Gentleman’s Quarterly has put its name to the Selfridges S/S’11 Menswear collections this season to preempt the upcoming Selfridges pull-out supplement in GQ. I met with Menswear Manager for Manchester Exchange and Manchester Trafford Selfridges stores, Ben Wilson, to sample the latest offering. His fantastic tour of the department (and hypnotic Irish tones) got me inspired for this season and here are my interpretations of the trends via Selfridges.
A look synonymous with Cambridge canal punting, strawberries and cream at Wimbledon and Charlotte Bronte; Riviera is the name given to the look that comprises lightweight summer blazers, rolled up chinos and maybe even a straw hat?
I love this GANT linen blazer because it is light enough for summer but easily adapted to winter then teamed with woolly knits and think denim.
Team these amazing Ferngully chino shorts with a nautical Jil Sander T (everywhere this season) and the aforementioned blazer and you’ve got a trend!
Also, I’m well into these Fin’s George Loafers at the moment. They’re not in Selfridges but they’d look great with this look.
Colour Block me a Rainbow:
Colour Blocking is all over Womenswear and it the main focus of the Selfridges VOGUE supplement too. However, to see this transcend the barriers and set up camp in the Menswear Department is exciting. Colour blocking needn’t be terrifying. The look is easily replicated and can be done to your own comfort level.
This light blue Maison Martin Margiela collarless shirt might not be an obvious choice for a colourful trend but when paired with slightly brighter pieces the trend can be replicated without looking all Lady Gaga.
Ralph Lauren, a brand linked with pop colour? Perhaps not, but these trousers are bold enough for the trend and understated enough to be able to walk down Market Street without being abused.
KG by Kurt Geiger have these brogues in just about every bloody colour under the sun. Easy Peasey.
I’m excited for the sun to come out. Let’s get shopping!