Keep yourself warm this autumn/winter season
with the hottest trends
Men’s fashion has been more exciting than ever this past few seasons. Designs are going beyond the comfort zone that has confined our ideas of masculinity and men’s clothing. Instead of being shocking, however, they push the limits and give men the green light to play with fashion, freely express their creativity and show who they really are. Current trends go against set stereotypes and open up to new forms, redefining the familiar. Check out trends that will dominate the autumn/winter season.
Relax – but make it fashion
Fashion reflects social changes. This trend could be a sign that peace of mind and blissful relaxation are becoming more and more important to us. After all, there is no creativity without rest – so it is no wonder that it is an inspiration for many designers. The popular concept of work-life balance translates into looks seen on the catwalks and streets of fashion capitals, where formal attire is combined with the comforts of staying in and wearing pyjamas. This was taken literally by JW Anderson, who uses pillows as stylish accessories. Eye-catching colourful prints and Versace’s signature silk sets combine comfort and unmistakable luxury. Etro’s vision takes this trend even further and offers patterned jumpsuits.
The collections of top fashion houses like Saint Laurent or Bottega Veneta presented coats with tie belts that resemble elegant bathrobes. When the weather outside makes you want to stay in bed, going out will be a bit more pleasant if you wrap yourself in a scarf – filled with down like a duvet or resembling a big blanket – paired with comfortable slip-on shoes with extra insulation. Thanks to the growing popularity of fabrics as soft as sheep you count to fall asleep, fashion can take you straight to dreamland…
Fashion for… pockets
The history of cargo trousers goes back to 1938 – just as many practical inventions, they were first used by the military. They were developed for paratroopers, who needed big pockets to store ammunition and radio sets, but they were also used by other units to always have bandages, rations or maps at hand. In the ‘80s they were advertised as must-have clothing for fishers, travellers and athletes. The next decade saw them worn in hip-hop videos by pop stars, and so cargo trousers quickly found their way to the wardrobes of music fans and fashion lovers alike. Today, practical pockets are seen as a stylish accessory that can elevate various designs besides the iconic combat trousers.
Dsquared2 offers the ‘Sexy Cargo’ model, and Jacquemus has a design with the graceful name of ‘Croissant’ – could this be yet another a suggestion for what to put in those pockets? Even though by design they are used for storage and tucking stuff away, this season it is worth putting the pockets on display. With countless possibilities and unlimited imagination, Versace has gone a step further and made even the most elegant designs more practical. Will anyone beat that? Complete your look with military-inspired bomber jackets or parkas that have style and... even more pockets.
Grunge is not dead
Fashion is rebelling. Flannel shirts and oversized cardigans, mismatched patterns and designs styled to look worn or even tattered – this style may look rather shabby at first glance, but it is one of the most desirable effects among autumn/winter looks. But this type of aesthetic chaos taken over by the younger generation of fashionistas seems to be more optimistic than its original version represented thirty years ago by Kurt Cobain, the lead singer of Nirvana. The rule now is that there are no rules, and if there are – you should break them. Take a look at designs from Diesel, Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci to find the perfect vintage-style leather jacket. Combine classic jeans with a skirt or long shirt to create eye-catching layered looks that are practical for this time of year – just like those seen on the Givenchy runway.
This trend has gained momentum also thanks to those who wanted to pay homage to a true legend who has been creating at the intersection of music and fashion - Vivienne Westwood. The collective memory will always include her extraordinary courage, which drove the British designer into activist initiatives throughout her life, and her rebellious punk aesthetic, mixed with historical references. Her beloved check dominated John Galliano`s collection for Maison Margiela. This pattern is back on the catwalks and won’t leave any time soon, so make sure you have it in your wardrobe too.
The coat - one of fall’s most coveted items, the hero of many wardrobes and many movies - has definitely more than one face this season. It is worn by spies, magicians and detectives, James Bond and Inspector Gadget. From Burberry’s classic beige trench coat, which is still as iconic as the character wearing it in the Casablanca movie (1942), to the long, regular-fitting leather coats straight from The Matrix (1999) - this classic design was presented, among others, on the Saint Laurent catwalk… It is also worth paying special attention to the models with soft shearling trim - who would have thought that the villain Bane (The Dark Knight Rises 2012) would also have his moment as a style icon?
At the presentation of Loewe’s autumn/winter collection, coats trailed behind the models like royal robes, but it is not just the length that matters this season… Above-average sizes were achieved by collars (Ami for example) and shoulder padding. Eleven silhouettes of men in coats appeared at the Gucci show, fifteen each marched the Bottega Veneta and Givenchy catwalks, and a whopping twenty-three proposals were showcased by the already mentioned Saint Laurent - a fashion house with a penchant for mysterious black. It is enough for you to find the perfect (more than one) design for yourself.
Elegance like never before
Casual streetwear has moved into the background and instead more formal styles have come back to favour - this includes both classic silhouettes and those that showcase fresh variations on their theme and explore the designers` unlimited imaginations.
The ‘quiet luxury’ aesthetic is still going strong. Ferragamo and Givenchy are among the brands that adapted to the simplicity of our times. This autumn, we are more likely to opt for timeless Derby shoes and leather ankle boots and compare our bag collections with friends rather than engage in heated discussions about the latest sneaker models.
Where did the imagination take those who let themselves be carried away by it? The cuts known to all gentlemen have surprised with unobvious materials and textures. The new elegance is becoming more flashy, with Gucci and Saint Laurent not shying away from transparencies, sequins or naughty materials like latex or leather. Italian duo Dolce & Gabbana have added a touch of sensuality to the office dress code, which previously seemed to be dominated mainly by women's designs. This time, the men’s collection also featured lace, corsets and… nudity. The absence of a shirt looked great at the Rick Owens show, while at Fendi only its part was missing and the deconstruction revealed one shoulder. For those less daring - the ultra-wide suit pants are the trend straight from the collections of Kenzo, Ami or Amiri.