Most St Andreans dress well. This applies to both men and women. The recent surge of menswear fashion shows, with the latest inclusion of NY on the map, made me reflect on how progressive St Andrews men’s fashion actually is.
After being spoiled with Cruise and Resort collections, we’re enlightened by Couture. Couture has been around since ever, while Cruise and Resorts has managed to offer new delights rather than just attempting to keep the market interested. But what’s more interesting is the new spirit in fashion towards menswear. Whether it’s due to a higher demand or the emergence of gender fluidity in fashion, we can all rejoice for more exciting men’s fashion to come. Interested in fashion or not, we can devour the carbon copy of some of the finest style on the streets of St Andrews. I kid you not, I once saw a gentlemen in a JW Anderson sweater in the library…
Hedi Slimane has cemented slim-silhouette cool and the rest of Paris (if not the world) followed. This year, he brought a stronger bohemian touch to the collection, creating a more relaxed look. Emma Hager from Man Repeller summarised the collection perfectly: a translation of effortless skater-surfer California chill vibe.
Surf and skate in St Andrews? The perpetual winter and cobblestones do not stop some guys to do those things year-round. Believe it or not, they’ve done Saint Laurent Spring 2016 before Slimane.
Following in London’s step, New York has sparked some excitement; American menswear designers are getting more exposure and support. Tommy Hilfiger presented bold-bright coloured suits. This is nothing new to the gentlemen of St Andrews. Ralph Lauren did a classic collection with modern twist, perfectly tailored suits and modern rendition of 90s young American Ralph Lauren. Again, just go to one of the balls to see some David Gandy in Dolce. At those balls you’ll also see some fine gentlemen in matching ties, Thom Browne suggested matching suits.
Well done, guys. This is not to say that the girls aren’t in tune with fashion, just go to your lectures, Tesco or the library and see for yourself.
No pressure, freshers…