Men's Fashion Week: 10 key trends to know
As Paris Fashion Week’s menswear shows wrapped up over the weekend, all eyes are turning to see what New York has in store next month.
In anticipation of The Big Apple showcasing new designs from the likes of Perry Ellis and Calvin Klein, we’re taking a look at some of the biggest trends from the London, Milan and Paris shows to see what guys will be wearing next season.
1. Layering and Volume
British label Casely-Hayford showcased their SS16 bold and colourful designs at London Collections: Men. The father-son design duo played with proportion, layering brightly coloured sweaters over longer length t-shirts as well as placing bomber jackets under lightweight coats for a relaxed yet well put together look.
2. Make a statement
Christopher Shannon is not for the faint-hearted as he sent models down the runway in eye-catching sheer neon, covered in foam, in pieces that veered towards Ibiza pool party attire – and the result was entirely brilliant. His lighter-embossed sweaters were a continuation of his famed statement sweaters that we’ve seen in previous collections.
3. Creases are cool
If Matthew Miller’s LC:M SS16 show is anything to go by, then we don’t have to worry about ironing anymore. The designer presented a collection filled with crumpled linen and raw edging that railed against conformity – both in terms of fashion and life in general.
4. Pyjamas as outwear
Kim Jones’ SS16 Louis Vuitton show in Paris was filled with embroidered silk two-pieces and show-stopping silk souvenir jacket as the house moved towards a totally new and fresh aesthetic under Jones’ stewardship.
In a collection being described as ‘Californian surfer meets Kurt Cobain’, Heidi Slimane of Saint Laurent remained true to his iconic rock aesthetic, but interjected his signature style with palm-tree embellishment and floppy beanies as he aligned Californian cool with Saint Laurent’s famed edginess.
6. Tailored coats
Margiela’s hotly-anticipated Paris Fashion Week show was slightly anti-climactic in that moments before it began, it was revealed that the collection was not designed by newly-appointed creative direction John Galliano, but by the house’s collective. While the collection was missing Galliano’s flamboyance, what the collective offered was a masterclass in tailoring, with standouts including beautifully constructed trenches and knee-length waistcoats.
7. 50 Shades of Grey
Giorgio Armani’s Milan Fashion Week presentation was a largely tonal affair in mostly neutral hues as the design house opted for loose and flowing fabrics to create a relaxed and fluid silhouette. Grey was the colour du jour for Armani as several models paraded down the catwalk in varying shades of the colour.
8. '50s tailoring
High-waisted trousers belted-in jackets and shirts were the call of the day for Canali’s Milan Fashion Week show as they formed part of a collection that took its inspiration from 50’s Riviera luxe living.
9. Parisian prince
AMI’s Alexandre Mattiussi spring collection was very much a reflection of his hometown Paris, with Breton stripes featuring heavily alongside relaxed-fit trousers and unbuttoned shirts as Mattiussi arguably produced one of fashion week’s most wearable collections.
Print may be a huge feature of most SS16 collections, but perhaps nowhere did it as boldly or as outrageously as Dries Van Noten in Paris. The Belgian designer employed Marilyn Monroe’s visage for his spring catwalk show as he emblazoned her likeness across the sleeves of his raincoats, legs of his trousers and on any available piece of clothing within the collection. We’re into it!