Top Menswear Collections: Spring/Summer 2011

The latest menswear collections for next year's spring/summer season, straight off the runways in Milan and Paris.

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MILAN, ITALY - JUNE 19: (UK OUT) A model walks the runway during the John Varvatos fashion show at Milan Menswear Fashion Week for Spring Summer 2011 on June 19, 2010 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Daniele Schiavello/Catwalking/Getty Images)
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American designer John Varvatos debuted his clothing line ten years ago, so it was only fitting that he showed off his new collection in front of friends and family at a church in Milan.
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Famous for his skinny, ready-to-rock designs, Varvatos kept true to his love for leather. Here, a model struts a jacket paired with rolled-up trousers and some shades to complete the vintage look.
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Look closely for bare-chested models in the background at the Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2011 show in Paris. Mr. Gaultier reminds us all that men, too, can wear tunics . . .
. . . and 3-D glasses with swimwear.
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The Alexander McQueen collection was presented in Milan by Sarah Burton, who was named creative director of the design house three months after McQueen's death. The show was much quieter than what McQueen's previous designs have been known for, except for this red vermilion velvet coat.
Gucci's Spring/Summer collection, under the watchful eye of creative director Frida Giannini, was perhaps inspired by a curiosity to go on a safari, or some other exotic vacation. The snake-skin themed bag steals the show in this button-down shirt and khaki shorts look.
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Shades of blue (and splashes of orange and green) roamed the runway at Prada's show in Milan. The designer is after simplicity in this collection — and cotton — as displayed in the shirts, ties and suits for Spring/Summer 2011.
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A model works the runway in an orange three-button coat, inspired by Miuccia Prada's idea of working clothes (hospital scrubs were also in the show).
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The Calvin Klein collection was sporty and athletic as usual, and offered striped shorts to make the warm season more sophisticated.
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Canadian designers Dean and Dan Caten, better known as Dsquared2, are at it again. For their Spring/Summer wear, the twins have fun with color and even pay tribute to their homeland (notice the Canadian flag on the striped green and white briefs in the background).
Dsquared2 presented a strong collection of shorts, varying in color, cuts and patterns. Here, a model walks the runway in rolled-up jean shorts in Milan.
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Japanese power designer Yohji Yamamoto took audiences back to the days of Mozart with his Spring/Summer collection in Paris. Elaborate hats, wigs and mustaches completed the show.
In the Burberry Prorsum collection for Spring/Summer 2011, biker looks took over the runway (in addition to the familiar trenchcoats). Gladiator sandals also made the cut.
The Louis Vuitton collection went all out for the contemporary male. For Spring/Summer 2011, presented in Paris, studio director Paul Helbers mixed travel chic with animal print patterns, safari flavors and a giant splash of green, as seen in this jacket.
Some models at the Louis Vuitton show had fake tattoos on their necks to provide the illusion of a fashionable travel inspired by Chinese prints. The silk helped, too.
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On top of celebrating their 20th anniversary of their signature men's collection, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana presented their Spring/Summer 2011 line on a catwalk made out of grass. Makes you want to bring out the iced tea and sunscreen, doesn't it?
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Tablecloth-inspired prints like this one were made with a cotton fabric called Vichy. Here, a model walks the runway at the D&G show in Milan.
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The Amsterdam-based fashion house of Viktor & Rolf hinted at Hollywood stars of yesterday in their comfortable and leisurely Spring/Summer collection. And it got even cooler: English electropop singer Elly Jackson (background) and her band La Roux provided the music for the show.
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At 75 years old, Giorgio Armani still knows how to design for the young and classy. His Spring/Summer 2011 show was called Sun and the City. This yellow jacket says it all.
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There was plenty of belt action at the Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2011 show. YSL may have died two years ago, but he was named top-earning dead celebrity by Forbes in 2009.
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A model walks the runway at the YSL headquarters in Paris. The line was presented by creative director Stefano Pilati, who first joined the company in 2000 for its ready-to-wear collection.
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Inspired by children's classic The Little Prince, Iceberg brought out all looks environmental, and included some stripes along the way.
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The Italian fashion designers showed off their Spring/Summer 2011 line in Milan, complete with a familiar looking crown on this t-shirt.
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The highlight of Tomas Maier's collection for Bottega Veneta was monochromatic spring and summery goodness. Here, a model works the runway, draped in petrol blue.
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Maroon also made the monochromatic cut at the Bottega Veneta show in Milan.
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Designer Martyn Bal made his debut for the house of Versace with the Spring/Summer 2011 collection. He brought back the '80s, complete with necklaces, shoes and of course, the hair.
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A model walks the Milan runway for Versace in metallic pants (made from sheeny tonic fabric).
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Alexis Mabille brought out all the ornaments and trinkets for his Spring/Summer 2011 collection in Paris. His signature bow ties did not disappoint either.
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The Salvatore Ferragamo collection was going for the tastes and smells of French summer, according to show notes from designer Massimiliano Giornetti.
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A model takes over the runway in a blue cable knit sweater in Milan for the Salvatore Ferragamo Spring/Summer 2011 collection.
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Hermès designer Véronique Nichanian presented her elegant Spring/Summer menswear line in Paris with grace, style and shades of khaki. So it was refreshing when the color green appeared in the form of hoodies, shorts and this lightweight t-shirt.
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Belgian designer Kris Van Assche brought out his familiar monochrome look for the Dior Homme collection in Paris. He also brought out the deep v-neck cuts.
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For a show that used "the working man" for inspiration, designer Kris Van Assche kept it fairly clean cut and simple for the Dior Homme runway.
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The Thom Browne collection in Paris opened with a march of astronauts that stripped down to reveal their Spring/Summer 2011 outfits, complete with bermuda shorts, glittery gold lipstick and kneesocks.
Paul Smith looked to the '60s for his collection (so much that models walked to Led Zeppelin for some outfits). The British designer featured everything from rocker sunglasses to tie-dyed silk pants.
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