We all share, to a certain extent, the representation of the sartorial choices that the average man goes for – casual (think hoodies, T-shirts, joggers and the likes), urban (jeans, chinos, shirts, cardigans), formal (including the classic office wear, Black Tie and White Tie dress codes).With that in mind, some will be surprised by what the catwalk has to offer.
There will be single and double-breasted suit jackets and coats, waistcoats, slightly tapered trousers and shirts; bomber jackets, sweatshirts, jogging bottoms and shorts, but it’s the unconventional side of fashion that grabs attention with fur-trimmed vests, two-tone leggings, shimmering sweatshirts, loose knit shorts.
Classics with Twists and Turns
The staple piece in a man’s wardrobe is the ever-green suit, which objectifies his style. A number of designers have paid tribute to this essential piece (Boss, Corneliani, Hermes, Les Hommes, Umit Benan, Z Zegna) in just as essential shades – grey, black, beige, taupe. If you want to go the extra mile and be bold and slightly eccentric you need to have a look at the Dior Homme collection – clean-cut suits that serve as a canvas for various prints, including the very much adorned thrush by Christian Dior.
Urban & Casual
There is a lot going on on this front and a lot of colour involved too. Informal wear requires a bit of a punch and a splash of colour, otherwise it would be uninspiring and boring. This season we’re talking about the reinvented tracksuits and sweatshirts of Christopher Shannon in a variety of bright colours and some floral prints; the range of jackets and coats at Christopher Raeburn with a zest of sunny yellow hue. As long as denim is concerned Ralph Lauren, DSquared2, Dior and Umit Benan give us their thoughts on the matter.
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Eccentric is the new black
This autumn masculinity becomes unconventional and there a few ways to achieve it.
• Metallic Hues – shimmering effects take on looks at Nasir Mazhar and Issey Miyake
• Leggings – John Galliano and Walter van Beirendock push the limits of men’s bottoms by introducing contrasting hues and patterns
• Pattern Matters – choose among checked prints (Hackett London, Z Zegna), paisley patterns (Etro), leopard motifs (Sibling), bold patterns (Issey Miyake and Katie Eary) or why not a more pared down piece such as beautifully patterned scarf (Burberry)
• Colour Challenge – delicate pastels (Gucci) vs. bright shades (Calvin Klein, Ermanno Sceverino, Etro, Prada, Richard Nicoll)
Colour combinations have set the trend this season, so choose yours here
As you can see the sartorial options are numerous, but above all they are dedicated to elevating and challenging the concept of the way men dress.