For many fashion industry leaders, Style Fashion Week is synonymous with Los Angeles Fashion Week. The annual five-day fashion event includes runway presentations, red carpet extravaganzas, and industry events where members of the fashion community can connect. On Tuesday, I made the trek from San Francisco down Highway 5 to attend the Spring 2014 runway presentations by leading designers. The first presentation showcased looks by menswear designers Kenneth Chang and Civil Society.
Consort62 by Kenneth Chang opened the show on Tuesday evening with a combination of casual menswear and swimwear. Slouchy, soft sweaters with a deep v along the neckline paired beautifully with straight-leg pants in a dusty lilac. In the next moment, unexpected kilts made a statement in modern plaids. The overall theme felt relaxed and easy-chic, a sort of men’s solution to the female uniform of leggings and a tunic sweater. Men who have been avoiding the skinny-jean trend will embrace Chang’s choice of roomier silhouettes that still feel tailored.
Chang’s swimwear made a splash (sorry, couldn’t resist) with a tailored, European feel and colors that popped off the runway. Chang made the bold choice to completely eschew the much-favored knee-length swim trunks in favor of European-style, higher-cut pieces in bold pops of color. These suits were clearly designed with the modern man in mind who favors slim-fitting silhouettes and statement colors. American men, take note and broaden your horizons!
Following Kenneth Chang, Civil Society presented their men’s line. The collection opened with an array of neutral-colored ensembles before transitioning into punchy pops of persimmon and teal. Each piece was designed to dress up for the office or down for play, resulting in a versatile collection that the customer can tweak to suit his lifestyle. The classic trousers-and-an-oxford combo looked very weekend-ready with rolled cuffs and pale brogues without socks. Jaunty bow ties dotted the casual ensembles as a cheeky nod to tradition.