DKNY Menswear Spring 2012 Collection

Posted on September 09, 2011

The very first show of our Fashion Week, the DKNY Mens collection, couldn’t have been a better way to kick things off: cute boys in covetable clothes, all lined up on the second floor of the NASDAQ Marketsite Building, with Times Square bustling below and behind them. The setting couldn’t have been better, since the title of the collection was “Classic City Cool” and the stated inspiration was “movie icons who dressed with confidence, ease and style.” We love the crisply tailored suits in slim cuts which give a business executive vibe if business executives were 22, thin, and had fantastic cheekbones. The rest of the collection is, we suppose, what gorgeous young business executives wear when they’re not working. City play clothes for the 21st Century male; unstructured, simple pieces that don’t require a lot of thought to put together. You don’t have to be a super-stylish guy to put together a look for any occasion, you just need a designer who knows how to make a man look good. Loved the tone-on-tone all-blue looks, the crisp Don Draper-esque suits, the use of stripes, and just the simple, understated modernity of it all.

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  • Anonymous

    I really like this collection. I love all the shades of blue, with just a touch of brown and coral to keep it from being boring. The Teva sandals, however, are a bit disturbing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/torrin.paige Heather Bland Eberly

      I was just going to make a comment about how the clothes are nice but the sandals are tragic. :o)

    • MilaXX

      yeah I’m not a fan of the sandals either

    • http://readyinfive.blogspot.com Lexie

      so with you on this one. especially with that gorgeous beige number!

    • http://readyinfive.blogspot.com Lexie

      so with you on this one. especially with that gorgeous beige number!

    • Anonymous

      seriously bad.  they look like they could be from Seattle with those sandals.  throw on some socks and call it autumn.

  • Anonymous

    I really like this collection. I love all the shades of blue, with just a touch of brown and coral to keep it from being boring. The Teva sandals, however, are a bit disturbing.

  • Anonymous

    I really like this collection. I love all the shades of blue, with just a touch of brown and coral to keep it from being boring. The Teva sandals, however, are a bit disturbing.

  • Sara__B

    I’m so happy that trousers that show off men’s lovely long legs and cute butts are back in fashion! My only quibble is that the fit is often too tight, making the clothes look crumpled and strained.

  • Sara__B

    I’m so happy that trousers that show off men’s lovely long legs and cute butts are back in fashion! My only quibble is that the fit is often too tight, making the clothes look crumpled and strained.

  • Sara__B

    I’m so happy that trousers that show off men’s lovely long legs and cute butts are back in fashion! My only quibble is that the fit is often too tight, making the clothes look crumpled and strained.

  • http://fafafab.tumblr.com/ fafafab

    ugh, I hate the sandals

  • Anonymous

    This is the youngest-looking crop of male models I’ve ever seen.  It’s a little unnerving!

    • Anonymous

      YES YES YES!!
      made me overlook the entire line. 
      these boys look fresh out of HS.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. It is a little disconcerting to think of any of them in a board room!  They’re just a little too jail bait.

    • Anonymous

      yes, some look pre-pubescent….. weird!

    • Toto Maya

      Seriously, I kept thinking about how hot those clothes were, then I’d scroll up to their face and be like, “NO WHAT HAVE I DONE.”

    • Toto Maya

      Seriously, I kept thinking about how hot those clothes were, then I’d scroll up to their face and be like, “NO WHAT HAVE I DONE.”

    • Anonymous

      my 14 yr old son looks older than some of these models, and can we just say no to the mandals once and for all…..

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      I KNOW! Are these boys all like, 12 or what?

      • Anonymous

        my first thought as well

    • Anonymous

      It looks like a line of children’s clothes.

  • Anonymous

    the top row right makes me think Miami Vice. It’s the color combo, more than the cut, I think.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

    Geez, never thought Tevos would make a comeback so soon.  Yuck.

  • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

    I hate the sandals — because men’s sandals are ugly.  I have no real objection to them being worn (unlike Crocs, which are both ugly and will be the downfall of Western Civilization if allowed to continue), I just don’t know that it’s possible to make a sandal that’s attractive and masculine. 

    As for the clothes, I like most of them.  Not surprisingly, since I love DKNY.  (In fact, one of my pairs of glasses came from there:)  I think some of the casual looks are a little much;  I think those would have to be worn by gay men and only the most metro of straight guys, because most straight dudes can’t pull them off.  On the whole, a nicely done collection.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, men’s sandals are just odd. My dad rarely wore them and my husband never does. 

      • Shawn Hill

        The Romans managed. :) You’ll not find me without mine … in the summer. It’s like a white before Labor Day thing.

        • Anonymous

          The togas covered them up. (Although the centurions did wear knee-length garments, so there goes my theory.)

        • Anonymous

          Unfortunately, the Roman aesthetic has been firmly claimed for women in today’s world. I wish it weren’t so, as I think that type of sandals actually looks great on men, but I think if a designer put a man in that kind of sandal this season it woud be seen as effeminate. Tat said, these sandals are definitely NOT the answer.

