The Spring 2013 Milan Mens' Shows Kick Off in a Blue Mood

Gucci Runway Milan Fashion Week Menswear Spring/Summer - P 2012
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Gucci Runway Milan Fashion Week Menswear Spring/Summer - P 2012

What's hot for guys to wear in spring 2013? Judging from the Milan menswear shows, it's variations on all things blue.

It's only late June, but savvy femmes starting to think about their fall 2012 wardrobes (it's never too early!) know that one of the big trends in womens' clothes upcoming is dresses, jackets and suits in all shades of blue: navy, cobalt, sky, ice blue, pale blue, power blue, indigo, etc.

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One major trend is mixing varied hues of blue in one look, layering on the varied blue tones. But it looks like menswear for spring 2013 is headed in the same direction, and why not? Most guys look great in blue. Navy, yes, but all tones. It always has a bit of a military subtext.

The Milan menswear shows got underway this weekend, with a smattering of celebrities (Ed Westwick, Kellan Lutz) and while color is a big theme -- red suits, orange suits -- the one abiding look that all guys can get behind is blue. Etro showed layered looks in different shades of blue, and while men piling on the clothes isn't as big a hit as the female layered look, in these tones, it looks masculine and interesting.

Gucci showed snappy blue suits, but there's nothing conservative about them, and nothing Easter egg about them, either. The medium blue and lighter blue suits have crisp cut, a nice fit (not too loose or snug), and we can actually imagine Hollywood or New York entertainment industry guys cutting a rug -- or red carpet -- in these looks. 

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Of course, women accompanying them would be wise to be in their best blue periods, too. Interesting how menswear trends do often echo the female fashions from the season before.