Prada, Menswear, SS12, Milan.
Fashion has had it’s fair share of block colours and clean lines of late with designers experimenting with their own versions of minimalist aesthetics, simplified forms and graphic silhouettes. But at the end of the day, aesthetics that disciplined aren’t necessarily particularly fun and in some of the recent Resort and Menswear collections designers are breaking out of the minimal mould.
In the recent Prada Spring-Summer 2012 Menswear collection there was a sway away from clean lines for all, towards loud shirts for the brave few. Colours continued to pour forth in all new combinations and repeat prints were busy and quirky, depicting scenes of golfing, surfing and dancing. Shoes used 3 or 4 colours at a time, with cartoon-like studs protruding from the soles and the hats included beret style shapes that looked like borderline granny shower caps. The yoke lines were also warped into strange new outlines and used to contrast clashing prints with fine lines of piping. And that’s without even mentioning the bedazzled garments and accessories that just pushed the whole look to a new level of eccentricity.
Catwalk images from Vogue.co.uk»