While the selection of best editorials in all the major magazines devoted to menswear offered us a broad and varied spectrum in April, the watchword for May seems once more to be the essential brightness of the white shirt, which comes back over and over again in combination with different colours: black, pink, brown and beige are the main proposals we see as the main focus of the publications under review.
Our first stop on this journey takes us right to Gentleman&Lei, where a white man’s shirt is combined with a pair of ankle-length trousers, classic shoes and a timeless leather coat. It’s a look which has nostalgic features of times gone by, cleverly reworked with a modern touch.
L’uomo Vogue opens with a less-than-springtime setting on the cover, showing a man’s shirt worn under a cosy oversize loose-knit sweater in blue and white takes centre stage. 1950s outfits appear on the inside pages of the magazine: a broad white collar emerges from the V-neck of a checked pullover worn tucked into a pair of high-waisted trousers combined with the ever-present black leather jacket, to give a “bad boy” effect. The more jazzy, vivacious alternatives include a short-sleeved Muslim Shirt, reproducing typical summer tropical landscapes.
Vanity Fair on the other hand stands out for its sparkling colours: from bright green to fluorescent fuchsia, animal prints and nautical stripes. In this multicoloured scenario, however, the Xacus white cotton shirt commands our attention with its beauty and freshness. But for the woman shown in Vanity Fair, the white shirt becomes a canvas to be framed with a pale pink suit, complemented with a perfectly contrasting black tie, or there’s a modern, practical zipped shirt - again strictly in white, though.
Let’s finish with Vogue, where the cotton shirt blends in with waistcoat and jacquard trousers, worn beneath a beige gabardine trench to bring the whole outfit together.