Essential Homme: Bright Futures

Posted on May 10, 2011

Darlings, let’s taste the rainbow together. We can’t think of a better way to ease into the shittiest day of the week (Tuesdays ALWAYS suck more than Mondays) than gorging on some bright colors. In this case, boys in candy clothes.

Wow. All of that sounds WAY dirtier than we intended.

Jil Sander

Essential Homme May/June 2011 Issue
Editorial: “Bright Futures”
Photographer: Jason Kim
Model: Linus Gustin
Stylist: Christopher Campbell
Hair: Jennifer Brent
Makeup: Janeiro

It’ll take a special guy (fetal, starving) to pull off many of these looks, but we suspect that’s a complaint many of the women in our readership will only knowingly laugh at. We can mentally pick out a few pieces here and there that would definitely be welcome in our closet (PRADAPRADAPRADA), although styled much differently than they are here. And hey, if the young and the skinny want to wear the rest, we’re all for it. But please. We’re begging you. Do not bring back bicycle shorts.

Boys? See anything here you like and/or could see hanging in your closet and/or on your person? And we’re not talking about the models.

Calvin Klein Collection/Issey Miyake


Hermes/Linda Farrow Vintage/Raf Simmons/Dsquared2

General Idea/Rag & Bone/Raf Simmons

Calvin Klein Collection/Michael Bastian/Louis Vuitton/Linda Farrow Vintage

Raf Simmons/Jil Sander/Louis Vuitton

Prada/3.1. Phillip Lim

Prada/Raf Simmons/Michael Bastian

Issey Miyake, Acme, Marni

Prada, Michael Bastian

[Image Credit: designscene.net]

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  • http://twitter.com/magdalenebloom magdalenebloom

    It may be because I am old and jaded and usually go for the scruffier kind of guy but these clothes and/or models do nothing for me. The darker blue sweater in #5 is about the only piece I like. The others, not so much.

    • Anonymous

      I’m with you. That sweater is the only thing I would wear. I’m not too far off from the body type of these guys but not feeling these looks.

  • Maryfargo

    The farther away you get from your bike, the sillier your bike shorts look.

    • http://profiles.google.com/laura.jane.ogorman Laura O’Gorman

      Amen.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2IBZRYDVWP3ACKPBOUIHXRMB5E Falls

    I have to agree about Tuesdays, several years I coined OFIOT (Oh F**K It’s Only Tuesday) at work, feel free to use at will.

    • http://www.deathbywhippedcream.com/ Addis R. Pérez

      In my work week, your Tuesday is my Friday.

  • scottyf

    Thanks for freshening up my Tuesday Soul Brothers T&Lo!

    I like the trend towards brightly colored pants, but in my opinion, big asses and bold colors just don’t mix–so I won’t be indulging.

    Some of the tops, however are now on my must-have list.

    -I have ALWAYS loved Isse Miyake, and those geometric tops are to DIE for.
    -That General Idea jacket is sharp as hell, and I think still has enough classic elements so as not to look too trendy on an older guy.
    -The Marni jacket is cute, but I’m not paying a thousand dollars for it, so I guess I’ll just have to pull out the sewing machine and make one FIERCER than that.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RK5MAF2VNT32ULNYFIXDANTEC4 Terence

    Well, I guess if I was skinny enough to pull any of these off, I would choose the Hermes shirt, but that’s about it. I guess the bike shorts/terrible other shorts turned me off to the styles…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brian-Lipinski/2201190 Brian Lipinski

    I’d gladly wear it all except the bike clothes and those awful giant Prada shorts.

    • jessamyn

      Yes! Those giant Prada shorts are so bad, I actually hate them MORE than the bike shorts – and that’s really saying something.

    • cole

      at first glance i actually thought he was wearing a skort, which would have at least been interesting…

      I hate all these looks except the last one

  • http://pleasewelcomeyourjudges.blogspot.com/ Brian @ PWYJudges

    LOVE the Calvin Klein and Prada blue blazers!

  • MilaXX

    Personally I think the average guy can get away with bright colors in a top or a jacket, but not so much in a pant unless they are in an artistic field.

    I draw the line at bike shorts and pray to the fashion gods they do not make a return. Like that episode of Modern Family, it’s always the people who shouldn’t that decide to wear them.

    • scottyf

      I nearly peed myself watching that episode.

    • Anonymous

      I mentioned that episode, too. Should have read yours first. The “Strangers on a Train” angle KILLED me.