      • Shawn Hill

        The Romans managed. :) You’ll not find me without mine … in the summer. It’s like a white before Labor Day thing.

      • Anonymous

        Thank god they didn’t show them rocking the Socks n Sandals aesthetic.

  • Anonymous

    That conference table shot would have been better with some brown people in there to throw contrast.

    I just don’t get why designers seem to miss that on a purely practical basis, varied skin tones can set off your clothes’ color schemes.

     

    • Anonymous

      Oh how I agree. NONE of the guys in the picture has the complexion for white.  Putting white next to the faces of pasty people with mousy hair is the quickest way to make them look ill.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

    The sandals are OK if you’re at the beach, but people seem to wear them every place- and they shouldn’t be in formal black. The black shoes with white soles look odd to me but I suppose they’re trendy. I second the poster who said that everything seems to be too tight- it looks so clingy as to be uncomfortable. Still, there must be a load of skinny twinks out there.

  • Anonymous

    Hmmmm…. I always find the “man sandal” hate here a little odd.  For me, the same rules apply for mens sandals that apply for women.  Keep your feet clean, your nails trimmed, take care of the “dogs” and there is no problem showing them off.  As a man, I wear sandals for possibly the same reason women wear sandals: comfort & style.  Sometimes, I enjoy the breeze in my toes.  Equal rights go both ways ladies!! :)

    • Anonymous

      Men’s sandals are fine at times, but a neck tie and sandals should never be in the same outfit.

      • Anonymous

        Live dangerously, let your hair down, be creative……

      • Anonymous

        Like like like like!

    • Toto Maya

      Normally I don’t mind men’s sandals, but I’m not a fan of these because they expose too much feet. I dunno.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed about these, they are a little minimal for my taste.  Although, I did have a pair of Kenneth Cole sandals similiar a few years back but they had some wider straps.  Most of the sandlas I buy have more coverage and more interest.  This summer I have been rocking a pair of vintage woven leather harachis I found in at a vintage store in LA.  And yes, I wore them one time with a linen suit and a super cool silk tie.  I’m a rebel…..

  • http://twitter.com/iJenmac Jennifer McClory

    Another name for the collection could’ve been “Kurt Hummel’s wardrobe for the next season of Glee”.  I like it, although the mister wouldn’t wear any of it, I’d love to see him try out more than a couple of the outfits.

  • Carol Moon Goldberg

    Can we please abolish cargo shorts?  Loved the collection except for those baggy, rumpled looking things.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1274960274 Owen T. Niland

    Cargo shorts and TEVAs, huh?  So, I guess Donna stole my look from college 94-98?

  • Anonymous

    they are like little plastic dolls that you can dress up. 

  • Anonymous

    The cut on the suits are well done. Didn’t we see the suit jacket pushed-up sleeve back in the 80′s with Don Johnson and Miami Vice? Are we ready for that to make a comeback? Does the suit include a nickel bag of Colombian? Guys, please take your hands out of your pockets. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/CatherineKatz Catherine Katz

    So agree with the other kittens about the models being too young!  That poor boy in the first row with the shorts got off at the wrong school bus stop.  

    No to the Teva-esque sandals with suits.

    And, why, for the love of Pete do the first two patent leather shoes have white soles?  I guess it really doesn’t matter, because one walk down a city street and they’ll be an interesting greyish-brown color.  Urgh,

  • Anonymous

    Uninspired, been there, done that, seen it at H&M and Zara Men. 

  • Anonymous

    Uninspired, been there, done that, seen it at H&M and Zara Men. 

  • Anonymous

    Uninspired, been there, done that, seen it at H&M and Zara Men. 

  • http://twitter.com/Strunkette Ann Strunk

    Ugh, the Tevas….

  • Christina Brennan

    Jesus Christ those sandals are fug.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dchockeyguy Trevor Burroughs

    It seems that the new business model does not include socks. Good luck with that, DKNY.

  • Anonymous

    This is MENswear??? And what’s with the beach shoes. Actually, it could be good that men are finally getting the way-too-young-for-the-clothes-model treatment that women have been putting up with for years. They not only look too young for Wall Street, they look too young for Hogwarts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    Yawn.  The only thing I found interesting was that DKNY stooped to the use of a Teva-inspired sandal.

  • Anonymous

    DKNY babiez. 22 years? I think you are being generous, dears.
    The collection is nice but I have a hard time taking this seriously. And I’d rather wish that women’s fashion would move away from pre-pubescent models instead of men’s fashion heading towards them.

  • Judy_J

    No to shoes without socks, and no to those ugly sandals!

  • http://twitter.com/vintagegoddess just julie

    Why are the models in suits not wearing socks?

  • Toto Maya

    A lot of the time when I see menswear collections I think they’re ridiculous. This one was HOT. I see a man walking down the street it any of those and I might jump him.

