And the fashion forecast is – drop crotch trousers
Published 15/12/2011 | 07:53
HE'S been teased about his fashion style -- in particular his penchant for super-skinny, colourful trousers.
But next season, many of Kerry GAA star and clothes fiend Paul Galvin's wardrobe staples feature heavily in the fashion forward clothing collections -- starting with the drop-crotch trouser.
Cynics labelled them droopy drawers after they hit the Paris catwalks but, next season, Arnotts menswear department are stocking no fewer than three different brands of drop crotch look from JC Rags, Diesel and G-Star.
And Irish men, who nervously shy away from Mediterranean-hued trousers, can think again because Galvin's fondness for terracotta and oxblood chinos is a menswear trend that cannot be ignored next year .
It's so strong that fashion forecasters predict it will run into AW 2012 as well.
"We are pushing colour out and we feel Irish guys are ready for it," said Valerie O'Neill, menswear and childrenswear buyer at Arnotts.
"Colourful chinos and denims is such a strong menswear trend for 2012 , every brand is doing it and we feel oxblood is a colour that the Irish guy will feel is manly," she said.
True aficionados would never confuse Diesel's take on the drop-crotch jean with the man's harem pants.
"It is low rise, easy on the thigh, tapered in at the end," explained Valerie.
"You see it a lot in continental Europe and it is a real fashion statement."
The man-about-town looks modelled yesterday at the SS12 press day featured a structured Austin Reed blazer with leather detail on the lapel and a colourful trim of blue gingham beneath.
The layered look included a Fred Perry zip-through sweatshirt and was finished off with Polo Ralph Lauren high-top canvas sneakers.
To the uninitiated, the trend is being hailed as city sportif where you mix structured jackets with sporting apparel like zip through tops like Adidas Original or EA7.
"The look has inspired by the forthcoming London Olympics, merging classic tailoring with fine gauge knits or zipped through sweaters, and we are teaming it with the dropped crotch jean, which is fashion forward," said Valerie.
However, she conceded that while tailored jackets are very strong, "it is going to take someone brave to wear a shorts suit but we actually feel strongly that we should be showing it today."
Fans of striped seersucker jackets won't have to look further than Magees.
"It is good to see an Irish brand doing something a little different," said the buyer at Arnotts.
And any Irish men who were smitten by those sharp navys worn by US president Barack Obama will no doubt be interested in the new 'hot' colour in tailoring next season.
Unveiled as a "rich blue", the colour is a shade brighter than the more traditional French navy.
Very 'Mad Men' in my book, it is welcomed for "giving a spring feel to a fashion palette that is predominately black, navy or grey".