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cocosa.comMENSWEAR SS36TRIBALWho wouldn't want to be in Christopher Bailey's tribe for SS12? Playing with raffi a and texture, Burberry Prorsum led the way with a riot of appliqu├ęs and African prints. The tribal trend spread (like an African bushfi re) and was seen at Lanvin on ethnic-print trousers and beaded accessories, and at Christopher Shannon, who used afro combs as striking tribal headdresses. Tribal is about blending diff erent references, colours and prints, creating a balance that works.THE MENSWEAR TREND REPORTMarcus Jaye, creative director of blog The Chic Geek, picks out the essential trends in his defi nitive guide to SS12 menswear OLYMPIAThere's always a 'sports luxe' trend in any menswear season, but this year, with the London Olympics, it's hard to avoid. Vivienne Westwood took a literal direction with printed medals and laurels on tops, while Thom Browne at Moncler Gamme Bleu served up a preppy technicality. Louis Vui on even managed to make crocodile skin sporty in blouson form, and E Tautz looked back to an Olympics before the age of Lycra, with collegiate jumpers and drawstring trousers.SPRINGSMARTIf you only buy one thing this season, make it the summer double-breasted jacket. This one item pulls everything together. Wear with a T-shirt or pair of shorts, and you'll look instantly 'dressed'. Topman Design teamed the jacket with pyjama bo oms, Hardy Amies paired it with tailored short shorts and Z Zegna's version was cropped with four bu ons. Look for summer fabrics such as co on and linen with details like diff erent-coloured bu ons and linings. BELOWTHEWAISTAll the action is going on below the waist for SS12. Prada showed a psychedelic golf-inspired collection of daisies and fl ower prints and Lanvin went tribal with chic batik. Givenchy headed to paradise with a strelitzia frenzy. To make it work, keep the top half plain and simple and let the trousers do the talking. If you feel this is a li le too much, you could also go for solid block colours in primary brights or strong pastel shades.BURBERRYPRORSUMCHRISTOPHERSHANNON NVINVIVIENNEWESTWOODMONCLERGAMMEBLEUE TAUTZTOPMANDESIGNZZEGNAHARDYAMIESPRADAGIVENCHYBURBERRYPRORSUM

cocosa.comMENSWEAR SS37THEBAGNothing says 'man of leisure' like a man who doesn't need both hands. The male clutch or portfolio bag is the bag of choice for the chic man about town. Kim Jones' fi rst Louis Vui on collection featured small messenger bags, which look too feminine worn with the strap, but held fi rmly in the hand look chic and masculine.THESHOEA crazy hybrid, the must-have SS12 shoe is an ethnic fantasy courtesy of Burberry Prorsum. A traditional perforated lace-up is decorated with brown and blue raffi a. The thick sole continues from AW11 into SS12, but this time in a lightweight cork with golfi ng kilt details and zingy colouring. This is SS12's statement shoe. THEACCESSORYThe neckerchief as seen at Trussardi is for the bold and beautiful. This should be a whimsical, not-trying-too-hard accessory. It should look masculine, not camp. To achieve this eff ect don't tie the neckerchief too tight, and it should be seen just peeping out of the shirt. Less is more with the neckerchief.THEDETAILSEvery season brings a fresh delivery of men's accessories. Here are SS12's must-haves AGI&SAMAgi&Sam is a new London label pu ing brights back into menswear via prints and bold colours. Agi&Sam are Agape Mdumulla and Sam Co on, who met while working at Alexander McQueen. The SS12 collection is inspired by Mexico's Day of the Dead festival. agiandsam.comONESTOWATCHMATTHEWMILLERMiller's minimal look is gathering quite a following. A Manchester native and a Royal College of Art graduate, Miller's work focuses on the human body and its relationship with technology. For SS12 he has backed plasticised coats and neon-detail double-breasted jackets.mrma hewmiller.tumblr.comSHAUNSAMSONCalifornian-born Samson, a graduate of Central Saint Martins, showed his debut collection at London Fashion Week's MAN show. His collection was a reminder of summers growing up in San Diego, with hand-loomed Mexican blankets worked into men's streetwear shapes. shaunsamson.co.ukSome distinctive new labels stepped into the menswear arena at London Fashion Week