DRESS WELL VOL. 3: Men's Fashion Month F/W '17
What a busy month it has been for menswear! These last few weeks have seen designers define their brands for next autumn.The fashion world turned their collective heads from London to Milan to Paris to New York, compiling thousands of looks for us to consume. While this overwhelming menswear monsoon is hard for most to digest, fear not! We at La Vie Détroit carefully studied the runways and assembled a digestible summation of the top designer trends for the upcoming fall/winter 2017 season.
These old-school patterns absolutely dominated the men’s shows for F/W ‘17. Seen on everything from blazers to outerwear to trousers, checks and plaid are surely having a moment right now. We love it, as it gives an outfit a vintage splash, regardless of the garment.
Topcoats and overcoats are a winter essential, and if this runway season is any indication, are due for a serious upgrade. The runways were treated to outerwear in a wide array of color, punchy patterns, and interesting proportions. Stay warm and stay bold this next winter with these interesting pieces.
Play with Proportion
These last few runway seasons have seen a pendulum shift in the world of menswear. Proportions are becoming more varied than they have every been. Menswear for a few years was very stuck on the all-slim-all-the-time aesthetic, and now things are starting to loosen up and vary. Pleated, baggy trousers are just as stylish as slim pants. Long, dramatic coats luxuriously swish as you walk by. Mixing these new proportions has been key this past runway season, mixing short with long, slim with oversized. In our opinion, Kim Jones’s latest Louis Vuitton collection and the most recent show from Dries van Noten execute this idea most effectively.
Colors are always changing and going in and out of styles. Only a few years ago did neutrals reach their peak, where it seemed as if every menswear runway was awash with greys navys and tans. Since then there has been a build up to the explosion of bright vivid color that will be hitting the streets this fall. Punchy aggressive cherries, cool earthy greens, preppy bubblegum pinks, electrifying industrial oranges, soothing bright turquoises, gleeful sunny yellows and deep luxurious maroon stand out as the most prominent hues this season.
The New Tailoring
This men’s fashion month has seen many designers play with yet another staple of a man’s closet: tailoring. Designers are taking the stuffiness out of suits and blazers, making a notoriously uniform piece of menswear interesting again. By playing with proportions, fabrics, and styling them more casually, brands have made tailoring for a new crowd. The pieces are fresh and modern, while still being rooted in classic styling. From the likes of Demna Gvasalia of Balenciaga and Gosha Rubchinskiy making statements on corporate culture, and Alessandro Sartori of Ermenegildo Zegna making suits of unconventional fabrics, tailoring is definitely having a renaissance moment.
As we alluded to last week, fur was huge on the runways for FW ‘17. While many couldn’t see men rocking it to such a high degree, designer’s have proven that there is definitely a place for fur in a man’s wardrobe. Fur acted as an accent on tough leather pieces, heavy wool numbers, and shone on it’s own in the form of full-length overcoats and vests. Whatever the garment, fur adds luxuriousness and warmth, and we are fully on board.
Glossy & Metallic Pieces
Glossy and metallic pieces have been on the rise recently, especially in women’s street style, and are finally making their way to men’s runways this season. These extremely bold materials find inspiration from various science fiction genres and give off a gothic/punk vibe. These materials are mostly found in the form of outerwear; however, some designers have used them for legwear and shoes. While they may be somewhat out there, they are a great way to add extra texture to any outfit.
These monochromatic outfits take inspiration from lots of military clothing and industrial workwear. But rather than be of the typical plain neutrals, we find this season will be ripe with vibrant colors and patterns that completely subvert the otherwise utilitarian silhouette. As these are highly audacious looks, time will tell how the masses implement this runway trend.