Flashback Fashions for Men

March 12, 2012 | Style & Beauty

From left: Clean lines: A look from Michael Bastian Spring/ Summer 2012; Gucci Spring/ Summer 2012

Spring’s rising hemlines, from shirtsleeves to pant legs, should receive a warm welcome among local fashionphiles. The spring and summer subtropical heat is the perfect excuse to don crisp short-sleeve dress shirts from Dolce & Gabbana and DKNY. Jacket required? Try Gucci’s Savile Row plaid suiting with ultra-thin button-downs and linen trousers, to give necks and ankles a breather. Collections from Canali to Zegna point to the 1950s as inspiration for the designs that walked the American and European runways for spring. Allusions to the decade can be seen in many shapes and forms, but a few trends are universal: Suiting fits closer to the body than seasons past, and color is for playing. From Moschino’s pastel tuxedos, which look as though they were lifted directly from a young Elvis Presley’s closet, to Michael Bastian’s reincarnation of James Dean, the retro-American preppy rock inspiration is obvious. Subtler touches of the era exist as well, such as Lanvin and Prada’s modern takes on timeless fabrics like denim, repurposed in slim silhouettes with impeccably tailored details. Try styling these suits with crisp white dress shirts and black (instead of the traditional brown) lace-ups for a meeting on the Hill or a night out on the town.

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