Milan Men’s Fashion Week: 2012 Trend Report

Hey, pouty!  So, you did not make it to this year’s Milan Men’s Fashion Week…  You missed all the shows, after parties, mingling with celebrities, the delicious food (and drinks), and all that comes with an event of this caliber?

Get over it!  You saved yourself some Euros that you can now put towards a brand new wardrobe, sans hangover.  So, to update your new wardrobe, this is what will be trending at the show.  Now, this is something you should not miss and must have!

Alexander McQueen. Fitted with extra attention to details!

Canali.  Bring out your inner modern dapper. Double-breasted, check! Ticket pocket, check! Cuffed pants, check! Superb, double check!

Brioni.  Colorful, hell yeah! It’s not like we haven’t been begging you to splash your closet with color for sometime now…

Emporio Armani. This seems like a fantastic spring trend. Double-breasted jacket & shorts. We most definitely can’t wait!

Gucci. Did we say color? Yes, color! Patterns! Get out there, out loud!

Roberto Cavalli. Okay, yes, we said color. Now, don’t overdo it! There is a very thin line between awesome and… Well, not so much.

Z Zegna. Across the thin line… An abomination.

Moschino. Built-in cummerbund, denim shirt, bow tie, sneakers, pocket square? No comments, our brains are still processing such a disaster!

Ports 1961. Hands down, the Spring 2013 menswear trend we can’t wait for! Jacket & shorts!

PS, just for the record. Don’t you ever wear this, even on Halloween! What happened, Moschino?!

What’s Your Look and What Does it Say?

Remember how we talked so much about the power of your image?  How people make quick and lasting assumptions based on what they first see?  A very talented guy that doesn’t look ready for a promotion based on his horrible suit…  A young man trapped in his college years, who might be very capable, but comes off as unreliable.  A very smart person that is not so smart, since he always looks so preppy.  Don’t get stuck with the wrong character!  …Unless you want to role play, and be a bad boy rocker for the night to get some extra attention from the females!

The True Gentleman

This guy looks sharp even in his PJs.  The epitome of a “gentleman,” the highest tier of manhood.  From his fabric and color choices to his always classic accessories, this is as good as it gets.  His spruce and stylish look is a true representation of everything he is and does, always number one!

Who’s That Punk?

Let’s face it, he is out there prowling for his next heart to break, and he will find plenty of girls willing to give it to him.  His black jeans and T-shirt, in combination with his Harness Fry boots, creates his mysterious, rocker look.  Thanks goodness he goes with the wind, so he wont stick around for long.

Swanky, Preppy and Ultra Cool

This guy loves fashion, and he is not shy about letting everyone know about i.  Très sartorial, always looking to push the envelope, he is young and gets away with being young while getting the respect of someone twice his age.  He will wear that great suit fabric you wish you had the, well, courage to wear.  Needless to say, this look opens all kinds of doors.  He might not be the brightest bulb, but indeed, he is the savviest!

Old Corporate

This specimen, hopefully soon to be extinct, usually comes with the worst, unfitted, outdated suit (because of work, you know?).  In his mind, the bad pant pleats are probably part of the dress code, too!  In general. his whole wardrobe is a mess, yet he still wonders why he doesn’t get that promotion.  What can a nice suit do?  It can erase that incompetent look.

John Smith

His look is fitted, somewhat up to date and is just flat-out boring.  You’ve got to figure that you can only do so much with a pair of khakis and shirts in a three color palette range.  Let us tell you something pal, besides boring, that look comes with a big tag that says “lack of creativity.”  Not a good thing to spot, especially when looking for a job.

Let’s Be Friends (Neo-Hipster)

Ah, this kid.  Left his brain, and probably his heart, in college.  Basically a low-rent version of all those way-too-genre-savvy-for-their-own-good kids in Williamsburg, he still wears those funny saying and cartoon heroes T-shirts with jeans and sneakers.  Because his brain is still somewhere in college, this kid is not stressed, he is chilling all the time.  The girls love him.  He is nice, sweet, almost always very funny, approachable…  Harmless.  The perfect friend, and he will always be just that until he finally mans up and throws his whole wardrobe away.  This look is just unreliable.

Special Entry: The Reformed Nerd

Sitting somewhere in a demilitarized zone between formal and casual, this fellow found his confidence and sense of style later than most, and it shows.  Part hipster, part preppy, part “John Smith,” part gentleman, he favors dark colors and sleek lines, but probably dresses a bit too young for his age.  He also probably needs to loosen up a bit!  Open up those collars, man, you aren’t in church!  But he’s come a long way from the Super Nintendo T-shirt days, and thanks to that old streak of nerdiness, actually knows how to polish his shoes and color coordinate, and for that, we salute him!

