sticks for legs. However I am not a fashion critic.

Apparently Raf Simons the Belgian fashion designer, Hedi Slimane who designs for Dior Homme, Walter Van Beirendonck with the woolly jumpers and cartoon pictures and Thierry Mugler known for his fantasy and silver designs are key fashion figures in terms of men’s fashion in the present market.

Raf Simons’ extreme designs involving futurism and the idea of the ‘interzone’ with the dreamlike reality still maintains a masculine feel and is one of the leading men’s fashion designers. Also he is most probably renowned for his collection based on terrorism, which was to show on 9/11, but of course had to be withdrawn.

Hedi Slimane put skinny jeans on the map, demanding the extinction of the baggy jeans, and that the future equalled skinny. Now all you see is guys wearing skinny jeans, so I guess Slimane was right in his prediction that skinny jeans was the next step in terms of men’s fashion. Slimane is also well known for his photo shoots for men’s mags and his previous best friend, Pete Doherty.

Woolly jumpers and t-shirts brightly coloured with cartoons emblazoned on them are by none other than, Walter Van Beirendonck whose cartoon portrait also appears on the front, and whose latest head fashion was published in the recent issue of Dazed&Confused. Glamour in the eyes of Beirendonck is anything to do with toys, computers and Rave imagery.

Thierry Mugler, who now concentrates on perfume, was all to do with magic and fantasy and dressing men in silver. Now Thomas Engelhart has taken over the designing concept and the label is still going strong.

I now feel slightly more informed on men’s fashion, although I have to say I do prefer looking at clothes for women.

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