We bring you the highlights of Men’s Fashion Week 2012
By Aakanksha Vasudeva, Cheryl Chew and Christine Laifa. Photos by Chione Zhang, Izzan Haziq and Rahimah Rashith
If you weren’t at Men’s Fashion Week 2012 or missed parts of the action, read our recap and find out all that went down!
Day 2: Comic Timing
The models that walked for D. GNAK were as comedic as Charlie Chaplin himself. Each wore an English bowler hat, held a cane stick, and mimicked Charlie Chaplin’s signature moves, strutting and dancing with the cane.
Beyond Closet by Ko Tae-Yong showcased modern hipster culture, featuring dress shoes, checkered shirts, bermudas over pants, sweatshirt over knee-length shirts and thin collared knee-length coats.
Resurrection, featuring gold-studded fashion, was perfect for metal heads. Lee Juyong, the only female designer of the day, designed what a modern metal rock star would possibly wear: Studded jackets and headphones paired with black leather gloves and strappy boots.
Day 3: Japan Invasion
Named after his own label, Jun Hashimoto’s Fall/Winter collection is suitable for men who like smart casual with sleek designs and masterful cuts. He had an eye for high quality fabrics, which were shown in every outfit. The highlight of the show was a pop of orange in most of the outfit, to show contrast in his bold collection.
Before he started fashion label Pascal Donquino, Adkira Takeuchi served as a pattern maker of Comme Des Garcons. In his collection, he tied it up with Japanese elements. The first few looks were casual sportswear in earthy shades of brown, while the final outfit for Pascal Donquino was a well-cut black suit with classic French tailoring.
To close the night, Factotum’s show was accompanied by music from Icelandic post-rockers Sigur Rós and the runway was filled with black streaks of light. Koji Udo had showcased different elements in every piece like checkered shirts and pants, duffle coats and soft suede trench coats.
Day 4: Smart hues
Alexis Mabille’s collection was a mélange of smart casuals, casuals and underwear, primarily featuring neutrals such as black, white and grey, with prints limited to simple designs and checks.UK designer Casely Hayford first featured business casuals in colourful hues, then swiftly transitioned into a calmer mood, featuring jackets and trousers in neutral colors.
In line with other designers of the night, Richard Chai from the US had clean-cut and subtle garments. His ready-to-wear designs clearly embraced the ideas of casualty and simplicity. Cool colours like dark green, maroon, grey, and grayish blue are his signature’s colours.
Matthew Miller’s collection was a combination of quirkiness and masculinity, fun and seriousness. With bright colours and loud prints in almost every piece, Miller gave the traditional suit a not-so-formal facelift. Miller’s masculine concept consisted of cropped pants with loud prints paired, a draped top and backpack.