As the fall winter 2017 menswear shows from New York, London, Milan and Paris come to a close, one thing is for certain – fashion is not even close to what it used to be. Gone are the days when unparalleled importance was given to the ‘look’ of a garment, today’s day and age demands comfort and functionality to meet an overall look and feel of a garment.
As ready-to-wear designers and high fashion labels reveal their collections, we analyze and present to you the key trends set to make a case for the approaching season. Be prepared to be pleasantly surprised.
Camouflage as a trend never really disappears but keeps popping up now and again to make its presence known. This season, the trend that has been resurfacing for a while now, claims its throne of power. Other than checks, camo is the only print to make an impact on the runways of all the fashion capitals for fall winter 2017! This trend has got a huge YES from us!
Clothes served as canvases for designers this season, as they donned their creative hats to produce masterpiece after masterpiece of abstract imagery, ink blots and graphical illustrations as prints for their collections.
Print on print, patchwork embroidery, multiple layering and more often than not, seeing all three of these combined set a new standard for mixing and matching this season, where designers refuse to hold back from experimenting with varied colors, fabrics and details. Have a look for yourself…
Green is the color of the year and for good cause too. Military and olive shades reigned the runways for fall with designers taking a liking to the subdued versions of the color quite seriously. Coats, Jackets, Trousers, Sweaters – and even accessories – little is left where the color has not been splashed.
Who said the hourglass shape is only limited to the fairer sex? As gender norms continue to get blurred, designers churn out silhouettes that narrow down towards the waist for the man of today.
Robe like jackets, coats, trenches cinched at the waist, dominate the menswear scene for fall winter 2017.
High & Bright
Adding a bit of color to the dull and drab months of winter, high fashion labels and brands alike took to including bright pops of colors that ranged from fluorescent highlighter shades, sunrise oranges and striking yellows into their collections.
Jackets, trench coats and track pants forayed down the ramp, infusing a contrasting visual in between presentations.
Plaids, Tartans, Prince of Whales and Ginghams – these are the ingredients chosen to make the perfect print lineup for the approaching season. Layered under jackets or worn atop featuring over suits, trousers or jackets – checks made their presence known in majority of the offerings by designers and brands alike.
A trend we validate completely.
Be it velvet, corduroy, fur or (faux) leather, luxe materials took centrestage for the season. What sets these apart from previous seasons, you ask? Add an unapologetic dash of bright and vivid color – solely or mixed-matched – and you’ve got yourself a luxurious details that isn’t afraid to have some fun.
Colored fur, velvet and faux leather made its rainbow-isque presence known in suits, trousers, long coats, jackets, shirts as well as accessories like footwear, beanies, gloves, ushankas and shoes.
What did all high flyers from the fashion industry have in common for the approaching season? – The roll neck / turtleneck! Presented in a myriad of colors, textures, material and styles, the turtleneck detail proved to be more prolific for the coming season than ever before. Worn as sweaters, layered under suits and coats or introduced in athletic-wear, this is trend that will be synonymous with Fall Winter 2017.
Comfort meets style as designers focus on utility based, functional wardrobe staples for the urban male. Athleticism inspired details like straps and buckles serve as technical elements of detail on puffer jackets, ski pants, track suits and outerwear jackets. Hardware details mixed with heavy duty worker aesthetics serve as a baseline for accessories such as footwear, backpacks, sling bags and belt bags.
Bigger is definitely better this season, as the runway sees a return of the puffer/padded jacket in a big way. Comfort-wear signaled a common style motive for the coming season and he oversized trend seemed to have translated itself under this domain for good cause. Voluminous jackets saw a play of sizing, shapes and proportions in high tech fabrics.
Slogans and logos underlying subtle puns aimed towards the current state of societal and political affairs continue to experience a rise for the approaching season with designers and brands alike, not being afraid to being portrayed as opinionated – especially when it comes to standing up for something they believe in. Dior became HARDIOR, Boss became Loss while LV partnered up with Supreme (LVxSUPREME) to invoke a masterful marketing-cum-design demonstration apt for the streets. A trend that is definitely here to stay for longer than anticipated initially.