Man Autumn-Winter 2012/13 Trends

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Written by Jemma De Blanche


The Dandy was king in this season’s collections and what better way to express the beau’s refinedness than with double breasted jackets?

The result? Dapper young gangsters from the 1920s in Burberry, Wall Street wizzes from the eighties in Corneliani and decorated war veterans in Prada.

The coats ranged from tuxedo jackets to suits to trench coats, all the time exuding elegance and the gentlemanly splendour of a dandy.


Menswear and tailoring go hand in hand so it seems a moot point to mention it, but this season’s impeccable tailoring was doubly important, because of the man that was emerging from the catwalks. He was a Dandy, the epitome of gentlemanly elegance, and no dandy would ever be seen with substandard tailoring

Suits were made to fit like a glove, and even in stiffer fabrics like the leather details in YSL, they hung on the model like he was born with it. There was no doubt of the luxe of these collections.


The dapper gentleman doesn’t have anything if he is not subtly showing off his wealth. Designers chose to do this in adding a luxe sheen to some of the fabric, making the garments more opulent.

Ferragamo put a shine to a suit, and a long red trench in nylon, Lanvin made it chintzy with metallic trousers and a two tone purple shine on a suit jacket, and Dries Van Noten went a classier way just adding a very subtle blue hue to a tuxedo jacket.


Capes were an important staple for the autumn winter 2012 collections. The Victorian era saw a rise in the fashion conscious among both men and women and capes were worn as overcoats so as not to crush the garment underneath.

From a more aesthetic point of view, a cape exudes elegance and gives the wearer a certain status. Dior took on the more casual approach showing something that might be worn in the military, while Dolce & Gabbana, Emporio Armani and Mugler made their Dandy more chic, with elegant drapery hanging over their tailored masterpieces.


A dapper man has many important social engagement to attend, so what is he without his tuxedo? Designers saw this and did not ignore it, although there were many different takes on the typical tuxedo.

For a more casual take on it look to Giorgio Armani and pair it with a t-shirt instead of a shirt and bow tie. Cavalli paired his with heavy knits and trendy scarves while Viktor & Rolf went all out adding a chintz to theirs with a stripy satin jacket and leather gloves.


Normally men’s knitwear is baggy and chunky thick knit, but in keeping with the gentlemanly figure designers took inspiration from this season, the knitwear was more elegant, slim line and suave.

Gaultier took a knitted hoody and gave it the shape of a suit jacket, chunkier knits were worn over elegant white shirts and bow ties at Dolce & Gabbana, and Ferragamo championed the roll neck for a more formal look.


The trouser moved away from the modish skinny jean look and towards a more fluid, baggier pant. It gave it a more old fashioned look true of the dandy style.

Giorgio Armani championed the trouser, using modern fabrics like jersey and wool with a 1920s style. Dries Van Noten and Dior gave them a tapered look which was slightly more elegant with a fluidity that conveyed pure luxury.



Accessories were understated this season with the Dandy dominating the catwalks.

Scarves were oversized at Louis Vuitton and Corneliani in Aztec prints and thick fabrics. It was the opposite of a cravat style we would typically see worn by a dapper gentleman, but made the look current and appealing to the modern gentleman.


Most designers visited the classic brogue adding a more contemporary detail like a fringe or a clumpier sole like Giorgio Armani or Ferragamo.

Others like Lanvin championed the sci fi boot for a more futuristic take on the shoe which worked well with the tapered trouser we saw a lot of.


Bags came in all shapes and sizes. Large totes and small briefcases, weekend bags in luxe fabrics like alligator and suede and oversized clutches gave the typical Dandy a more metrosexual look.

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Written by Jemma De Blanche

Jemma De Blanche is a fashion and lifestyle journalist with a background in marketing and copy-writing, is in awe of all things creative and loves getting lost in a good book, a beautiful picture or the creativity of new collection. Jemma handles the Fashion in Film pages and the Men's catwalk reviews.

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