The fall 2011 men's shows have just finished in Milan. The fashion road show is moving to Paris next where Louis Vuitton, Lanvin and Dior Homme show their collections. But while there have been exciting trends to come out of the Milan shows (such as the snappy colors at Jil Sander and the 70s tailoring at Prada) and more to come surely from the City of Lights, I still feel that men are sometimes left out of the fashion game.
I say this because I really want to wear something from Phoebe Philo. But sadly, the designer of Celine who changed the way women dressed in a single season does not make men's clothes. True, there are menswear designers who create clean minimalist clothes like Raf Simons, Simon Spurr and Italo Zucchelli at Calvin Klein, but fashion is all about the Philo mania right now and I would like to join in on the craze as do the many guys who have snapped up the Celine totes just so they can say that they own a piece of the designer's genius. The very stylish Ines de la Fressange has been quoted saying that "it's better to spend your money on Celine than on Botox." I would like to be able to say something to that effect too.
I think that some of Philo's designs for Celine will translate well to menswear like the color blocked leather t-shirts and the sleeveless coats with no lapels. I personally would wear the white trousers with green and blue stripes on the sides from her spring collection if she cut them for men. If she does create menswear, I can see her filling the void left by Helmut Lang. Modern urban warriors in very streamlined clothing. I doubt she will cross over though. But a man who loves fashion can dream.
I'd also like to see Tory Burch create a men's line. No, I am not looking to wear tunics or her famous Reva ballerinas. I'd like to see how she'll apply her love for vibrant colors and patterns to men's clothes. I like to think that Tory Burch Man -- should there ever be one -- will be filled with luxe boho pieces inspired by J.P. Getty and Paul Bowles. Robes in paisley prints, shorts with geometric patterns, shirts in degrade colors and maybe an embroidered trouser or two for glamorous Moroccan themed parties. I can also see her making a trench coat in crushed linen with a wild exuberant lining. And think about the accessories -- an orange canvas beach tote perhaps or Kelly green moccasins or braided leather bracelets or Panama hats in shades inspired by a gelato stand. Oh, St. Barth's here I come.
If Victoria Beckham extended herself to men's fashion what would her clothes be like? Would she pilfer from her husband's Dolce & Gabbana and Giorgio Armani filled closet or would she surprised us in much the same way she baffled her naysayers when she launched her eponymous collection? That a former Spice Girls with an affinity to gold lame and chain mail can produce such strong, sophisticated and polished women's wear is nothing short of amazing. Her men's collection I imagine would have architectural blazers that are nipped in at the waist by unexpected darts, sharp and skinny trousers paired with draped multi-layered belted cardigans and tuxedos in rich jewel tone colors.
And while on the topic of women's wear designers doing men's clothes, it would be great if Jason Wu, Proenza Schouler and Thakoon lent their creative vision to men's fashion as well. Their contemporaries Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang and Richard Chai are already doing it. Men's fashion would be a lot more fun if they were in the mix.