They say what real men wear pink.
I have absolutely no idea who 'They' are, but it seems that designers for 2013 agree. Championing the likes of fuschia, salmon or cerise, there is a calling being made for it to be reclaimed as the colour of and for the masculine. There has always been the ubiquitous law of 'boy=blue girl=pink', but who really cares for tradition? The world, and its clothing, is changing and colour is finally catching up.
On the runways...
E. Tautz (left) sprinkled pops of pink all across his demure show of dramatic, elongated figures. Pink is used behind a stern, tailored background in the form of adventurous capes. A marriage of Savile Row tailoring and bold modern dashes; the hot fuschia provides a strong Spring impact. Obviously, not all guys would be audacious enough to wear such a daring garment, but the use of a striking pink against a black silhouette should be taken to mind.
Michael Bastian (right) presents a more Riverian aesthetic of matte pink hues beside natural neutrals. The lightweight fabrics combined with this simple pink is an easy combination to champion, paired with shorts, and an effortless Ivy League look can be achieved. More Abercrombie-chic, this balance of not too brash tones is perfect for the Spring/Summer.
On the high-street:
Pink has always been the drop-stitch of the male spectrum; shunned, shamed and stigmatised. But M&S's Spring wear showcases that pink is being stitched back into the common man's wardrobe. Whether chosen as a statement or minimal accent, the colour pink is blooming; as it is on the masculine David Gandy. Lighter shades of pink are a great option for when the sun's rays pierce the gloomy skies, just think Gandy, anchor pink with basics. Simples.
The Great Gatsby:
"His gorgeous pink rag of a suit made a bright spot of color against the white steps..." - The Great Gatsby.
The pastel pink suit. It's a major faux-pas but it's a fantastic example of how men shouldn't be fleeing from the delicate, pastel colours. Jay Gatsby (left) at his finest, creamy, three pieced suits that despite the pink screams dapper. Hackett London's (right) collection, an obvious nod to the Gatsby twenties, sees pastely pinks paired with flashy black silks. The pink is light enough to not scream My Little Pony, instead evoking elegance cut for drinking martinis on West Egg. Surprise, tan skin looks great under muted tones.
Like they say, real men wear pink. While I'm not too sure if you can find 'fake' men, 2013 is - from what we've seen so far - offering guys the anticipated opportunity to finally bloom as Spring itself is doing. One colour at a time.
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