Friday, August 19, 2016

Ken's Eye View: Menswear F/W 2016 Trends Part 2

Classics with a twist! These are menswear trends my dolls can relate to. Sport coats, suits, daytime staples and evening looks, everything is simple, wearable but with a detail or two that makes it a stand-out style.  These are keepsake looks my guys enjoyed wearing as much as they did selecting.

City Slicker
Nothing like the sleek sheen of leather to bring out the best in a guy. We love the laid back look of leather jeans and a cashmere sweater....perhaps with a kimono slung over the shoulders. Also noteworthy: leather tunics and car coats.
Here, Atsushi pulls off a stunning, new version of great classic, the straight car coat. Inspired by Hermes, we used the same combination of leather/ short hair fur. The pattern is a basic straight coat with a simple shirt collar. The fur is used for the lower half coat front and one sleeve.

Hyde and Seek
This is a story of short fur jackets worn over straight trousers or slim jims. It doesn't matter the color, pattern or combination there of so long as the silhouette is simple and easy to wear.

You don't even have to buy fur to get the look. Here Sean's blazer was cut from panne velvet which has the look of shaved mink! Put it over jeans and stuff into high top boots and your dude doll has a classy look a la Giorgio Armani chic!

Leather Weather
 
Whether real or faux, patterned or smooth, consider adding a sporty leather top or jacket this fall to your doll's wardrobe. The best looking styles featured layered looks and patterned leather, straight trousers and novelty pants. Or go simple....a double breasted leather jacket works with everything.
 
Animal Magnitism
Long haired or short, pattern or monochromatic, dolly need a fur coat this winter to bring out his inner beast!!! The best looks team great big coats with slim pants or leggings.

Our guy Zak looks great in a big, shaggy faux lamb coat with hood. Underneath he's wearing a black sweater and faux stretch leather pants.

Days of Wine and Roses

But not all the news is limited to silhouette. Color is very important, especially when the color palette is rich in Bordeaux, eggplant and dusty rose. Think of using soft knits, chunky wools, even prints in these tones. Cut it wide, layer it on, keep it easy.

Velvet Underground

Velvet makes a come back for eveningwear. You can go with the traditional black, but consider other colors, as well. In this tableau, the guys are all decked out in the classic suit. One word of precaution: use velveteen or cotton velvet. It has the type of structure and body needed for a crisp, clean look. And don't forget to use interfacing on the front pattern pieces!

White Knights
In a look that could easily strut down a summer catwalk show, white is another hot color for winter. But here again, consider looks with layers, silhouettes that are wide and easy and fabrics with structure.
Loic insisted I make this jacket, inspired by Italian designer, Damir Doma. I chose an oyster white heavy silk for the jacket so that it wouldn't resemble a lab coat. It is a simple garment with front panels that crisscross the front of the torso and is belted in place. I cut the trousers a bit wide to contrast the stiff structure of jacket.



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14 comments:

  1. These guys look so stylish in their jackets. I love it!

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    1. Thank you, Jaye. My guys are really happy with their new clothes as well!

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  2. I like some of the looks of the Leather Weather section, and I really like burgundy tones. I'm not really sure about velvet, it looks kind of old fashioned to me.

    You are very good when it comes to analyze fashion and make replicas. Have you ever thought of analyzing iconic fashion styles from movies and TV shows? I would find it very interesting.

    Cheers!

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    1. Thank you, M-C. Velveteen is a little like corduroy...it goes in and out of style, though there is a bit of a "vintage" look to it. Costumes in films or TV are either based on either current fashion or period (historical) styles. I'm more interested in the present and less in clothing from bygone eras unless they have become iconic fashion (Chanel suits for example). I guess it's because, I tend to reproduce clothes that represent my inner fashionista that me or my friends would wear.

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  3. Your boys look like real models in their amazing jackets. :-) they are so handsome... ;-) mMMMmmmmMMM :-) They are lucky, because they have great stylist like you ;-)

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    1. LOL!!! The Asian doll looks so real, after I posted his photo on Instagram, a few (real) models and (human) clothing companies began following me. I take that as a real compliment. Thank you!!

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  4. Znowu mnie pozytywnie zaskoczyłaś! Fantastyczne ubrania dla mężczyzn! Doskonale skrojone, uszyte z pomysłowych materiałów! Bardzo mi się podobają! Świetne, modne, luźne stroje!
    Pozdrawiam serdecznie!

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    1. Olla wrote: You surprised me again positively ! Fantastic clothes for men ! Perfectly cut , sewn with imaginative materials ! I like them very much! Great , fashionable , loose clothes !
      Best wishes!
      Thank you Olla, for your kind words. I think the original fashions are quite lovely which makes it easy to construct some gorgeous things for my male dolls. Happy you enjoyed this post.

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  5. The men's line looks so modern and almost futuristic. I do like the motorcycle jacket.

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    1. Brini, there were seasons where I really didn't like what I saw on the menswear catwalks. So when I saw these styles, I really fell in love with them and the way they make men (or in this case, my dude dolls) look. If I had more leather and more time, I'd like to explore more of the leather looks as well.

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  6. if only menswear are this great for male dolls... fabulous pictures hehehe

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    1. Thank you AiS. Ahhhhh...In the world of dolls....menswear CAN be this great for male dolls! (In four of these photos, my dude dolls wear 1/6 scale dolly designer copies!)

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  7. Whoa, these are some dapper dudes1 They've totally got that high fashion look. Your guys are lucky that you've got them some fashionable threads ;-)

    Me, though, I like the motorcycle jackets but not the leggings. Leggings seem so bare ... lol.

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    1. Thank you, D7ana. I've been ignoring the boys for awhile, so I after all the clothes for the girls, I had to come up with the goods for them. With this post, I was also thinking ahead for the Christmas holidays when the guys need to be dressed properly next to the ladies. There are lots of menswear trends I really don't like. Leggings are one, narrow pants rolled up over the ankles and flowery prints are two others. That said, I do try to keep an open mind because it is a new era and sometimes the dolls help me accept new looks.

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