In my previous post on why the fashion industry has increased its runway shows (click here), I pointed out the emergence and growing popularity of Men’s Fashion Week. It got much attention last year, when New York finally joined in and made Men’s Fashion Week and official event on the calendar.
Men’s Fashion Week has become as relevant as the dominating Fashion Weeks which focus on the women’s ready-to-wear collections, the major big seller for all fashion houses across the globe. Men’s Fashion Week was always playing second fiddle to the women’s collection, but not anymore. The rise of digital and social media has made men’s fashion just as interesting and influential for fashion houses and their male markets. The show has always been showcased before the women’s wear, due to the budgeting of the buyers. Business clients and buyers will always stock up on the menswear collection before the women’s collections so as not to blow their whole budget on the women’s. This simply comes down to the fact, that women are still the biggest and most influential market in fashion. The women’s wear section in stores have always been and still comprises a larger portion of the store floors. This also explains why many runways at Men’s Fashion Week still showcases women in unisex styled looks from the men’s collection. With Men’s Fashion week becoming highly publicised, this could change that dynamic.
Let’s look at the latest trends for men for the next Autumn and Winter seasons!
I saw some new names on the runways, that I have not heard of before. I’m glad to say most of my favourites this season were from new brands on the block. Public School’s collection was all about comfort and using good quality soft wools. The end result was both stylish, and comfortable. Ralph Lauren’s brown tweeds dominated his men’s collection this season, offering tailored and chic looks. Overall, the mood for men next season from New York, are all about well defined cuts and silhouettes that master comfortability for the wearer.
More new brands and names dominated the London fashion scene last month. Oversized coats are still a trend for the European streets next season, with well tailored pants being a key element. Even the tracksuit pants were well cut, and certainly becoming a staple in the closet.
A more colourful palette dominated the runways at Men’s Fashion Week in Milan. Knitwear was undoubtedly a key element on all the looks, and paired with a statement coat. MSGM and ETRO had the most colourful and relaxed collections that were well put together and functional for most occasions. Another key element, was a well designed Italian shoe.
The look for men was dominated by the long coat with sharp, well-defined cuts that created a perfect boxed and broad shouldered silhouette. Paris still continues to hail the street sneaker and the comfortable sport shoe trend is here to stay for another season for both men and women. Valentino’s collection really had one of the most impressive collections with its sophisticated, polished looks.
The suit trousers has been totally redefined and has adapted for both work and play. Using classic styles and redefining them through new cuts and fabrics, they are dominating the streets and runways. Many looks were paired with a comfy knitwear top with a coat or jacket finishing the look. Traditional suits rarely featured, as pairing suit trousers with sneakers and comfortable shirts and sweaters has now become the dominating trend. Pants were also much more loosely cut to offer more comfort and freedom of movement.
It’s simply down to 3 key elements next season:
long coat + tailored pants + sneakers
The overall looks on the runways were all about oversized comfort and sophistication, without putting limits to the wearers own potential to style it.
A bientot modestes,