Happy Father’s Day

If you have “sartorialness” in your blood, you can probably thank your dad, grandpa, your favorite uncle and all those important men in your life. After all, we all know, eventually what we follow are the actions of our father, not his advice! This Father’s Day, remember to thank dad for always leaving the house looking like the respectable man you now are.

You could start by thanking dads everywhere this way…

For those of you with a dad of impeccable taste, the gift of custom clothes is always the perfect choice! To magnify the experience, think of something that can make it even more memorable, like a jacket with the colors of his favorite football team, or get sappy and add a know to a custom shirt that reads “so that I’m always close to your heart” (this last one will earn you major points if you have been playing black sheep for a while).

Now, we know we all have different dads, so here are some gift ideas for some of the most difficult-to-buy-for of them! Happy Father’s Day!

The Cooking Dad.

Maverick Ready-Check Remote Cooking Thermometer & Timer

Dinner’s ready! Know when your meats are perfectly cooked with this remote-controlled thermometer. Its wireless transmitter works from up to 100 feet away, so he can mingle and enjoy the cookout, too!

While you’re at it, help him brand his masterpiece…

BBQ Branding Iron

This stainless steel branding iron is the perfect finishing touch for a steak “well done.” Just place the face of the iron on hot coals and brand a steak minutes before serving. The iron is personalized with any three initials.

The Adventurous Dad

Adventure Gifts

Cloud 9 Living offers 1,700+ adventure gifts. With experiences ranging from rock climbing, whitewater rafting and mountain biking to stock car racing, hang gliding and scenic helicopter and plane tours.

Mr. Dad

Trunk-it Golf Gear Case

What a mess, 500 tees everywhere. Good to see my four-dozen Pro V1s rolling around! Whoops, there’s only one shoe back here… And where is my sunblock?! Ever roll into the parking lot with this scene unfolding? This beauty can easily organize this messy situation.

The Geek Dad

X Cooper Wireless Game Rocker Chair

Sit comfortably for hours playing your favorite video games on the X Cooper Wireless Game Chair. The chair’s design lets you tilt and swivel as you play, and because it’s wireless, you can move it into a position for optimal viewing. This durable vinyl chair features armrests that fold up for convenience, and speakers inside the chair to give you the full sensory experience.

The Sports Fan Dad

Microbrew of the Month Club

Gift recipients receive 12 bottles of premium microbrews (4 different kinds) every month from award-winning breweries nationwide. Did someone say “game day”?

The Dad Who Has it All

No worries, add to his collection, then!

The Rolex Sky-Dweller Watch should do the trick. This unique timepiece features an inner ring that keeps track of the time at home, with traditional hour, minute, and second hands for local time, an advanced date function that knows the difference between 30 and 31-day months, and a ring command bezel that lets you quickly and easily choose.


You know our dear ladies love a man in uniform, and that also applies for major sports athletes.  Some of our ladyfriends daydream off and on about them in the off-season, but mostly, they never get to see or hear from them until they’re back in uniform for the new season (unless A-Rod dating yet another Hollywood goddess).  So we snooped around a bit to see what they look like when they get to pick an outfit all on their own.

The results are surprising, ranging from “ultra swanky” to “I don’t have a style of my own yet” to even…  Well…  “Boring”!  Here are some of those dudes in our favorite (and not so favorite) clothes.

Mr. Dad! This guy is all about the professional, classic, put together look! Kudos, Eli!

Dwyane Wade: always chilling out. This guy is all about having a good time!

Trendy, he is enjoying the extra attention from the media and the ladies. His wardrobe has definitely stepped up to meet his celebrity status. Keep it up, Tebow!

Mark Sanchez is Mr. Nice Guy. He definitely has the look of being approachable. You think he is taking advantage of it?

Manny Ramirez: no words for this. We’re just going to say that matching your shirt to your lady’s outfit in such a way should be an offense allowed only for prom night.

Kobe Bryant is way too cool! He definitely has a bit of that “chill” West Coast thing going on. Other than that, his “I’m way too cool” reputation precedes him even off court.

Dustin Brown, the Guy Next Door. Dude, if you sat next to us in the Subway, we wouldn’t even see you there. It won’t hurt anyone to spice up the wardrobe just a tiny bit.

Robert Griffin III. We hope you find your style, or at least a great stylist, ASAP! From the horrible tux for your “Late Show” appearance to suits and knits more suitable for a 60-year-old man we don’t know. We think the most impressive thing you’ve worn are the nice socks, and not in a sartorial way, more like for the empowering message. Get to your homework, Rob!

Tom Brady is très chic. We guess these are the duties and responsibilities of having a supermodel wife.

A-Rod is hip. This guy really has the New York nightlife all covered!