Designers Yohji Yamamoto, Junya Watanabe, and Jean Paul Gaultier were seeing the world in sepia tone for inspiration for their Spring 2011 menswear collection — but why the digression from reality? Were they fantasizing about tales of the vagrants penned by Western authors like Owen Wister and Zane Grey, or were they thinking of hypothetical situations at an eighteenth century gentlemen’s club after-party? Between you and me, we think it’s all of the above.
Now we’re not talking about a stampede of tumbleweeds or hound dogs ruling the runways — though that would be something new. The trio launched an army of brooding men down the runway, and what we can’t get off our minds is the parade of Hungarian mustaches, greasy side sweeps and powdered wigs — wait, powdered wigs, really?? And we pair that with what? Oh, of course, the buckled loafers.
In commenting on the direction of his fall men’s line, Yamamoto told Style.com:
“I think current fashion is too American. It’s T-shirts and shorts all the time. I think we need some proper elegance to enhance the atmosphere a bit.”
But does this so-called “elegance” translate to white horse carriages and barrel saloons? How about a good, old-fashioned tête-à-tête with the boys to discuss current world problems? Well, at least it’d advocate intelligence. In untucked button-ups, double-breasted tiered coats, and English floral best suited on the curtains of a prime minister’s abode, we can’t blame potential trend-hoppers for feeling a little too out of time in their look.
Unfortunately, according to Vice magazine’s infamous Do’s and Don’t section, looks like the designers are the ones behind the time as the comeback has already been done. But hey, let’s say this actually does take off among the more fashionably refined crowd. Could you imagine all of New York’s hottest nightclubs transforming their chrome-lined rooms into the inside of the Athenaeum Club circa 1780? We can only hope for the opposite.
Check out our gallery to get a better sense of this trend:
[images via Style.com]