The suit, a set of garments made from the same cloth, the universal staple of men’s fashion. The words tend to conjure up a relatively conservative image, that is, the bland uniform of the businessman in the workplace. However, one has only to looks at the frock coat of the Victorian era and the full dress tails of the 1920’s to realize this is not always the case. Indeed, in retrospect, it would appear that there was a lot more in play the evolution of men’s fashion than we tend to give credit for.
They say, what comes around goes around, and the carefully knotted neckties of old would eventually reappear on the necks of the Rolling Stones in the 1970’s and Prince in the 1980’s. The suit no longer singularly defines men’s fashion and the spirit of creativity runs rampant in the latest designs. This was no more evident anywhere than on the runways of Paris, Milan and London for Men’s Fashion Week 2017.
Did someone say Rolling Stones? While Burberry brought the green wool knee length toggle, Roberto Cavalli showed off his bowl cut model in a flouncy print silk shirt with knotted scarf attached paired with bell-bottom jeans and sneakers. Gucci dress pairs up with velvet pants, dress shoes and bomber jacket with celestial appliqué.
Extra Long Sleeves
Extra long sleeves were on display for both men and women for this year’s fashion week. Maison Margiela’s long sleeved cream turtleneck’s sleeves stretched way past the cuffs of the khaki jacket worn over it. Raf Simons’ herringbone jacket was duck taped at the elbows, punk rock style, to show off the finger gracing sweater beneath it, and Prada offered this own black and white printed jacket with cuffs extending way past the wrist.
The military style will always have a place in fashion. Alexander McQueen showed off his fitted belted peacoat with gold buttons, while Burberry offered a looser fit version with red trimmed lapels. On display from Balmain, a show-stopping bolero with stretch skintight velvet pants.
Another hit with ladies and men alike this year, there were a fair share of puffa jackets on the runway this year. Ami went with a fitted purple puffa worn incongruously over an oversized suit, Raf Simons favored oversize versions in slick black vinyl and two tone blue.
From the grunge to the mod, checks always make a fashion statement. From Bottega Veneta comes a flannel style jacket, while Valentino takes an entirely different approach. with head to toe black and white plaid. Lou Dalton goes casual in his checked jacket thrown loosely over an oversized, khaki shirt and baggy pants.
Burberry bundled up on the runway with his caped silver fur while Fendi went for a brown hip length fur. Dolce and Gabbana went full length with their brown bear coat worn over tight- fitting work pants and combat boots.
What are your favorite men’s looks for the new year? Fur? Puffa? Plaid? Let us know!