Quick highlights and keywords to know when shopping the big stories of the season from the major brands.
As I finish the men's FW directional I've been simultaneously work on the womenswear I've noticing quite a few trends are overlapping in key categories this season in knitwear and oversize silhouettes as well as the use of velvet, checks and stripes. Take a look below at how the male take on the trends evolve before crossing over into their female equivalent in the coming post.
Seen on the majority of catwalks with many showing retro checked coats and grunge plaid. Ranging broadly from traditional blackwatch/tartan heritage, lumberjack and buffalo checks.
Chunky knits are always important come winter and this year is no different. The focus is more on the oversize longer, more voluminous and slouchy.
Stripes are fused with relaxed lounge appeal, appearing in contemporary comfort-inspired pieces.
An evolving trend the past few seasons now being shown more modern and less obtrusive retro way.
Big in all directions. Trousers getting a longer rise and are worn just above the waist for a retro quality. Coats and tops with dropped shoulders and elongated sleeves and boxy cuts lending them a grown-up feel.
Shearling is moving away from collars and lining and onto the face of the boxier, wider, roomier pieces featured on several shapes including the iconic aviator and trucker jackets.
While it has always been a staple fabric the past few seasons are reinventing denim by going back to the basics of simple, clean high and low washes.
Velvet is most understandable in winter months as a sharp looks for parties but as seen this year the looks are more paired down as casual either as a loose fitting trouser or a bomber..
Among the multitude of technical fabric offerings, a military reference updates this functional category.
Taking the 90's references and track suit styling and remixing it for the ski slopes this coming winter.
Helps to convey looser, more voluminous statements on trend in the oversize category but also seen in a classic retro modern take on sharp tailoring .
Yes, the runway shows were July of 2016 and yes I already did a report or 2 on my favorite shows... ok 4 posts... but this one is not about what is coming but what has hit the shop floors now so by April or July you don't look like a loser. And since it's 60 degrees out today (ok, tomorrow we have a winter storm warning of 8 in. of snow...) I want to embrace Spring!
Top 4 menswear themes:
This season, it's all about the stripes! Floral made his entrance in men's wardrobe and good old basics as denim and sport are still very effective.
Thin stripes, Brenton stripes, pinstripes. Get 'em all!
Athleisure takes a turn in a more slick retro direction -aka- get a zip-up and a windbreaker.
I know big shocker! But unlike the denim you already own the new direction is patchwork and acid wash driven.
Top 4 menswear pieces:
Trench coats, raincoats, wide leg trousers and bombers are the top four menswear piece trends this season. Showcased in a huge amount of the shows, menswear becomes casual, elegant and sporty.
This menswear staple is still going strong. I mean everyone always looks cool in one.
This could go real wrong real fast proceed with caution. A silky or suit fabric in a tailored look but no JNCO style!
Not just for flashers and Inspector Gadget! make sure you get one that hits you correctly at the knee.
Don't get caught in the springtime rain without one.