  • Anonymous

    I also despise the Bike Short, but methinks Thursday Thighs will be a lot easier if they do make a comeback…

  • Anonymous

    I just love that the model’s name is Linus.

  • Anonymous

    I just love that the model’s name is Linus.

  • Judy_J

    Cute and preppy. Love the bright colors!

  • StL K

    Bike shorts for fashion, no. Short-shorts, YES! So tired of hot guys hiding in those stupid long “shorts” while women walk around practically naked.

    • Lauren

      AMEN. There are men out there with very lovely quadriceps and hamstrings. It’s a damn shame that they aren’t revealed more often.

  • Walk It Good

    I’m a girl and I would LOVE to steal most of those pieces!

  • Michael Jones

    I would probably wear the General Idea jacket. (The children modelling these clothes are of no interest whatsoever…)

  • Anonymous

    I like a lot of the pieces here. I’m female, but love tailored looks, so I’d wear some of this. LOVE that first aqua jacket and shirt.

    Agreed on the bike shorts, esp with the black shoes and socks. it looks like he’s wearing male spanx and forgot to put his pants on over them. I do love all the bright colors. Glad to see some fun colors and styles for men. (the bike shorts also make me think of that Modern Family episode where Cam wears those to work out…)

  • http://twitter.com/dennang Dennis Nangle

    I will not allow the return of Lennon glasses. REFUSE.

    everything else (even the bike shorts!) can have their moment.

  • Willieb93

    Ummm…I think these models need to eat. I’m not sure any of the clothes would fit anyone who didn’t just come straight from their mother’s womb.

  • Anonymous

    If you aren’t physically on your bicycle, or perhaps have stepped off of it in order to grab a drink of water, or are participating in a triathlon… NO NO NO on bicycle shorts.

  • tbk

    Designers should be prohibited from constructing anything that looks remotely like a Members Only jacket.

    • CNM

      LOL!

  • Momzilla

    I love Linus Gustin, but I don’t think I’m ready to see men wearing shrug sweaters.

  • CNM

    Oh man, those biker shorts outfits are the worst. This editorial reminds me of another men’s collection that you featured on here about 1 month ago. The name is escaping me right now. Anyway, the older but similar photo shoot was better.

  • Anonymous

    I like the khaki shorts that one is wearing, I have been looking for some shorts for my husband that aren’t (for the love of Prada) cargo shorts, but aren’t old man Bermuda shorts or aren’t tiny shorts either. In my Goldilocks opinion these are “just right.”

  • ask

    I kind of like the rust/burgundy jacket in #4, but think it looks more like a woman’s jacket.

    For men, I like the orange Prada blazer

  • Vince

    I like the red General Idea jacket (which I’d never fit in, but hey) and the yellow & green Acme shirt but that’s it.

  • tom

    Of course, there are a few items i would purchase and wear. Khaki shorts – check, the jackets – check, some of the shoes – check. But these models? Yuk! This starved, waxed, plucked, tweezed, overly primped look is such a turn off. Not only do my pants not move but things actually retreat in horror! Give me Mark Ruffalo over these androgynous fools anyday!

  • Maggie Muellner

    I get distracted from the clothes by the model’s facial expressions. Did he go to the Sprockets school for male models?

    • akprincess72

      touch the monkey!

  • Maggie Muellner

    I get distracted from the clothes by the model’s facial expressions. Did he go to the Sprockets school for male models?

  • kayce.

    no bicycle shorts OR member’s only-esque jackets, if you please. other than that, i really love all the colors and the fitted shapes ~ i hope this is how men’s fashion will look for a little while.

  • Lala

    How Germanic these pictures look.

  • lz

    Last picture reminds me of Lupin III.

  • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

    My husband wouldn’t be caught dead in those looks, but I doubt if they are made in his size anyway. I do like the shirt in the last photo, though.

    Tuesday is indeed the shittiest day of the week. Amen to that.

  • Anonymous

    “It’ll take a special guy (fetal, starving) to pull off many of these
    looks, but we suspect that’s a complaint many of the women in our
    readership will only knowingly laugh at.”

    Oh fellas, you did make me laugh!

    I like skinny boys but these clothes do NOTHING for these guys, IMO. Nice colors, though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=37300827 Johnny Heffernan

    This stuff is definitely not my style, even if I do appreciate the overall visual of the colours.

