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Menswear Musts for Summer

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A Chinoiserie style coat from the Spring/Summer 2016 collection by Dolce and Gabbana.

By Jessica Michault

There are a few key menswear trends this summer that any man hoping to look like he is on the cutting edge of style must fold into his wardrobe before the vacation season kicks into high gear. Here, Bal Harbour Shops shares the sartorial staples that will help you look and feel cool in the summer heat.

The color of the season is green. The lush tropical hue has been seen on the catwalk for a few years now, but this season it really flourished. Brands that came up with some clever takes on the color include Brioni’s Mondrian aesthetic that saw color blocking on suits, tops and anoraks and Valentino’s camouflage designs. For a bit more of a classical take on the color, Canali presented some olive green garments that have an evergreen appeal.

The embellishment of the season is Chinoiserie. This Asian inspired ornamentation, where patterns feature dragons, flora and fauna, was everywhere. But perhaps nowhere was it more prominent then on the Gucci catwalk. The brand’s designer Alessandro Michele has made it a new signature feature for the Italian house. Dolce & Gabbana also looked to the East for inspiration as did Valentino, Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton.

The cut of the season is baggy. Suits and pants were more often than not designed with ease in mind. Full-leg trousers and loosened up shapes have resulted in menswear that have a slouchy sophistication. Fendi, Etro and Giorgio Armani all invested heavily in this trend. While designers Dean and Dan Caten of Dsquared2 translated it onto a wide selection of baggy denim designs.

The hat of the season is the baseball cap. Less sporty and much more sophisticated than what’s worn on center field, the fashion world’s cap is structured and stylish. The stiff bill and the luxe materials instantly elevate the old standby into something chic and suitable for non-sports events. Versace and Salvatore Ferragamo got the athletic allure just right as did Balmain, which smartly refrained from any overt ornamentation.

The shoe of the season is the sandal. But not just the sandal, rather the sandal-worn-with-socks style (it just won’t go away). It was hands down the preferred choice of stylists at both the Paris and Milan menswear shows. If you opt for a sock-less multi-strap sandal from Bottega Veneta, Versace or Kenzo, just make sure you book a pedicure first!

The watch of the season is a Hublot. A timepiece company known for its dynamic statement-making styles, the brand loves bold innovations that make the most complicated timepiece look cool. Hublot recently launched the limited edition Big Bang Unico Sapphire watch, which celebrates the idea of transparency by crafting the case, bezel and back of the watch out of blocks of sapphire.

 

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