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Men’s Fashion over the past century has evolved dramatically through each decade. Mode Studios has produced a 2 minute video where they have dressed a male model with each iconic look from each of the decades, starting from 1915. With a slight humorous touch, the male model reminds us of the ‘sharp suits and spiffy hats’ from the 20’s to 50’s and some of the “more unfortunate looks that became popular for men” between the 60’s and 90’s. You can watch their video on YouTube http://youtu.be/DaSkMWVlFUU. The artists from Mode are dressed in black as they step into the spot light of the short film dressing and undressing the male model.beckham1

And so this got me thinking, men’s fashion over the years almost struck itself down removing the sophisticated tailored suit to baggy jeans and polo shirts. This year we now see a climb back to straight cut, formal attire grabbing every woman’s attention, and of course every woman loves a well dressed man.

Within this year’s man’s fashion industry trends, David Beckham and Marc Jacobs are two of the few influences towards a new sophisticated look. Swedish retailer H&M has partnered with the footballing legend and has brought out its new Spring Modern Essentials and calling it the ‘Capsule Collection’.

“The Capsule line features all of the casual and smart cornerstones of the contemporary man’s wardrobe in a fresh pallets of white, navy, oatmeal melange and black, with highlights of powder blue and dusty pink- these are high quality, versatile and tibeckham3 (1)meless staples that can be mixed and matched to produce effortlessly stylish looks for SS15 and beyond” (O’Connor 2015).

Marc Jacobs’s collections of men’s wear stick to the nicely ironed fitted and classy suit with the occasional casual knit or printed pattern shirt. But the only question on my mind is why pink flamingos?

“Jacobs seemed to rediscover mid-century men’s elegance, apparently nostalgic for that halcyon heyday of made-to-measure tailoring, cocktail attire, and vacation wardrobes” (Carter 2014).

Men’s fashion does have some questioning aspects within history, mostly turning towards the idea of ‘the only men interested in fashion are the flamboyant ones’, but I feel this is not the case. As much as women love their little black dress and high heels men have always desired to dress within similar matching styles as their female partners. The sophisticated looks of
mid-century fashion have carried though to today, where men are now looking for that timeless piece to own and wear for centuries to come.

References

Carter, Lee 2014. Spring 2015 Menswear Marc Jacobs, style.com, viewed 20 August 2015, http://www.style.com/fashion-shows/spring-2015-menswear/marc-jacobs

Grossman, Samantha 2015, Watch Hundred Years of Men’s Fashion in Under Three Minutes, Time, viewed 18 August 2015, http://time.com/3951291/100-years-mens-fashion/

Jones, Ben 2015. 2014 Trends To Keep, Fashion Beans, viewed 18 August 2015, http://www.fashionbeans.com/2015/5-mens-fashion-trends-to-keep-for-2015/

MODE.com, 2015. 100 Years of Fashion in 2 Minutes, YouTube, viewed 18 August 2015, http://youtu.be/DaSkMWVlFUU

O’Connor, Cillian 2015. H&M Modern Essentials Selected By David Beckham, Fashion Beans, viewed 20 August 2015, http://www.fashionbeans.com/2015/hm-modern-essentials-selected-by-david-beckham/

Images

Images 1. 2. 3. & 4.
Carter, Lee 2014. Spring 2015 Menswear Marc Jacobs, style.com, viewed 20 August 2015, http://www.style.com/fashion-shows/spring-2015-menswear/marc-jacobs

Images 5. & 6.
O’Connor, Cillian 2015. H&M Modern Essentials Selected By David Beckham, Fashion Beans, viewed 20 August 2015, http://www.fashionbeans.com/2015/hm-modern-essentials-selected-by-david-beckham/

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