Jonathan Saunders Menswear Spring 2013 Collection

Posted on June 20, 2012

Inspired by the work of Hungarian-French Op-Art pioneer Victor Vasarely, Jonathan Saunders took his love of color, print and texture in a decidedly geometric direction. For the shapes, he looked to David Bowie. The combination is crisp and colorful, with an uber-modern feel to it, which is ironic considering the very 20th Century inspirations. We love a menswear collection that doesn’t skimp on texture and pattern. There’s so little to play with in traditional menswear that it’s a delight to see it when a designer gets it right. It’s a really fabulous set of looks.




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  • Sara__B

    My husband would wear a lot of these separates, and I like them, too. We’re 60. Should the designer be worried?

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      surely not. if the designer has any sense he will understand that stylish persons of yr generation & up not only continue to have but always had, were born to have, much more visual punch & panache than just about anyone since.

      edited for grammar. i must be the only person on earth who has to edit two sentences for grammar but, you know, here we are.

      • that rich forest-y green sweater, why are there not more clothes that color!   It’s

      • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

        but you used “panache” which makes me love you.  xo

    • amf0001

      he should be overjoyed – a new market of people with means!

    • ccm800

       Hell NO! Taste and style are ageless

  • schadenfreudelicious

    shorts+dress socks and shoes+pasty legs makes for a very unappealing visual….

    • Sara__B

       Even my 60-year-old husband knows better than that!

      • schadenfreudelicious

        exactly, i thought it was men’s fashion rule 101! 

    • Seanybills

      I don’t know… when I was in HS, I specifically work black dress socks and Vans with my Dickies shorts.  I thought I looked pretty styling, but I was probably wrong, haha.

  • This whole collection is gorgeous.

    •  I know, I want those metallic  silver lace-ups, they’re like liquid metal!! Perfect that they are paired w/very simple looks style and colorwise.

  • In_Stitches

    The second the last look, that rich forest-y green sweater, why are there not more clothes that color!   It’s fabulous. 

    • Charmella…a DIVA at large!

       YES! It reminds me of the British racing green by Jaguar…GRRRRRRRR!

    • fursa_saida

      I have a cardigan in that color and I loooooove it. 

  • Deedles

    Green Lantern! Perfectly lovely styles for the manorexic in your life.

  • Catiline

    I now have an urge to bust out my Kraftwerk CDs.  That’s a good thing.

    • Isadora Paiva

      LOL! I thought the same thing, this reminds me more of Kraftwerk and maybe a little bit of Ian Curtis than it does Bowie. Either would be good things though.

      On a general note, love the collection, and I especially love how, perhaps because it’s not that common to (successfully) play with color and pattern in men’s fashion, it is so much more striking when it happens. Like that green suit, I don’t think I have ever seen a suit that color, and I know why, it’s probably not easy to pull off, but it sure is awesome! And the texture of that first suit is amazing, it manages to be different that without going to “only works in a model posing just so” lengths.

  • hughman

    Twinky Stardust.

  • I love all of these. I want the green sweater, the red blazer, and the color-bleeding cardigan right now plz. 

  • mjude

    all the young dudes.  love

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    you are right about this too. i love a lot of these myself. theyre the kind of outfits that, once again, make me wish i could wear menswear as womenswear. never gonna happen no way. chance in hell. etc & ect. otoh, i hope that one or another of the women we see on the red carpet goes for something like the green suit, left, third from the bottom, or the blue suit, right, from the following row. & maybe maybe even i could wear the twinset or its semi-matching sweater to the left, four rows from the bottom.

  • 1st row – Look 1 & 3

    2nd row – Look 2

    3rd row – Look 1

    4th row – Look 3

    7th row – Look 3

    8th row – Look 2 & 3

    9th row – Look 3


  • Judy_S

    Really nice group of men’s clothes. I hope it has some influence.

  • kimmeister

    The yellow sweater – is it really short, or is it tucked in?  I can’t tell.  I also am not sure if the black band is part of the sweater or if it’s a belt (like what’s going on in the 2nd row, heather green sweater).

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Love these. My lanky little bro would look fabulous in most of these pieces. This is all surprisingly wearable.

  • Pennymac

    This is really well done. Not a fan of the tucked in sweater with the yellow stripe, or the trench with the odd bathroom tile pattern ombre, but everything else is fab.

  • Lina_bee

    OMFG, it’s Bowie 1977-1981 — J’adore!!!!!  *fans self*  Now if only someone would knock these off in women’s wear sizes, I would be happy forever!  Srsly, I want ALL of those pantsuits. And the sweaters.  God, this could not be more up my proverbial alley. <3

  • Wow. A menswear collection that looks like it was actually designed for MEN. (As opposed douchey frat boy, perpetual children or spoiled wanna be artiste types.) Hooray! Let’s have some structure and style again. 

  • MilaXX

    I like. There are several young-ish male celebs that could wear this & I’m sure RDJ would try.

  • Qitkat

    Every once in a while, there’s a design collection that is begging to have a movie written which would feature it.
    This is that collection.

  • Qitkat

    Forget the movie (my earlier comment), I would like to see The Doctor in a few of these looks!

  • Mmmm. I’m a fan. Love the bold colors, especially the greens & reds. 


  • joything

    Sleek.  Fun.  I like ’em.

  • formerlyAnon

    I like a lot of these. Body conscious without being skin tight is also a good thing.

  • To Do: 1. Sell out and make millions of dollars. 2. Buy these clothes. 3. Wear them at all times.

  • giiiirrrr

    Why is the look book so damned dark???  I think I like most of these, though the ombre-inspired pieces are just as bad as the ombre hair trend.  Just, no.

  • fursa_saida

    Oh my GOD I love this. I can see the Bowie influence very clearly. These are now the costumes for the Bowie biopic, starring SWINTON, that exists in my head.

    I hope some of the suits will make it to the red carpet–Jude Law? Gosling? Andrew Garfield?

  • quiltrx

    I like this–tailored without being super-tight.  Nice colors and prints.

  • Alisa Rivera

    I can’t with the mafioso double-breasted jackets, but otherwise love it. 

  • guest2visits

    I really like that shoe, even in silver.  I also like the first row.  Although I like the the color palette through out;
    and the fabrics; the designs and/or the styling feel very strained, stiff and uncomfortable.
    Such as tucked in sweaters ? … strange proportions on the shorts and some of the jackets.

  • I feel like Ewan McGregor is the only person who can pull off that first suit.

  • Perhaps also Matt Smith. Maybe.

  • yes!

  • ccm800


  • Mid-calf socks and oxfords with shorts?  Oh hell no.  Don’t tuck in your sweater.  Otherwise, Cumberbatch and Matt Smith should be all over this collection

  • VicksieDo

    Aside from the shorts with long socks, I agree, it’s very good stuff.

  • I like the idea but not the proportions. And yes, the dress socks & shorts are a Problem.

  • my husband’s 66 and i’d love to see him in some of these.  i think some alterations would be involved, though.  since he’s retired, he’s really into cooking and…..

    my favorites are the kelly green pieces and and the first look.  lovely to enjoy a menswear collection, usually they are either boring or way too cray-cray.  (as a side note, my spellcheck doesn’t oppose the word cray-cray.  have the minions infiltrated the spellcheck dictionary?) 

  • Louise Bryan

    The shorts with dark socks remind me of my dad mowing the lawn (and not in a good way).