Alright, this post along with a couple of upcoming ones are long overdue. But if you’re already here, do NOT leave because I promise you they are relevant today, tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, this time next year, the year after next…Eternally relevant would be an apt description.
As you probably know, the menswear shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris occurred in January. However, I jetted off to Europe just when things were in full swing. A slew of images and notes are lying on my desktop, waiting to be blogged about. So, let’s have at it.
Now, let me ask you: #1. How many scarves do you own?, and #2. How many ways to wear a scarf do you know?
I hope you’re not ashamed of your answers because I really am of mine– 15 freaking scarves and 1 way.
Fret no more, ladies and gents because here are 12 lessons straight from the menswear runaway this season.
1. In 2009-ish, the phrase “too big to fail” was coined to describe some financial institutions that can NOT go bankrupt under any circumstance due to their size and impact on the economy. In 2014, the phrase “too easy to fall” has been coined by The Confused Dasher to describe the-stylishly-cool-but-impossible-to-pull-off-in-real-life way to wear a scarf as seen on the runaway of Michael Bastian, Berluti, Burberry and Louis Vuitton. Even a breeze would manage to sweep the scarf off our neck. LOL. 2. We already have to deal with a never-ending list of decisions to make every single day, so it’s never a good idea to add one as trivial as how we’re going to wear a scarf in the morning to the list. I believe the designers and stylists at Berluti, Bottega Veneta, Canali, Etro and Hermes were having the same thought because all they want us to do is to literally hang it around our neck. Cakewalk, right? Wearing it inside or outside your coat is your call. 3. Zegna and Lanvin show us how to wear a long, skinny scarf in a very dangerous fashion. Cross one end of the scarf over neck and shoulder and leave the other end, preferably the longer end, hang down freely in the front. We have to be ten times more careful here, though because we could die a premature, painful, public and ridiculous death if that long end get strapped in an elevator or subway train and subsequently strangle our necks. LOL. If you still insist on wearing yours on one side, may I suggest you the Saint Laurent way? Slightly less warm but significantly safer. 4. The idea that a lot of us do live in cold weather and scarves exist to shield us from the cold seems to be reinforced at Michael Bastian, Phillip Plein, J Crew, Roberto Cavalli. Wrap the scarf around neck a couple of times and knot it, and you are all set to head out. Easy yet still stylish, that is what I’d call a balance on fashion and function. But if you want to take fashion and function to the next level, then take a cue from Rick Owens. Basically, you wear it Saint Laurent way but with a wide and medium-length scarf, the lower half of your face is also protected. Win-win situation. 5. A few more practical ways to wear scarves during fall and winter, courtesy of Jonathan Saunders, Mark McNairy, Margaret Howell, and Paul Smith. The Jonathan Saunders’ color-block scarf is quite eye-catching, don’t you think? 6. Lastly, the most romantic ways to tie a scarf presented by Haider Ackermann. While I can’t instruct you how to replicate these styles because hello, I’m just like you and looking at the screen, what I can do is to direct you to this excellent article on the WSJ about Ackermann himself and his romantic fashion ideologies. Guarantee the time spent reading it will be more worthwhile than time spent standing in front of the mirror and figuring it out. Image via Style.com