Jonathan Saunders Menswear A/W 2012

Having spent the last few days working in London with the amazing, multitalented stylist, creative director and fashion editor of beige magazine Kristine Kilty (told you she was multitalented!) I have developed a new passion for menswear. Menswear collections attracted my attention in June when the first ever London Fashion Week for men took place, and contributing to the menswear fashion section at beige has rejuvenated my interest in menswear collections once again.

Paris Fashion Week has just commenced, but the Jonathan Saunders collection for A/W 2012 is just so good I had to write about it NOW. For beige and for my blog. Enjoy the brief review and selection of look book images below!

Menswear designers have seen the light. Gone are the dark days of autumn/winter menswear synonymous with black and grey; when navy might have be worn at a push and red was considered ‘brave’. Thankfully, colour is now an influential source of inspiration for many menswear designers, with many eye-catching colourful collections emerging for A/W 2012.

Jonathan Saunders first standalone A/W menswear collection presented in Milan exemplifies how vibrant prints and vivid colour can combine to capture the essence of bold yet understated masculinity. Inspired by colours in the 1985 issue of French Vogue guest-edited by David Hockney, Saunders’ modish palette juxtaposes rich autumnal hues and pale pastel shades. Mixing deep claret and ochre with sky blue, chamomile lotion pink and vibrant hints of acid green and yellow may seem audacious; it is. But as Saunders has proved, it’s genius.


Looking to men that wore colour yet appear masculine, the likes of Mick Jagger and George Harrison inspired the retro feel of the collection, and the nostalgic, slim-line silhouettes are largely inspired by the furniture designs of Le Corbusier associate Charlotte Perriand. Although colour and print are the focal point of the collection, cut, shape and tailoring should not be overlooked. From thick woven jumpers and graphic print shirts to quilted bomber jackets and slim pleat trousers, every piece is effortlessly structured and beautifully finished.
Stand out pieces of the collection include a statement coat made from intricate 3D concertina effect fabric and a mélange suit tailored in a mottled style weave pattern that your eyes can’t help but to be attracted to. Experimental but ultimately wearable, this is a collection that every man will want to wear.


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