Fashion Flashback: Spring/Summer 2013 Designer Disasters

Ludicrous Lace...JW Anderson's jumpsuit for men on the catwalk. Image: Vogue UK
Ludicrous Lace...JW Anderson's jumpsuit for men on the catwalk. Image: Vogue UK

Although we often put our trust in the world’s best fashion designers for inspiration when making our own wardrobes that extra bit stylish, they don’t always get it right, and there was certainly no shortage of hideous collaborations in the Spring/Summer ’13 men’s collection.

If you thought the outrageous combination of socks and sandals was reserved only for embarrassing dads on summer holidays, you thought wrong. The ‘trend’, as it is now being referred to as, is swarming catwalks across the globe.

Team those roman warrior-esque sandals with the finest pair of budgie smugglers you can find and a silk robe cinched at the waist with a gold plated belt and you are ensured to be one beach beauty, apparently anyway.

Grecian God?...This was Versace's key trend for Spring/Summer. Image: Vogue UK
Grecian God?…This was Versace’s key trend for Spring/Summer. Image: Vogue UK

But what do we know; surely the Italian multimillionaire designer Gianni Versace has greater trend awareness? And, possibly a time machine to travel back to ancient Greece to flaunt his wacky creation. Unfortunately, there are far worse trends in line for men this season.

If you are a woman and have always enjoyed the comfort of wearing your boyfriend’s clothes, but have been too ashamed to venture outside of the house in them, you need not worry anymore.

Taking metrosexuality to new, slightly nauseating heights is the craze for men wearing frilly dresses and skirts. It was first seen in the winter collections with this camel coloured number sported with a pair of black knee length boots and designed by the very talented Irish designer JW Anderson.

Ludicrous Lace...JW Anderson's jumpsuit for men on the catwalk. Image: Vogue UK
Ludicrous Lace…JW Anderson’s jumpsuit for men on the catwalk. Image: Vogue UK

Without a doubt turning heads at London’s Men’s Fashion Week catwalks, but I would hedge my bets by saying it wasn’t necessarily for all the right reasons.

The trend is extended to Spring/Summer collections with the addition of floral playsuits, revealing lace jumpsuits and hot pink numbers. Somehow, there is something sincerely wrong with such pasty, hairy legs modelling such a daring outfit. A word of advice: this trend is probably best left to those with cross-dressing inhibitions.

Pretty In Pink...this hot pink number was spotted on the front row. Image: Vogue UK.
Pretty In Pink…this hot pink number was spotted on the front row. Image: Vogue UK.

But ultimately, I think the unofficial award for the most hideous trend for men in Summer 2013 has to go to the metallic frenzy. This head-to-toe tinfoil look should be reserved for MC Hammer, and him alone. This 90s trend for metallic jackets and coordinating baggy tracksuit bottoms ultimately proves that some things are best being left in the past.

MC Hammer...Versace's design was reminiscent of a 90's rapper. Image: Vogue UK.
MC Hammer…Versace’s design was reminiscent of a 90’s rapper. Image: Vogue UK.

Thankfully though you will be pleased to know that the Summer wardrobe is not all doom and gloom. To find some more practical trends for Spring/Summer ’13- take note of geometric prints, short shorts, navy numbers and camouflage prints for clothes more likely to be available in your favourite high-street stores and less likely to end in a charge for indecent exposure.

Would you wear any of these trends in public? Let us know in the comments below…

1 Comment on Fashion Flashback: Spring/Summer 2013 Designer Disasters

  1. Certainly, trends can never be enjoyed by all and also, fashion designers like to shock. We,”the fashion consumers ” are watching the show and we can choose… I definitely prefer the clothes that fit my style.

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