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Stijl Life


Designers embrace an aesthetic rich in geometric motifs

Photography by Aingeru Zorita

Is menswear entering its most disruptive phase yet? The runway is exploding with fractured lines, unexpected juxtapositions of color, and a patchwork of fabrics -- most of the time all in one garment. Blame the art-world troublemakers, from Picasso to Mondrian, who popularized abstraction in the early 20th century and have inspired designers this season. Aficionados of athletic minimalism like Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Neil Barrett, and Dior's Kris Van Assche are all embracing a new aesthetic that's rich in geometric motifs, complete with 3-D textures and optical illusions reminiscent of cubist and De Stijl masterpieces. For once, nobody will judge you for looking so square.

Sweater by Paul Smith, $625; pants by Paul Smith, $765

Sweater by Salvatore Ferragamo, $890; pants by Lacoste, $225; shoes by Gucci, $540

Sweater by Calvin Klein Collection, $895; pants by Dior Homme, $1,650

Styling: Paul Michael Frederick. Fashion assistant: Meaghan Hartland. Groomer: Andrew Fitzsimons at Artists by Timothy Priano. Models: Devin at Soul Artist Management, Alessio at Re:Quest Model Management, Samuel Farrier at Wilhelmina Models.

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