  • Toto Maya

    A lot of the time when I see menswear collections I think they’re ridiculous. This one was HOT. I see a man walking down the street it any of those and I might jump him.

  • http://rockiinboxxe.blogspot.com/ KUR COL DE DAAB E NUBA

    THOSE SANDALS ARE AN ABOMINATION! I CANT TAKE! 

  • http://rockiinboxxe.blogspot.com/ KUR COL DE DAAB E NUBA

    THOSE SANDALS ARE AN ABOMINATION! I CANT TAKE! 

  • Anonymous

    Wow…makes me wish I was a guy.  Or, at least a girl w/no hips!

  • Anonymous

    Picture #1—Neal Caffrey anyone?? yum

  • MilaXX

    nice. if any of this showed up on the RC I’d be okay with it.

  • MilaXX

    nice. if any of this showed up on the RC I’d be okay with it.

  • http://cheekypinky.wordpress.com/ Rebecca

    TLo. 

    Sandals with slacks?

    UGH.

    Instantly makes the chic clothing look like Seattle in 1999.

    Everything else is roses, though. :)

  • Shawn Hill

    TLo, you know you hate those sandals, if only them.

  • Anonymous

    For Pete’s sake, get those models’ hands OUT of their pockets!  The second look is completely odd with his hands in those pockets, it makes his body look very, very odd.

  • Anonymous

    For Pete’s sake, get those models’ hands OUT of their pockets!  The second look is completely odd with his hands in those pockets, it makes his body look very, very odd.

  • Anonymous

    For Pete’s sake, get those models’ hands OUT of their pockets!  The second look is completely odd with his hands in those pockets, it makes his body look very, very odd.

  • Anonymous

    The collection kinda has a Prada feel to it.

  • Anonymous

    The collection kinda has a Prada feel to it.

  • http://twitter.com/younglibrarian Katie Dunneback

    Are male models not allowed to crack a smile? I’m also even more convinced that my one brother missed his calling by not moving to NYC and joining their ranks.

  • Anonymous

    The mandals are horrible. I’m tired of all the pretty little boys; why can’t we ever have some men wearing the clothes? Give me a Don Draper any day.

  • Anonymous

    WHY can’t any designers get the hem on men’s pants right? The always look crumpled. Is it because the stuff is so tight? I’m not fat, but i can’t wear most of this tight fitted stuff….someone for the love of beau Brummel bring back beautifully tailored men’s clothing!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7VBOB7Z3D3WRISUEBQI2DDY4EY grake

    Am I the only one who thinks this looks like the sale rack at the Gap?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7VBOB7Z3D3WRISUEBQI2DDY4EY grake

    Am I the only one who thinks this looks like the sale rack at the Gap?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7VBOB7Z3D3WRISUEBQI2DDY4EY grake

    Am I the only one who thinks this looks like the sale rack at the Gap?

  • Anonymous

    Do their mothers know they’re out?

  • Anonymous

    A) What’s up with those sandals?  Who wears them to a business meeting?  Unless you are at a fashion business meeting or you work in some aspect of modeling?  B) What is up with everyone standing there with their hands in pockets?  That just looks weird.  C) Like Corsetmaker below me, how OLD are these boys?  Can we see clothes designed for men who look like they actually might have a job that isn’t modeling?   I know I’m a grouch.  I don’t mind the looks – I just feel distracted by the styling I guess.

  • Anonymous

    LOVE it!

  • Anonymous

    ages:  22? or 12?

  • Anonymous

    Nice collection the models however look like children. Take your son to work week??

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    I can’t say I agree here.  I find the proportions a bit jarring, making all the models look top heavy.  The pushed up sleeve thing I remember from its last iteration in the 80′s.  It was as ill considered then as now. I know its supposed to make one look all casual and carefree: as though you make so much money that destroying the sleeves of your 3500 dollar jacket means nothing to you.  But its sloppy referential stuff that harkens back to a look best forgotten. What’s next on the agenda?  Mullets?  And pairing that with a 50′s 60′s vibe doesn’t gel for me.  Jus’ sayin’

  • Anonymous

    I like all of it except the mandals. The mandals make me cry inside. Otherwise, I paricularly like the casual looks for the way they elevate everyday menswear to a more interesting and designed place without, I think, alienating most men, who are used to very basic options.

  • Anonymous

    Between the horrid sandals and the fact that these models appear to all be 15 it’s kind of hard to judge the clothing fairly.

  • Damien Washington

    It’s been so long since I’ve been at all happy with the state of menswear…nothing could be more unattractive to me than a man wearing a shiny, skinny suit. Shiny fabrics + men = no. No, no, no, no, no. (To quote Catherine Malandrino)

  • Anonymous

    I get the sandals in some of the shots, but they don’t go with many of the pieces in the collection. It’s sort of jarring.

  • Anonymous

    What are they doing in the TRL studio?