    But one thing I will never get over is the price of Hermes clothing. $3300 for the mint henley. $3300 for a henley.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=37300827 Johnny Heffernan

    This stuff is definitely not my style, even if I do appreciate the overall visual of the colours.

    But one thing I will never get over is the price of Hermes clothing. $3300 for the mint henley. $3300 for a henley.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PFPESDH4EDCW3UEDVNWWSHB4XQ Michaela T.

    Bicycle shorts are awesome. ON BICYCLES. Can’t fucking imagine just walking down the street in them to be ~fashionable~, what the hell?

    That said, I want the red jacket.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PFPESDH4EDCW3UEDVNWWSHB4XQ Michaela T.

    Bicycle shorts are awesome. ON BICYCLES. Can’t fucking imagine just walking down the street in them to be ~fashionable~, what the hell?

    That said, I want the red jacket.

  • Anonymous

    I’m too old for all these looks..and glad of it.

    • akprincess72

      @iambilljr:disqus , I feel that way often, glad I’m not alone! =)

  • http://www.facebook.com/samuel.j.donovan Samuel Joesph Donovan

    The photographer who shot this is only nineteen! He’s my friend Jason Kim–we were roommates at Parsons last year!

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  • Anonymous

    Except for the shoes, look #4 *is* what I wear cycling. Which is, you know, the one time it’s appropriate to wear bike shorts.

  • Anonymous

    Except for the shoes, look #4 *is* what I wear cycling. Which is, you know, the one time it’s appropriate to wear bike shorts.

  • Tafadhali

    Except for the shoes, look #4 *is* what I wear cycling. Which is, you know, the one time it’s appropriate to wear bike shorts.

  • http://profiles.google.com/gentlemanintheradiator The Gentleman in the Radiator

    Boy here — I would wear the shit out of the 4th look (
    General Idea/Rag & Bone/Raf Simmons), especially the rag + bone tank. Not so crazy about the other looks, which is odd since all I wear is color. I’d give the Raf Simmons blue sweater a go, too.

  • http://profiles.google.com/gentlemanintheradiator The Gentleman in the Radiator

    Boy here — I would wear the shit out of the 4th look (
    General Idea/Rag & Bone/Raf Simmons), especially the rag + bone tank. Not so crazy about the other looks, which is odd since all I wear is color. I’d give the Raf Simmons blue sweater a go, too.

  • Puggerpete

    I like the General Ideas jacket and the Calvin Klein windbreaker; I ‘ll have to check at Lands End or Macy’s for the knockoffs. I can’t believe that anyone would buy these because of the model. If anything it would make you turn the page.

  • Puggerpete

    I like the General Ideas jacket and the Calvin Klein windbreaker; I ‘ll have to check at Lands End or Macy’s for the knockoffs. I can’t believe that anyone would buy these because of the model. If anything it would make you turn the page.

  • http://www.facebook.com/markrt Mark Talsma

    As a starving, fetal, 18 year old homosexual, there’s abosolutely nothing about any of these looks that I dislike…though I’m a bit too bottom-heavy for the bike shorts hahaha. Thanks for sharing this. I want it all!

  • http://www.facebook.com/markrt Mark Talsma

    As a starving, fetal, 18 year old homosexual, there’s abosolutely nothing about any of these looks that I dislike…though I’m a bit too bottom-heavy for the bike shorts hahaha. Thanks for sharing this. I want it all!

  • JJ

    RuPaul’s Drag Race is auditioning again. Someone should tell this guy, he would make a beautiful drag queen.

  • JJ

    RuPaul’s Drag Race is auditioning again. Someone should tell this guy, he would make a beautiful drag queen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1088730746 Christopher Brathwaite

    I may be the the right age, but you need to be a waif to pull off some of those jackets. With that said, I need every single one of those Issey Miyake shirts ASAP

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1088730746 Christopher Brathwaite

    I may be the the right age, but you need to be a waif to pull off some of those jackets. With that said, I need every single one of those Issey Miyake shirts ASAP

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1088730746 Christopher Brathwaite

    I may be the the right age, but you need to be a waif to pull off some of those jackets. With that said, I need every single one of those Issey Miyake shirts ASAP

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    if john waters mated w/ one of the isaak brothers, this is the guy you’d get. not that he hasnt, mind you, but not progeneratively. yet.

  • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

    if john waters mated w/ one of the isaak brothers, this is the guy you’d get. not that he hasnt, mind you, but not progeneratively. yet.

