The New Modern

Rethought casual pieces, a graphic sensibility and bold use of color– this summer, layering isn’t only for the boho chic crowd.

Like a Damien Hirst spot painting in London’s Tate Modern, Ikea’s brightly-painted square Lack tables, and the nippy new Mini Coupé, contemporary urban cool is all about simple design and bold use of color. And if it works for art, furniture and cars, it works for your wardrobe, too. Menswear classics are being updated with sharper new lines, fabrics have a more hi-tech functional feel, and bright summer shades are bold, yet somehow understated at the same time. So no excuses for not getting the most out of the latest minimal trend with some sophisticated style statements of your own then. Premium basics are the secret to this direction– the wardrobe essentials we all rely on, just sharpened up a bit with subtle technical details, trimmer silhouettes, and clever color. Like the S/S 2012 collections from Calvin Klein and Jil Sander, where plain t-shirts, jogging pants and sports shorts were transformed into sleek, pared-down layering pieces for building complete looks around. Follow suit by constructing ultra-modern, color-blocked outfits by mixing in more rethought favorites– including the polo shirt, windbreaker and tank top, as seen at Issey Miyake and Iceberg– in greens, yellows, and blues that pop. Your look might be minimal, but the praise won’t be.


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