Above: Dries Van Noten, Givenchy, Saint Laurent

JAY_BELL_041_2Signs of spring are finally here in NYC. Pending another major snowstorm (please, no!), we declare it high time to pack up those winter duds and invoke some new life into your closet.

Lucky for us, the Spring/Summer 2014 menswear collections came with a heavy infusion of dynamic and refreshing looks, fit for the inherent optimism of the season. Amongst countless others, Givenchy, Thom Browne and Hood By Air are pushing creative boundaries in the category like never before, showing collections packed with over-the-top statements and character.

But where to start? For some expert guidance, we turned to Jay Bell, VP of Men’s Designer Apparel at Barneys, to show us how to incorporate some key trends into our everyday ensembles. From eye-catching prints to nautical stripes, with Bell’s guidance, this could be your most stylish spring on the books!


“The best shows burned, with red being the sizzling-hot, standout color of the season.”

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“A wild garden of florals blossomed in some of the season’s best collections.”

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“Otherworldly, graphic and psychedelic prints will rule the runways and the streets.”

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“From the high seas to high style! Sailor-inspired looks took on new forms with Breton stripe tops, anchor motifs and naval-inspired uniforms.”