Fashion One presents: Menswear Trends Prints Fall/Winter 2012/13
Already very present in womenswear, prints are clearly displayed for men this winter. Of course checks, stripes in all forms and polka dots stand out very quickly, especially at Kenzo who adds colour and originality. But the novelty lies more in the `tapestry' effect. This rather old school pattern is found with many designers who play with the tone on tone aspect, and the decline on suits, or in contrast have fun by highlighting the many basics. The camouflage print is still present but it evolves by taking colour or just playing with shapes that are rounded and which become even more abstract.
You guessed it, like at Dior Homme or Jean-Paul Gaultier, the prints play with trompe-oeil and give depth to the pieces. White designs on black wreck havoc, the designers go even further by inviting artists to dye their own creations on a garment.
The arty effect has been present for several seasons, and still seduces. Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy offers new prints at each show, and for winter it will be stars, while Burberry chose fox heads, not forgetting the "Irish motif" which is found in the total look.
Kris Van Assche : The idea was to make an interpretation of camouflage, to cut abstract shapes of birds in the lining of the suits and to embroider them on the sportswear parkas, it appeared quite obvious.
Jean-Paul Gaultier : When we look closely, we have these little patterns a bit like country people, but it seems like bricks, but it's quite graphic so it's in black and white or in the colour of English bricks and then there is also graffiti.
Dries Van Noten : I met two artists who refuse to work with computers so they do everything by hand, all the calligraphy is by hand, so I found this very beautiful at the time, so there is also a psychedelic spirit linked to the 60s, it's also a period that fascinates me a lot, and after I started to mix it with Oscar Wilde, so it was really a meeting between Oscar Wilde and Frank Zappa.