When you think of a banker, or a La Défense guy, you imagine someone in a dark pantsuit and tie, over it a fur-trimmed parka in black. Possibly a beige trench coat. Clearly, it’s not the type of job where you have much room for fun outfits. It’s formulaic, a sartorial message that says I have no time to waste thinking about clothes. But collections presented at last menswear fashion week beg to differ. Here are fun outfit ideas to wear to the office!
Inspired by the late eighties and early nighties, Off-White imagines a new generation of business men trading their blacks and their navy blues for shades of gray, as seen on the sleek gray striped jacket and roomy Dickies-style pants of the opening look.
2. Haider Ackermann
A collection with personality and hidden depths. Faded floral-patterned shirts, a soft but tailored drill jacket, sleek khaki overcoats lined with an electric teal fabric, and mustard socks peeking out of black leather boots. Pops of color go a long way in playing up neutral palettes.
Pierpaolo Piccioli’s narrow silhouettes also include some pretty elaborate embroideries of flowers, delicate silk pocket squares, and flawlessly tailored traditional overcoats. An innovative collection with the purpose of communicating the expressive and romantic side of masculinity. “The male wardrobe is a century of rules and I think in the past decades men have changed very fast. They don’t want to be stereotyped anymore,” Piccioli notes.
4. AMI Alexandre Mattiussi
The softness and the traditionally masculine style need not be mutually exclusive. The AMI man this season is armed with bulky double-breasters, gray flannels worn with white sneakers and a lively crimson sweater. But the real takeaway is leather. Making pants, shirts, and bomber jackets in this material, Mattiussi implores on the factoring in of leather on an otherwise buttoned-up look.
5. Alexander McQueen
The whole concept at Alexander McQueen was the exploration of British masculinity with the protruding jumpers, chalky stripes, trusty leather outerwear, and a ripped military coat in quilted and luxe materials. A tuxedo track pant is seen complimenting an embroidered evening jacket. So many things to question about the British, but never the way their men dress.
6. Dior Homme
On the Christian Dior runway, both generations were represented, the original 90’s guys wearing the suits and carrying the briefcases, and the next generation in fun jackets and sneakers. The 90’s trendsof T-shirts layered over long-sleeves, the baggy high-waist jeans, the polo shirts are all reinterpreted in a millenial framework.