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Men: Would You Wear Bright-Colored, Wildly-Patterned Trousers?

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Men, prepare to gird you loins in funny pants. The Wall Street Journal reports that next spring's menswear collections are replete with "Go-to-Hell Pants," "Don't-Give-a-Damn Pants" and "Party-Crashing Pants"—i.e. bright-hued, whimsically-printed, in-yo-face trousers. Cute? Yes. Wearable? Realistically, probably not. But watch out naysayers—when Giorgio Armani pointed this out, his criticisms weren't well-received.

But not all are amused by the cocksure look. Following his own spring collection of muted summer suits, Giorgio Armani, now 77, criticized both Dolce & Gabbana and Prada's collections, saying they made men look ridiculous and were unwearable, according to the fashion trade rag Women's Wear Daily.

Prada's show notes defined the scrutinized look as being "relaxed, fun and young," with "the world of golf" serving as "the thread of inspiration that unites classical English elements and exaggerated over-the-top details typical of the American imagination." Other inspirations came from '60s Palm Beach flower prints and English necktie motifs from the '70s.

After Mr. Armani's comments, the gossip mill went into overdrive, with industry insiders calling him a party pooper. Style blogs and the fashion trades chronicled the resulting snipe-fest for weeks.

· Pants on fire [Wall Street Journal]