Spring 2012 Peep: Men’s Designers Share Inspirations

Here come the collections, and with them a look at what we can expect from the men’s designers during New York Fashion Week.

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Men'sWeek issue 09/01/2011

“A new direction of silhouettes for men.”

— Robert Geller

This story first appeared in the September 1, 2011 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

“The Brady Bunch go to Hawaii.”

— Michael Bastian, Gant by Michael Bastian

“The Rochambeau collection for spring/summer 2012 is inspired by the inimitable environment of New York City. The highs and the lows. The hustle of the city and the beauty in its darkness.”

— Laurence Chandler and Joshua Cooper, Rochambeau

“The spring ’12 collection is inspired by the French film ‘Un Prophète’ featuring Tahar Rahim playing a young French-Maghreb.”

— Tim Coppens

“España Modernista”

— Parke Lutter and Ronen Jehezkel, Parke & Ronen

“I was guided by the term ‘elevated simplicity’ that Fernand Deligny used to base his 1971 film ‘The Slightest Gesture.’ I also enjoyed recycling an inspiration 40 years later and apply it to a different field.”

— Lucio Castro

“Urban graphicism.”

— Maria Cornejo, Zero + Maria Cornejo

“This season we’re set to further explore our South American heritage. Pulling inspiration from Mayan, Incan and Aztec culture and blending it with classic utilitarian workwear, we’ve created a modern twist on the basics, the product of combining ethnic vibrancy with utility for the contemporary man.”

— Carlos Campos

“Basquiat on the beach.”

— Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein, Timo Weiland

“There is a feeling of revival for the American songwriter, that for me brings to mind the lost days of Laurel Canyon. That spirit seems very much alive today — folks from L.A., New York, Muscle Shoals, Austin and Nashville are blending together to make some incredible new music. These folks has been in the background, and our thoughts, this season.”

— Billy Reid

“I was inspired this season by the Henri-Georges Clouzot’s documentary of Picasso — the way he captured the creativity of Picasso’s work is mesmerizing. I loved the idea of Picasso in his studio, creating the most beautiful, modern art, surrounded by wild African masks and ancient pottery.”

— Yigal Azrouël

“An American safari in the Painted Desert.”

— John Crocco, Perry Ellis

“A story of how a sound, a style and an attitude was able to transcend boundaries, and evoke movements that are still relevant and alive today.”

— Carlos Goncalves, Paulo Goncalves, Sam Fayed, Liam Fayed and James Fayed, Bespoken

“The Simon Spurr spring 2012 collection continues to pursue its architectural lines and modern aesthetic through the juxtaposition of graphic dazzle camouflage and its fresh interpretation of country estate dress codes.”

— Simon Spurr

“Timeless style of the Fifties and Sixties American movie icons. Classic, tried and true American sportswear with modern contemporary style.”

— Donna Karan, DKNY Men

“Interplaying of classic and technological.”

— Diesel Black Gold creative team

“‘SMASH IT UP!’ harnesses all of the Copperwheat energy into a distilled mix of high contrast: creating an arresting visualization of beautifully tailored, artistically printed, incredibly wearable clothes.”

— Lee and Ben Copperwheat, Copperwheat

“Richard Chai spring 2012.”

— Richard Chai

“We built on what we’ve been doing for the past couple of seasons, taking cues from the past and classic men’s wear. For spring we used a lot more color than in previous seasons, taking inspiration in part from the washed-out palette and East Coast sensibility of Fairfield Porter paintings.”

— Frank Muytjens, J. Crew Men’s

“The futuristic, concrete landscape of the skateboard park at Pier 62 in New York and the French Riviera-inspired romance in Picasso’s 1928 painting ‘Bathers with Beach Ball.’”

— Luis Fernandez, Number:Lab

“Preppy adventurers.”

— Tommy Hilfiger

“Garçons de la plage.”

— Bumsuk Choi, General Idea

“For SS12, I pulled my inspiration from New York City. In the collection, you will find references to the structure and buildings of New York seen the through the eyes of photographers like Jacob Riis and Lewis Hine. The collection is simplistic in design yet has bold construction and timeless styling.”

— Andrew Buckler, Buckler

“We dropped the top of the truck and cruised up the California coast from Malibu, surfing Big Sur, capturing the vintage Cali-prep of Monterey and hanging with the water men of Tomales Bay. The American Coast continues to inspire our classic, active, nautical style.”

— Chris Cox, Nautica

“I was looking at Daniel Buren stripe compositions and color palates of Paul Klee paintings, mashed up with Seventies Polaroids and photographs from sun-drenched Southern California. Days of early skateboarding. Long bleached out hair and tan skin.”

— Paul Marlow, Loden Dager

“We will make screen images in 3-D!”

— Daisuke Obana, N.Hoolywood


— Siki Im

“James Dean for a day.”

— Michael Bastian

“A duality or hybrid of sartorial old school elegance mixed with skate and street proportions creating a youthful chic look reminiscent of classic men’s dress with a cool and elegant twist.”

— Antonio Azzuolo

“New York City and the 10 years I’ve spent living here.”

— Patrik Ervell

“Clean masculine fun — a Duckie afternoon.”

— Steven Cox and Daniel Silver, Duckie Brown

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