Stephan Schneider Spring/Summer 2012 Men’s Collection Lookbook
Stephan Schneider releases his latest men’s lookbook for Spring/Summer 2012, something I’ve been keeping my eye out for. This season the collection is titled ‘Common Ivy’, with a plant type theme going on throughout the imagery. The ones I picked out don’t seem to incorporate it too much but you still get a glimpse of some green here and there.
Last seasons ‘Frozen Waves’ collection had an interesting vibe, the knitwear was very spectacular and the textiles were pretty extraordinary. Spring always offers something different if I’m honest, the materials are always a lot lighter which isn’t as attractive as the winter months, particularly for a man I think who wants something a bit more substantial to hold in his hand.
But I’m more focused on the design end of things and I get heavily inspired by the fabric production and the methods that Stephan Schneider and his team employ. For example Stephan designs all the fabrics himself, he says “I spend half of my time with the textile and half with the silhouette. When your textile is strong, you don’t have to invent trousers with three legs”. This is very true and you can tell from these photos of his SS12 collection that the fabric quality is essential, not only does he play with the textiles they also use their own production facilities in Belgian factories where pieces are cut by hand and time can be spent on the finest finishing.
I picked out some of my favourite imagery from the lookbook but I’m going to be honest here, I wasn’t too enthusiastic about the high fashion type photography shots. Now don’t get me wrong, everyone has a different opinion but to me these actually take away from the clothing itself. I’d rather see close-up or even just standing shots, but whatever way I’m sure you guys will look beyond the photography itself and will admire the actual pieces individually. Overall a great mix of suiting and shirting for Spring, enjoy my selection below, if you would like to see more head towards the Stephan Schneider website.