January 4, 1985 |
Two well-known designers of menswear express varying opinions on what's right today in the following interviews reported by Fashion85 staff writers Betty Goodwin and Mary Rourke. At the opposite end of the men's fashion pendulum is Ermenegildo Zegna, whose design tastes are rich--as in $500 sport coats--but not gaudy. No fuchsia bikinis. No graphic sweaters. He shows subtle plaid jackets and contrasting plaid pants in tone-on-tone natural colors.
July 22, 1988 |
There was a heat wave in Milan during the recent menswear collections for spring 1989, not only on the street where temperatures hovered in the 90s but at the Fiera di Milano where the Byblos boys, Keith Varty and Alan Cleaver, showed their hot, hot, "heat wave"-themed collection.
March 28, 1996 |
The significant other in your life goes to his closet for his favorite blazer and slacks and they're not there. He sees you leaving the house in something that looks uncomfortably similar. What's going on? Beginning with Katharine Hepburn's tailored trousers and continuing with Donna Karan's so-called Boyfriend Jacket--inspired by a loose, structured blazer in her husband's wardrobe--the allure of men's haberdashery has been a not-so-well-kept secret.
January 17, 1994 |
The recent turn of women's fashion toward the dark side--burlap dresses, exposed bosoms, tear-away shifts--has many people looking for light. The women's wear designers seem lost, but maybe the minds behind menswear have something to offer. That was the hope late last week at the Biltmore in downtown Los Angeles as the Fashion Assn. put on fashion shows, panel discussions and chalk talks about the glory of spring and summer menswear for the nation's fashion press.
March 17, 1989 |
To her right and left were rooms filled with fall menswear in delicious shades of honey, grape, cranberry, burnt orange and mustard--all of which prompted Elyse Kroll to think pink. "Ten years ago pink wasn't acceptable, color wasn't acceptable.
August 29, 1986 |
Back in 1884, Lewis Tomlin saw the virtues of selling cozy underwear to the English. Fascinated by the findings of Gustav Jaeger, a German professor who posited the benefits of wearing wool next to the skin, Tomlin opened the first Jaeger shop in London and soon had the likes of Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw and Henry Morton Stanley caught up in his woolen undies cult.
January 25, 1991 |
If menswear designers have their way this spring, American men will be dressed in "kinder, gentler" fashions; clothes that wear gentler and are kinder to the wallet. At the annual Men's Fashion Assn. gathering in Los Angeles last weekend, structured suits and coordinated sportswear gave way to "softly constructed" business clothing and mix-and-match separates.
August 10, 1990 |
Ever since Milanese designer Giorgio Armani unveiled his "soft" approach to menswear several seasons ago, designers on both shores have rallied around featherweight fabrics such as silk and rayon to achieve a similar look.
August 2, 1993 |
Boy George's painted toenails were a big deal in Calvin Klein's front row. The Hare Krishnas on John Bartlett's runway looked mysterious and chic, but you still wouldn't want them to bother you at the airport. And, then there was that fashion photographer who turned up at Donna Karan's menswear show with the sleeves ripped out of his blazer and safety-pinned back on. He grabbed some attention, dressed like a jerk.