There are several different trends for Summer 2012. Some involve putting new spins on old favorites. For example, the leather jacket has been a fashion staple for many years, but for this year they have made a classic even better. This brown leather jacket has the traditional baseball styling with its mandarin collar and clean front packet. , but a good thing is made even better with the addition of an ombre effect along the bottom third of the jacket. It gives the leather greater dimension and interest, making it a look that would turn heads. Also, the cargo style pants and shorts seem to continue to be popular each Spring and Summer, but in this look they have lengthened the shorts and cinched them under the knees, which gives them a new spin.
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One item of clothing that seems to have been around for ages, the Hoodie, actually has. The initial style extends back to medieval times when the hooded robe was the daily uniform of the Franciscan Monks. In the 1930’s, the transformation of the regular sweatshirt into the hooded version was brought into production by the Feinbloom brothers, who made a zippered, hooded sweatshirt that they marketed to sports players. Today, the Hoodie has become a fashion statement for men, women and children of all ages. It has moved from its position in athletic sportswear to a broader base within the designer world.
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David Beckham, whose soccer career began in 1972 with his first team “Manchester United”, has spent the majority of his life on the wild ride as a sports star. Over his career, he has played for many different world-wide soccer teams, finally ending up with the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007. He has a huge following for his footballer activities in the US, but also has developed followers that admire him for his keen fashion sense. Whether David Beckham is dressed for a black tie affair, out for an afternoon with his kids, modeling a line of clothing, or just strolling the streets of LA, he manages to know how to put together a great look.
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Tim Hamilton is a designer who was born in Iowa, but brought his talents straight to the fashion world of New York City. The initial part of his career was spent with the design houses of J. Crew and Ralph Lauren. He graced the Runway with his first collection in 2009 and ended up receiving the CFDA/Swarovski Award for the emerging menswear designer at that time. His tailored, but relaxed style has remained popular among luxury boutiques and shops all over the world.
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Raf Simmons is a Belgian fashion designer who started designing menswear in 1995. Formerly the Creative Director at Jil Sander, he brought his own line of clothing to the public in 2006. In his designs, you can feel the excitement of a contemporary style that is drawn from traditional and vintage designs. Raf’s use of plaids, knits and simple concepts are the building blocks with which he mixes new wave graphic designs in forming his collection.
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A graduate of Babson College in Wellesley MA, Michael Bastian has had the opportunity to work in some of the most famous fashion establishments in New York City. His positions at Tiffany & Co and Polo Ralph Lauren gave him the experience that led him to Bergdorf Goodman, where he was the Menswear Fashion Director for the five years prior to the development of his own line of clothing. Now, his brand “Gant by Michael Bastian” is in retail locations worldwide.
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As a fun fact, the name “Rochambeau” is the French translation for the well known game of “Rock, Paper, Scissors”. The designing friends, Joshua Cooper and Lawrence Chandler, have their men’s clothing collection in stores all over the world. Their simple fabrications, cool colors, and sleek style oozes sex appeal. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want that as part of their own look.
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Christophe Lemaire is a clothing designer who was born in Besancon France in 1965. He had the opportunity to apprentice under Yves Saint Laurent and had created collections for 10 years at LaCoste, before taking his current position as Creative Director at the well-known fashion house, Hermes.
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Sergio Davila was born in Peru and is a graduate from the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco. He began his career on the West Coast, but soon after his graduation in 2002, the excitement of his collections sent a wave toward the fashion houses in the East. Sergio is no stranger to the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. In 2009, he received the “Rising Star Award” and in 2010, he was nominated for the Best Menswear designer Award at the event. Sergio says that his collections were born out of creating designs that he wanted to wear. Obviously, by the response that he has received from the public, he is not the only one who is eager to wear his fashions.
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One outfit that immediately caught my eye on the runway was a black leather motorcycle jacket with matching leather pants. The jacket is a slim fit and sleek looking piece of outerwear that incorporates Bottega Veneta’s signature style of mixed media materials, which is evident in the color blocking that accents the jacket in blue at the collar, directly down the shoulder line, and continues in one line to the pant pockets. It gives what might be considered a classic “Biker” style, a modern urban twist.
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