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viral fashion 2012 donatella versace runway mens spring summer trends color shopping red milan fashion weekThere are trends that pose a challenge to those of us that don’t live on a runway, generic and then there are those that are perhaps never meant to leave one in the first place. Head-to-toe outfits in the same, diagnosis or similar bright colors could honestly fall into either category. What started as a “thing” on the women’s runways has now infiltrated those of menswear designers as well, cardiology and while it’s always worth viral fashion 2012 runway mens fashion week paris trends lanvin color yellowapplauding a risk in a market that rarely takes them, it’s hard to say whether or not this one pays off, let alone if it’s even worth taking. As with a lot of odd, questionable or unrealistic things that a group of designers collectively fixate on, head-to-toe color probably wasn’t conceived with the intent of men actually adapting it for the real world.

viral fashion nicola formichetti spring summer trends shopping mens 2012 mugler runwayCredit for this (or blame, depending on how you feel about it) should probably go to Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy. For years now he’s used head-to-toe color and print to make an impact on his men’s and women’s runways, to the point where it’s become something of a signature of his. Because he’s persistent, and they say persistence pays off, the rest of fashion has gradually followed his lead, to the point where designers as diverse as Tomas Maier of Bottega Veneta, Donatella Versace and Lanvin’s Lucas Ossendrijver, among others, have all viral fashion 2012 bottega veneta tomas maier runway trends mens shopping color blue suithopped onto the technicolor bandwagon. For Spring Summer 2012 in particular, the runways seemed like a veritable rainbow nation unto themselves, with a full spectrum of colors on display. At this point it’s a bona fide trend within fashion circles, that’s undeniable, but for it to be a trend in the truest sense it needs to, at some point, hit the streets. It goes without saying that the very daringest of daring fashionistos have already left their mark, wearing a shocking pink suit with the same level of comfort that most feel in jeans and a tee shirt, but then again, wearing something as loud as a shocking pink suit is a must if you stand any hope of being immortalized by the fashion-week paparazzi, a.k.a the street style photographer.

viral fashion 2012 spring summer color mens trends shopping runway roberto cavalliBut what about those of us who don’t dress to be photographed, to gain attention or a cult-like following of fans (the 99 percent, so to speak)? Where does a trend like this leave us? No doubt there will be men who are up to the challenge of looking like a segment on the color wheel, but they’re certainly not the majority. For those of us to whom this trend doesn’t seem entirely relatable, we’ll just have to get our stylish kicks some other way.

by Justin Friedman