The second round of Men’s fashion weeks have come and gone, leaving in their wake a slew of new trends sure to be seen in cities near and far from the fashion capitals. From sleepwear inspired looks to athletic, yet work appropriate wear, trends from Milan, Paris, London, and New York were diverse enough to give every type of guy, and even a few girls, some fresh inspiration.
Trend 1: Athletic Lovers Leave the Gym
The coolest guy at the gym can finally wear that same look to work, although hopefully he washes it first. Athleisure isn’t just for the biggest workout guru you know, it’s for every guy and the 2016 men’s fashion weeks proved this to be a fact. From Kenzo and Issey Miyake to Opening Ceremony and Moschino, the runways were filled with hooded sweatshirts, trim cut joggers, and of course, stark brightly colored or white kicks. Whether quilted or silk, jersey or jacquard, the best of a runner’s wardrobe was remade for the fashion forward.
At the MSGM shown in Milan, neutral hoodies with rough edges were dressed up over thick turtlenecks, while at Greg Lauren in New York, the worn in, de-structured hoodies looked as soft as that pullover you stole from an ex years ago (and still wear). At Christopher Kane and Emporio Armani, models wore crew neck sweatshirts, with graphics and structured sleeves, while Theory focused on washable, wearable fabrics found in athletes’ cycling pants. Gypsy Sport debuted a baby blue tracksuit. Unsurprisingly though, it was the bright white sneakers, paired with just about every collection that walked away leaving the biggest mark on men’s fashion week.
Trend 2: Bombers, The Go-To Jacket for Every Guy
If you don’t own a kickass bomber jacket yet, now is definitely the time to pick one up. Men on runways ranging from Public School in New York to Givenchy in Paris, bundled up for fall weather in this staple. At Public School, a camo bomber was debuted, while Givenchy updated the classic fit with embroidery, prints, and textured fabrics. Leave it to Jeremy Scott at Moschino to send out neon pink and green bombers invoking memories of the 80s, while Phillip Lim 3.1 kept it classic with a black bomber complete with two white stripes down the sleeve. Need a bright white bomber to match your sneaks from the last trend? Versace has that covered.
Trend 3: From Bed to Streets
For a few season we have seen sleepwear looks for the ladies, from lace and lingerie to silky pants and bathrobe coats. Now it’s the guys turn to take over the bedroom aesthetic. From button-ups reminiscent of the top of a pajama set to silky printed pants, the trend is luxurious yet comfortable. At Tommy Hilfiger, a striped set paired with a coat looked as if Chuck Bass rolled out of bed and into the presentation. Gucci debuted the most pajama-esque line, with slouchy pants, matching button ups and a level of comfort for the most elegant. Also adding a pajama feel to update a basic button up were Lanvin and Tim Coppens.
Trend 4: Protect Yourself with Military Inspired Looks
Though this winter started off pretty warm, the designers are already putting up protection towards next year with militia inspired wear. Designers pulled from camo prints to gold buckles and braids to double-breasted outerwear to create looks for the runway.
Public School kept the camo steady, but models did anything but blend in. In a full camo suit, a unique statement was made. Louis Vuitton kept their colors army green and neutrals, but it was Balmain whose models looked ready to stand at attention. With luxurious jackets complete with gold embroidery, buttons, and decals, the group was outfitted in the most regal versions of an officer’s uniform. Also on trend with the military looks? Alexander McQueen and Burberry, who both debuted detailed coats complete with gold buttons down the front.
Trend 5: Room to Breathe – Wider Pant Legs
For the past few seasons, pant legs have become skinnier and skinnier, leaving little for the imagination and even less room for movement. Finally, some designers have rejected that trend, choosing to widen pant legs and give a grungey, slouchiness to their models looks. Tommy Hilfiger brought back a 90s era leg, with some extra fabric throughout the length and around the ankles. Billy Reid also added some fabric to his high waisted trousers, fitting like those on a paper boys of the 30s. For MGSM and Kenzo, the wider the leg the better, with an added slouch adding to the gait of the models walks. Baggiest of all was Rick Owens, who is always pushing the boundaries with his looks. His pants, fighting back at the skinny fit we have come to accept, could have fit not one, but two models inside. Though too wide may not be the best look, this trend proves a little extra room definitely isn’t a bad thing.