Men’s fashion week in Europe attracts menswear obsessives from all around the world to witness the best new clothes by masterful menswear designers like Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Prada and Armani – just to name a few. While Fashion Week always gives us some extravagant garb, this year’s collections were also full of some serious real-world outfit inspiration.
With this roundup of fall-winter fashion from the London, Paris and Milan shows, here’s what you and your wardrobe need to know for next season.
What better way to start a fashion round-up than with some wild-inspired style? For fall-winter 2018, ranch-style dressing strutted all over the catwalk. Though these styles were shown in Europe, America is still a pop culture world power, inspiring designers to infuse some of their collection with denim and cowboy associations.
Among these was Kent & Curwen, the heritage brand part-owned by David Beckham which truly gave this collection its depth by teaming up with cult photographer Perry Ogden to produce exhibition photos showcased for the brand’s fall-winter 2018 show.
According to fashion week designers, business dress is back. While we noted casual workwear as an undercurrent to this season’s shows, some collections, such as Ralph Lauren’s matching houndstooth and Versace’s navy suit, prioritized the classy, traditional buttoned-up suit-and-tie pairing with elegant sophistication.
Lots of browns
Yes – brown is apparently the new navy – and it was everywhere during the fall-winter 2018 shows. Super long, brown topcoats and chocolate-hued suits moved wondrously across the catwalks this year. Designers such as Kim Jones’ final show for Louis Vuitton made it clear that beige, taupe and chocolatey browns would be the key color palette for this next season.
Outwear such as technical jackets and snow-ready styles were an overwhelming trend for fall-winter 2018. With the resurgence of matte, long-line puffer jackets (like the type that Tommy Hilfiger made cool in the Nineties) and some other hardy, outdoor looks – here’s what you need to know.
Make sure your jackets come with some serious padding this season, as quilting dominated the runway outerwear trend for fall-winter 2018. Versace, GMBH and Marni are just a few of the designers who took on this trend, with a focus on comfort, flexibility and a barricade of softness. As if we weren’t already on board with this trend, there were also padded textiles galore in Thom Browne’s snow-ready extravaganza. In with the style – in with the utility!
The big collar
As we well know, we’re not out of the wintery woods just yet and this year’s collections were fully prepared with some of the high profile shows of the season showcasing a variety of exaggerated collars and playful proportions. From Paul Smith’s leather jackets to oversized shearling collars at Alexander McQueen, the big collar seems to be a fall favorite to filter across all menswear fashion this season.
Big collars made a statement at Alexander McQueen, Paul Smith and Wooyoungmi.
More big collars from Berluti, a show that brought a breath of fresh air to menswear street style.
While it’s not exactly breaking news to see layering as a trend for fall-winter, this season it seems to be more about how many we can fit into one outfit. Clever layering is a key element to any gentleman’s wardrobe, and designers like Tom Ford, whose collection was heavily devoted to a sportswear-inspired assortment, demonstrated this on the catwalk. With lush hoodies under sleek bombers, the designer truly stepped it up a notch. What we learned? The more layers, the better.
Although we’re sorry to see fashion week go, we take comfort in knowing this just brings us one step closer to bringing our favorite fall-winter trends from the runway to our wardrobe. Until these collections hit stores, check out some of the trends that have already hit the pavement with these standout street styles from fashion week.
The big collar