Top 6 Fashion Designers Worth Knowing

Men’s fashion is constantly evolving and so are designers. It’s not uncommon to find modern fashion taking inspiration from classical and often established and innovative looks of the past. Contemporary fashion designers give motivate and inspire us with their ideas and fine creations. The world of fashion will always have its established names, the likes of D&G and Pradas while new and upcoming designers will also be trying to establish their names and leave a mark in the fashion world. In this article I intend to keep you updated on the type of designers you should be watching this year and on my list are four whose work is getting plenty of attention, and whose amazing talent is sure to see them climb the Alexander McQueen fashion ranks very soon.

Ozwald Boateng

Ozwald Boateng is one of London’s highly talented tailors; he’s quickly making a name for himself in America as well. Recognized for his innovative tailoring, he is responsible for introducing swanky Savile Row tailoring to the new generation of fashion seekers in both Europe and America. Clients of Boateng’s classically refined look include Laurence Fishburne, Jamie Foxx and Mick Jagger. His works drips with elegance and sophistication, his collection of suits, coats and blazers among other pieces, with luxurious fabrics and plush colors bring a perfect amount of flair to any man’s closet.

Michael Bastian

Bastian was once employed by Bergdorf Goodman as a fashion director, he then branched out from this role to pursue his own fashion aspirations. His goal was to design clothing that appealed to every man’s daily wear necessities and by looking at his fall debut collection, it’s obvious that he achieved his purpose. Michael Bastian’s collection mirrors the American classic design. He redesigns and adds flair to basic and generally boring pieces. In doing so, men are given impeccably tailored suits, luxurious knits and refined trenches and other outerwear.

Keanan Duffty

While style and elegance are always an appreciated touch to any garment, a rock “n” roll edge is equally as welcome when it comes to men’s fashion. Keanan is quickly becoming the go-to man for such peculiar edginess. Since 2000, Duffty’s designs have been gaining worldwide recognition by celebrities, including Bowie and Justin Timberlake. Given the rock “n” roll theme of Duffty’s apparel, his collections are always a little bit glam, a touch chaotic and a whole lot of fun. Combining cutting-edge designs, unconventional fabrics and British iconography, Duffty’s designs help the inner rock star emerge from the wearer.

Tim Hamilton

Tim Hamilton’s mission is to bring American sensibility back to men’s clothing and to add luxury to staple pieces. Conventional items are given a modern flair, taking the preppy-dressed man to a new level of conservative wear.

His designs are preppy and entirely masculine providing a back to the fundamentals to fashion. Denims, cardigans and Polos may sound like a conservative combination but when brought together with contemporary design, such pieces give an updated look to a man’s wardrobe.

Understanding Men’s Fashion

Men are becoming increasingly fashion conscious, worrying about their appearance to a much greater degree than they ever have before. For some men this can be daunting; how can you tell what looks good, it isnt always clear. The shoe department tends to be the area in which men fail with fashion, but never fear, here, we will outline some of the rules for men concerning footwear what looks good and what doesnt.

People choose their shoes for different reasons, some for reasons of practicality, and others for style and fashion. The majority of people, however, fall somewhere in between these two extremes.

One thing seems clear with men regarding shoes, they seem reluctant to vary their style, having one or two pairs of shoes in circulation at any one time, wearing them until they wear out and then replacing them a pair at a time. Look into a womans wardrobe, and you are much more likely to find a dizzying array of shoes very few women have only a few pairs and the majority have at least 10.

Our first piece of advice for men is thus; buy a variety of different styles so that you can rotate your style from day to day. Furthermore never stick primarily with trainers, they are great for casual settings, but for pubs, clubs and bars, a decent pair of dress shoes is what you need.

If it is a lack of confidence that holds you back from varying your style, then do not worry, try wearing different shoes in places where you feel comfortable, or where you know people will not notice. This way, you can learn to feel at ease in a variety if different shoes.

Tips for Choosing Mens Shoes:

Generally, you should wear shoes that are darker than your trousers. If you know that you wear a lot of dark clothing, then you should opt for black, dark brown or dark navy.

When choosing which socks to wear, make sure that they do not contrast too much with your shoes. Unless you want to make a statement by wearing a funky pair of socks (popular with the geek-chic style of clothing), then wear socks that are a similar colour to your shoes.

Your belt should match your shoes in general; the exception to the rule is when wearing a patterned belt, such as with a graphic design. In this instance, the belt is used to make a statement and should thus standout.

When wearing jeans, you can where almost any style of shoes, but avoid shoes that are clearly for formal occasions, as they tend to look a little peculiar with jeans.

With other types of casual trousers combats, chinos, khakis…, you should be wearing mens shoes that are slightly formal brogues or loafers for example.