Trend Report: Fall 2016

Trend Report: Fall 2016

WITH MEN'S NEW YORK FASHION WEEK OFFICIALLY BEHIND US, SO COMES THE CLOSE OF ANOTHER MENSWEAR SEASON – AND A NEW TROVE OF TRENDS TO GET EXCITED ABOUT FOR FALL

WITH MEN'S NEW YORK FASHION WEEK OFFICIALLY BEHIND US, SO COMES THE CLOSE OF ANOTHER MENSWEAR SEASON – AND A NEW TROVE OF TRENDS TO GET EXCITED ABOUT FOR FALL

As the men’s market continues to expand and diversify with talented young designers, it’s tempting to think that trends are becoming slowly irrelevant. With so many voices shouting into consumerism’s seemingly endless expanse, how can there possibly be a set style to which male audiences will adhere six months from now? And yet, a few select trends still seem to rise to the top with each new set of shows, giving the season a strong message that frames the moment in fashion like a time capsule.

Last year, for Fall 2015, the dominant trends were seventies and western-inspired. Wide collars, fringe jackets, straight-legged jeans and cowboy boots seemed to show up in every store window and street corner—thanks, largely, to Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent, who set this in motion with his psychedelic Spring 2015 collection. The Spring 2016 season, as you will read about in our new issue, showed an appreciation for gender-bending, with Gucci's Alessandro Michele making feminine dressing fashionable for men, and London-based Craig Green, whose androgynous menswear designs have become popular even among women.

Now, with its large, over-sized coats, puffer jackets, and shaggy furs, Fall 2016 seems to be paying closer attention to function as opposed to just form—while brands continue to break down boundaries in terms of classic masculinity and construction (think pink, capes over coats, and baggy layers). Though trends may be increasing in number and nuance (click through our slideshow above to see for yourself), designers seem to agree on one message in particular this season: gone are the days when men should be fearing high fashion.

CAPETOWN: PRADA, ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA, JUUN.J

EMBROIDERY SUITS YOU: EMPORIO ARMANI, JOHN GALLIANO, ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

TAKE FLIGHT: DIESEL BLACK GOLD, BURBERRY, GIVENCHY

THE PERFECT FOIL: DSQUARED2, CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION, VERSACE  

BIGGER IS BETTER: DAMIR DOMA, BALMAIN, BOTTEGA VENETA

LAYER IT ON: JUUN.J, ALEXANDER MCQUEEN, LANVIN

IN THE PINK: OFF-WHITE, KENZO, PIGALLE

READY-TO-SLEEP: VALENTINO, DOLCE & GABBANA, LOUIS VUITTON

TAKE A PUFF: RAF SIMONS, COACH, DIOR HOMME

LET'S SHAG: FENDI, DOLCE & GABBANA, GUCCI

GET THE SKINNY (SCARF): VALENTINO, ROBERTO CAVALLI, GIVENCHY

THE RIGHT TO BARE ARMS: ALEXANDER MCQUEEN, LOUIS VUITTON, RICK OWENS

STAY ON TRACK: UMIT BENAN, BURBERRY, J.W. ANDERSON

HEAD WEST: FAITH CONNEXION, DOLCE & GABBANA, GUCCI

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