  • Rosterberg1

    Wait.. didn’t we just see this like last month… I swear… german boys in bright colors… Done and Done

  • Rosterberg1

    Wait.. didn’t we just see this like last month… I swear… german boys in bright colors… Done and Done

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MNMVM2GPVUEIOJXBOSLCXKAW4U judy brown

    Better crotch outlined bicycle shorts than culotte khaki skorts for men, I say.

  • judybrowni

    Better crotch outlined bicycle shorts than culotte khaki skorts for men, I say.

  • http://www.joannao.blogspot.com JoannaOC

    hmm, reminds me a little of Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory, but sleeker and more languid.

  • http://www.joannao.blogspot.com JoannaOC

    hmm, reminds me a little of Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory, but sleeker and more languid.

  • sleepy

    I want the red jacket!

  • sleepy

    I want the red jacket!

  • sleepy

    I want the red jacket!

  • Anonymous

    The models are just gross.Guys: eat something and get some sun. You need a little glow to your skin…and thighs.

  • Jim

    The models are just gross.Guys: eat something and get some sun. You need a little glow to your skin…and thighs.

  • Anonymous

    The model looks like an unnaturally pretty Jim Parsons.
    I love the color in this spread, but cannot get behind the cycling pants, Members Only jacket, dress shoes combo. Also, I would fall down laughing if I ever saw my husband in any of these clothes. However, I can’t wait to see you boys rocking some of these Prada looks at the runway shows.

  • LocMama

    The model looks like an unnaturally pretty Jim Parsons.
    I love the color in this spread, but cannot get behind the cycling pants, Members Only jacket, dress shoes combo. Also, I would fall down laughing if I ever saw my husband in any of these clothes. However, I can’t wait to see you boys rocking some of these Prada looks at the runway shows.

    • LocMama

      Just wanted to mention that I’m loving the hairy legs on this fetal starving boy and might have an internet crush on @scottyf:twitter .

    • akprincess72

      The Jim Parsons idea is awesome =)

  • Anonymous

    Just wanted to mention that I’m loving the hairy legs on this fetal starving boy and might have an internet crush on @scottyf:twitter .

  • akprincess72

    The Jim Parsons idea is awesome =)

  • akprincess72

    @iambilljr:disqus , I feel that way often, glad I’m not alone! =)

  • akprincess72

    touch the monkey!

  • Lauren

    AMEN. There are men out there with very lovely quadriceps and hamstrings. It’s a damn shame that they aren’t revealed more often.

  • cole

    at first glance i actually thought he was wearing a skort, which would have at least been interesting…

    I hate all these looks except the last one

  • Addis R. Pérez

    In my work week, your Tuesday is my Friday.

  • Liz

    If you’re looking to dress a creepy alien for the next Dr. Who episode, this works. Maybe your great-gay-uncle who lives in Key West might consider wearing this, maybe, if there was $20 and a free beer involved. Otherwise, no.

    The model looks like Julie Andrews doing a review of Victor/Victoria. The clothes look like something a 3-year-old glued together in nursery school. Why is it men are suddenly afraid to look like men? There is nothing shameful about owning a Y chromosome, guys. Try working your looks, and leave the Madonna rejects to Xtina.

  • Liz

    If you’re looking to dress a creepy alien for the next Dr. Who episode, this works. Maybe your great-gay-uncle who lives in Key West might consider wearing this, maybe, if there was $20 and a free beer involved. Otherwise, no.

    The model looks like Julie Andrews doing a review of Victor/Victoria. The clothes look like something a 3-year-old glued together in nursery school. Why is it men are suddenly afraid to look like men? There is nothing shameful about owning a Y chromosome, guys. Try working your looks, and leave the Madonna rejects to Xtina.

  • Katie

    Really, there are men out there willing to pay over $3000 for a green henley shirt?

  • Katie

    Really, there are men out there willing to pay over $3000 for a green henley shirt?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000357883139 Lynzee Michelle Lamb

    I don’t know if it’s the model or the mood but everything about this reminds me of a character from a Bret Easton Ellis novel, and that’s not really a good thing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000357883139 Lynzee Michelle Lamb

    I don’t know if it’s the model or the mood but everything about this reminds me of a character from a Bret Easton Ellis novel, and that’s not really a good thing.

  • Innacan

    these bike shorts look more like silly underware… and boy, does this model guy look awkward in practically all the pictures…

  • Innacan

    these bike shorts look more like silly underware… and boy, does this model guy look awkward in practically all the pictures…