It took a while for me to develop an appreciation and take interest in menswear. How mundane its limits seemed, how repetitive the collections looked. Eventually I began to see the art in it, the stories, the image, the look, and especially in today’s age, it’s evolution. Over the past couple of weeks we have seen our favorite fashion houses define the style for F/W 16 menswear. We saw good, we saw bad , we saw wow, we saw “ehh”, but most importantly, we saw new.
Thom Browne: Not the hugest fan of the clothing itself, but THIS MAN IS A CONCEPTUAL GENIUS. He had three variations of every design, each one more weathered than it’s original. The story told of the attendees of an old gentlemen’s club, reflecting on the past versions of themselves. Kind of trippy, but super into it, A ++ for effort.
Gucci: SHOCKED! Gucci came out with this sick new-hippie vision, with bright colors, and artisanal fabrics. I am no fan of color, but the whole aesthetic is really working and definitely perpetuating that modern mod trend. LOVED IT.
Y3: Yohji is just really cool, and I maybe a little biased on this but his post-apocolyptic grungy vision is so chic, and although not the most practical, definitely channels an edgy vibe that just screams “I’m posh AF but don’t f*** with me”.
Alexander McQueen: The runway encapsulated the dark and sinister vibes as expected from the house. Simplistic pieces with true architectural details, but less ornate than we’ve seen in past collections *claps*. THE JEWELRY THOUGH–if I ever wanted a nose ring it’s now.
Honorable Mention: Calvin Klein, Vivenne Westwood, Jil Sander, Fendi
DOLCE & GABBANA
GAGGED. Have never been a huge fan of D&G (although no doubt they have the hunkiest models) BUT SO IMPRESSED WITH THIS COLLECTION. I’m a fur fiend and the rugged nature of these extravagant coats has me floored. The looks come together effortlessly, channeling a clear and slightly edgier image for the house. Absolute favorite forsure.
Of course we got to see some emerging trends throughout the shows, and again the look is all about the signature coat. No strikingly new styles, rather reinterpretations of winter classics.
THE MAN CAPE
Raf Simmons, Calvin Klein
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