When thinking about men’s shirts, it comes immediately to mind the image of a rather rigorous piece of the male wardrobe, often reserved to complement a work suit, in a crisp white, famous Oxford blue or thin stripes. Observing the Spring-Summer 2018 catwalks, however, this cliché gets wiped out in an instant to make way to anything but trivial styles, especially in terms of prints. These are, in fact, the real stars of the season. Flowers, graphic prints and bold colours invade classics or original styles.
As on Balenciaga runway, where abstract patterned shirts and revisited floral Hawaiian prints become the protagonists next to patchwork trousers. The Hawaiian Islands are also a source of inspiration for other brands. Dsquared2 brings to the catwalk a revised and modified version of Marlon Brando in the film The Wild One, where he sports with ease Hawaiian shirts, as well as N°21, where Hibiscus flowers and surfer postcards make an appearance.
Flowers also rule in the Dries Van Noten collection, this time in a decorative tapestry style that prefers delicate nuances and precious embroidery. Versace and Dolce & Gabbana look at the past with Baroque prints that bring together masks and elements of ancient Greece, optical graphics, hyperrealistic flowers, playing cards and exotic animals. Creating an aesthetic mix that winks at a Horror Vacui of yesteryear.
Opposite direction, finally, for Marni that reinvents the shirt by proposing asymmetrical and original styles through a naïf, spectacular patchwork.