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top 5 men in pink for spring/summer 14

So iconic are pink fashion moments that they’re almost stored in our brains by default: Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Madonna’s take on the same reference in Material Girl, Jackie O’s suit on the day JFK was killed, or Gwyneth Paltrow’s Oscar dress. Yet, for the men of the world, wearing pink seems to be reserved for Jay Gatsby, Roger Moore, or golf-playing pensioners in Palm Springs. Bar Liberace and Elton, finding a decent male performer in a pink costume even poses a few challenges, and although Kurt Cobain’s pink hair is easily up there with Marilyn and Madonna, it’s hardly enough to build menswear trend history on. As the spring/summer 14 shows proved, however, it’s never too late to paint the town pink.

Text Anders Christian Madsen
@anderscmadsen
Photography Mitchell Sams

  • 5. Jil Sander

    You say salmony coral, we say cloudy pink. And anyway, colour is in the eye of the beholder, or at least in the hands of the lighting guys, whichever way you want to look at it, so Jil Sander secures herself a solid place on the pink list with the speckled pink shorts suit from her final menswear collection at her eponymous house. And very appropriately, on that note, Empower Yourself With Color Psychology (dot com) observes that pink inspires the sentiment “that everything will be okay”. Pink love to Jil.

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    Jil Sander spring/summer 14

  • 4. James Long

    Having to wear a stripy pink knitted short-sleeve jumper is possibly any boy’s worst nightmare growing up (well, except for the ones that end up in fashion) so how is it that when James Long does it, it looks like the coolest and most natural thing in the world? People always talk about men being comfortable in their masculinity, and if there was ever a way to test that notion, making them wear pink would be it. For James Long – and this lovely looking model guy, for that matter – it’s top marks all the way. Pink pride!

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    James Long spring/summer 14

  • 3. Raf Simons

    Going back to aforementioned middle-aged men who golf in Palm Springs, a certain euphonious, almost divine effect sets in when you pair the colour pink with a polo shirt and put it on a man’s body. It’s sort of like an immaculate conception. For giving us that and for paying tribute to all those trailblazing male wearers of pink Ralph Lauren polos in their golf resort country clubs in America (and for pioneering the men’s skort all in one look, not least), Raf Simons deserves the third place on the pink list.

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    Raf Simons spring/sumer 14

  • 2. Sibling

    Some men see see-through powder pink knit sweats as they are and say, “Why?” We dream see-through powder pink knit sweats that never were and say, “Why not?” Those words are partially borrowed from Bobby Kennedy, and isn’t it in the minds of dreamers and fantasts that really great fashion is born? And so, we ceremoniously send this pink SIBLING vision and what’s possibly pink boxers underneath to a well-deserved second place on our list, with all our love and gratitude for really sick swag and general groundbreakery.

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    Sibling spring/ summer 14

  • 1. Paul Smith

    Fuchsia schmuchsia. It’s all in the pink family, and with the pinkest collection of the season – which, mind you, touched upon the full colour scheme of pinkness – there is no way Paul Smith couldn’t place first on this list. But nevermind the epic vibrancy of that electric pink coat number – it was all about the expression on that model’s face as he swaggered down that catwalk. Yeah I have long soft wavy Wella hair and I’m wearing a blinding hot pink coat. So what. Who cares.

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    Paul Smith spring/summer 14