Words: Collen Demerez @kaliforniabaeby
Fall/ Winter 17/18 is going to see one of men’s best fashion seasons, with every collection guaranteed to sell out before the end of 2017. Designers were not afraid to go outside their aesthetics this season and leave high fashion looks for more street looks. Brands like Versace, Calvin Klein, Valentino and Louis Vuitton surprised us with garments and accessories that we wouldn’t typically expect from them. With all the beautiful fashion on the runways of London, Milan, Paris and NYC, it was tricky to pick a few trends but these were by far the most consistent.
All the brands are swapping a tailored look for a more street friendly option. The AW17 runways were all about staying casual, and keeping the tailoring to a minimum. In collections by Lanvin, Valentino, Raf Simons, and Maison Margiela, trousers were left extra-long and wide, being paired with loose tops and trainers. However, Louis Vuitton took street casual to another level collaborating with Supreme to make a millennial dream collection and having models in graphic LV prints, washed out denim, baseball caps and side bags.
Plaid is set to be the new black for Autumn/Winter 17. Plaid has been appearing on all types of clothing during Men’s Milan Fashion Week being seen in all the major shows. We saw the print on jackets, coats, shirts and trousers, with brands like Givenchy, Versace, Balmain and Gucci. Gucci went for a playful approach having plaid men’s skirts and cropped trousers, while Versace went more street having plaid puffer coats, parkas and baggy trousers.
Sportswear is going to be taking over everyone’s closet come fall, as designers are making sporty pieces the new staple. Topman, Acne Studios, Calvin Klein and Boss were amongst many having track pants, fleeces, hoodies and sneakers on the runway. A lot of brands styled the sporty pieces with formal pieces to give a more relaxed feel to the collections. Hugo Boss showed fleeces and wind breaker jackets styled with formal suits, while Calvin Klein choose to add sporty details to formal items putting track lines on suit trousers, both brands adding a sporty finish to an either wise formal look.
Camouflage has been a no-go area for a while now, but it has come back for the new season in a big and unexpected way. Brands like KTZ, Ovidia & Sons, Vetements, Balmain all got involved in the camo trend, we were seeing the bold print shown in its classic army style but also in animal print styles and on refreshing materials. Balmain stayed clean and sophisticated choosing to put the print on embroidered jackets and blazers, but KTZ opted to have a dark camouflage print on wool jumpers with cut out details.
Loungewear has been the new attire for the streets and nothing is changing for the AW17. Pyjamas styled garments are very much going to be key pieces for the fall season and we are seeing new and interesting approaches from every designer. Katie Eary, Louis Vuitton, D&G and Edward Crutchley were all ready for a midday slumber party showing Pjs in silk. Katie Eary kept their flair featuring a 70s-esque geometric print on their pyjama set, while Dolce and Gabbana kept it whimsical having kitten prints on soft pink silks.