The fall/winter 2017 menswear shows kicked off Friday, January 6, in London, revealing the season’s first potential trends.
With oversized cuts, bright colors, military inspirations and nods to the 1990s, labels see this season’s man as dynamic, self-assured and sometimes sporty.
Although changes rumble on in the fashion world, the London menswear shows didn’t shun their essential role in redefining the menswear wardrobe for fall/winter 2017-2018.
While certain designers were keen to carry on blurring the boundaries between chic styles and laid-back looks one of the major trends of the spring/summer 2017 season others have turned towards a self-assured kind of nonchalance with strong nineties inspirations.
Fashion goes large
One standout trend from the opening days of London Fashion Week Men’s was loose, baggy pieces. In fact, oversized cuts are the first major trend to emerge for the fall/winter 2017 season.
Topman Design went particularly big on oversized pieces, inspired by the grungy style of the 1990s.
The collection included baggy denim pants with pockets on the sides matched with short jackets, plus large, loose, printed sweaters worn over baggy pants.
The British label isn’t the only brand embracing the trend. Oversized cuts were also spotted at Craig Green, with king-sized padded jackets and pants, and at Astrid Andersen, on certain silhouettes in the label’s sportswear chic collection.
JW Anderson even rolled out XXL dimensions to accessories.
Although color is often less present in winter collections, bright, bolder-than-ever shades are on the agenda for fall/winter 2017-2018.
Topman Design brought fluorescent pink, green, orange and yellow to the runway, while Liam Hodges reworked military styles with touches of fluorescent yellow and green. Christopher Shannon used bright, lively shades, while JW Anderson splashed the runway in a mix of vibrant hues, playing with colorful prints in “application” inspired motifs. Sibling used red, orange, white and midnight blue in geometric prints.
Note that yellow and green — particularly Pantone’s color of the year, “Greenery” (PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery) — could shape up to be the shades of the season. Keep an eye out for the colors on the last day of London menswear shows, then on the runways of Milan, Paris and New York.