It seems that gone are the days of shorts protruding below the knee, whether they be cargo, checked or plaid. Looking everywhere the new styles are fitted/slimmer, shorter (slightly above the knee seems to the way forward) and range from very plain, clean-cut chino looks, denim usually of the 5 pocket variety and strong, bold, solid colors are not only great for summer but can be used to create a whole new look using your existing upper half wardrobe easily.

I don’t think this will be a short term trend for menswear either, I think this will be the stable look for menswear summer shorts for at least the next 5 years.

For inspiration check out these samples which I found on jucyafrica.com:
http://tinyurl.com/6ymb7tl

Found this in Vogue.

Some really cool stuff if you ask me, makes you want summer to last forever 🙂

Check out the link: http://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/show.aspx/full-length-photos/id,9288

2012, by Rittenhouse, Australian Designer

For Spring/ Summer 2012, there seems to a need for finding balance between technology and nature, a blend of neutrals with generous colour mixes in a blend of mix ‘n matching and taking a few risks, basically having fun with your wardrobe, because hey, why not right?
Leather looks to be one of the big fabrics, and in different variations, especially in accessories and footwear.
Colour scheme:
– Subdued tones for reassuring elegance
– natural and restful, eye-easing colours
– bold, eye-catching flashes added for fun
In all I think it’s gonna be an awesome season where you’ll get a chance to try mix the natural colours and fabrics with more cold, playful, colourful mixes and accessories harmoniously, that will be the challenge 🙂

Colour direction

Colour Direction