This week, the Big Apple was abuzz as the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) launched the very first Men’s Fashion Week in New York City.
Hailed as a “standalone showcase for American men’s fashion,” the show, which ran from 13th-16th July saw some of the biggest names including Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren introducing their inspirational lines for spring 2016.
So, here are the four key trends to look out for:
Layer It Up
Why wear one shirt or jacket when you can wear two? Layering has been a big feature this week with cotton or leather military style jackets and mens designer shirts worn unbuttoned and donned casually over t-shirts and vests.
Layering adds texture and movement to an outfit, breaking up a silhouette for a cool, contemporary image.
Mess It Up
Crisp suits and immaculate tailoring have their place in the city but sophisticated styling was given a nonchalant, edgy twist this week as several designers including Michael Kors and Todd Snyder ditched formal menswear conventions in favour of something altogether more interesting.
The uniformity of the suit has been replaced by comfortable, lightweight, tactile cottons and linens that wear well and take on their own urban, dishevelled appeal throughout the day.
Tip: Look for relaxed-fit chinos and distressed-look, soft denims in earthy browns, blues, greens or pastel hues.
Mix It Up
No matter which trend is in right now, at its heart men’s fashion is and always will be about fun and as you might expect, there were some bold looks taking to the runways and streets of New York this week.
Images courtesy of Vogue Street Style
Admittedly, these are not looks that everyone can pull off but the philosophy that fashion is an extension and expression of individuality is one that’s easy to adopt and apply to everyday wear on the high-street.
Tip: Be brave and clash patterns, add splashes of colour and mix up formal and casual pieces to create a look that’s all your own.
Dress It Up
Socks are out and accessories are very much in. Shades, satchels, hats, braces and umbrellas were all prominent features on the catwalks and the streets of NYC this week.
Get the look
Whether you consider yourself conservative, quirky, eccentric, silly, rebellious or serious, the right accessories can refine your style preference by injecting it with a little personality.
Although the menswear on display this week is intended for next spring, the trends for layering and cool, lightweight clothing are ideal for a British summer, so get ahead of the fashion game and get involved now.
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