Trend Spotting for Men’s F/W18

With controversies befalling big guys in the industry, from Bruce Weber to Mario Testino, this season’s Men’s Fashion Week, proved to be quiet as if to give ample time and space for reflection. Sluggish. Almost contrived, even. Still, the collections invite us to be positive, to keep on with the struggle for having a more sane, more secure working environment, and to remember that despite everything, fashion is still supposed to be fun. Here are 5 trends we spotted on the runway during last week’s shows.

1. Catch a Red Eye

While Pantone foresees Ultra Violet as the new Color of the Year, playful splashes of red are seen on the runways. Highlighting the silhouette, crimson pieces stand out amidst earthy autumn hues. No matter the cut or the texture, it’s sure that this color, the symbol of passion, will make heads turn. Only for the brave.

2. Sherlock Who?

This season is British, with tartan and other plaids everywhere. Classic for Dries Van Noten or colorful and patched for Versace, the detective vibe is palpable.

3. Oh, my leather!

When and why did men ever swap leather outerwear for flimsy wool coats littered with stray dog hair? We fall in love with Berluti and Cerruti 1881‘s camel trenches but give a huge applause to Y/Project and its baggy sportswear version.

4. Grandpa, I am stealing your sweater

Suddenly it’s cool to dress like your history professor. Designers took the quintessential sweater, dusted it off, and revamped it in modern cuts and various colorways. Big crush on that Marni yellow sweater.

5. Baby, it’s cold outside

I always thought a person who wears a bonnet is someone who just gave up and chose comfort over style. But fun iterations are spotted this season, from Junya Watanabe’s in solid scarlet, in tartan version at Haider Ackermann, to Margiela’s in plastic, the accessory is not just reserved for the Commander Cousteau in the next months.

While ignorance of law excuses no one, gentlemen, we’ve just provided you with a nifty cheat sheet and now you know which pieces to get and what styling tricks to employ. Bury your Canada Goose parka in the snow. Let’s start there. See you next Fall!

If you had to get one item for F/W 2018, what would you get? Answer us in the comments section!

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