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Menswear Fall 2014 Trend Report

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The Menswear Fall 2014 Shows presented in London, Milan and Paris the second and third weeks of January, 2014 are what fashionistas live for.

Gone are the days of the single uniform for Men. The man in the grey flannel suit? That concept seems like a million years ago.

Men now have the luxury that women have always had…the indulgence of choice.

There were so many extravagant, opulent and lavish silhouettes to describe, that this particular Fashion Trend Analyst is finding it difficult to choose. Grueling work, reviewing fashion shows.

Let’s start with London:

January 6, 2014, Topman Design.

Trend: Mixed Media.

Seen over and again, the message was clear: mixed fabrics in a single piece. A perfect example, Topman’s leather and wool jacket makes an ordinary all wool blazer seem obsolete. Chocolate brown leather over dove grey wool and coordinated brown leather straight pants. Sublime elegance.

Milan:

January 11, 2014, Versace.

Trend: Appliqued Jeans.

When doesn’t Versace “wow” us? Killer full length, rich burgundy leather jacket and leather appliqued details on blue jeans. If that wasn’t enough, Donatella realizes that cowboy spurs, normally positioned on the back heels of the boots, won’t provide the full impact, when Adonis walks through the door, so she places the gold “spurs” on the front of the boot. Donatella, we salute you.

January 11, 2014, Dolce & Gabbana.

Trend: Printed Graphics.

We’ve seen this trend before and now we see this look filtering into men’s suits. A Milan duomo printed on your trousers? Hey! Why not? At least you’ll be positive that no one else at the party will be sporting a cathedral on their pants.

January 12, 2014, Prada.

Trend: Grown Up Orange.

As previously forecasted, the orange of last season has grown up and is now offered in a burnt cognac shade, deep, rich and energetic.  This is a must have color.

January 12, 2014, Vivienne Westwood.

Trend: Vivid, Bold Prints.

Vivienne Westwood never disappoints. Resplendent, vivacious, bold prints, on pants, bomber jackets, shirts, everything! A glorious expression of youthful, fun pizazz.

January 12, 2014, Salvatore Ferragamo.

Trend: Horizontal Bold Stripes.

The classic Hudson blanket re-invented. Once again, burnt orange, this time blended with variations of taupe, chocolate and deep brown, in a sophisticated overcoat.  Prediction: Purchased by a man, borrowed by a woman.

January 11, 2014, Costume National.

Trend: Textured Knit Jackets.

Texture, weaves, unusual patterns and variations abound in a wonderfully sophisticated horizontal printed jacquard.  Look for this trend all over the menswear market.

Paris:

January 16, 2014, Balmain.

Trend: Mix it Up.

What doesn’t get thrown into the mix at Balmain? Camo, outdoorsy modern hunters styles, sophisticated color blends, textures, animal prints, and a most elegant jacket that looks as if a Hussar in full military regalia was crossed with a zebra. The embroidered outcome is so very delicious and so very French. Oo-la-la!

January 16, 2014, Louis Vuitton.

Trend: Collarless Suits.

Louis Vuitton always presents a sophisticated fashion statement. But something curious comes to our attention. Gorgeous, elegant, very European styled suits, shown with collarless shirts. Not what the men’s furnishings industry wants to see. Americans should step lightly into this trend. Horizontal stripes and a heavy dose of cognac were also in attendance.

January 16, 2014, Dries Van Noten.

Trend: Multi-Fabric Trousers.

This is a must have trend, as it was seen on so many runways. Why have one fabric when you can have dozens? Adding depth, variation, texture and excitement, this trend provides unlimited expression for creative designers.

January 16, 2014, Issey Miyake.

Trend: Stripes.

We can count on Issey Miyake for always providing the “to die for” pieces. Seen everywhere, bands of varying thickness, from subtle thin lines of color to bold stripes.  Here is the spectacular raincoat of the season. Notice the pants sporting the previously encountered multiple fabric trend.  If it’s possibly for a mackintosh to be inspirational, well, this one reaches new heights of awesome.

The Menswear Fall 2014 collections were a feast for the fashion connoisseur. I recommend sampling everything from the smorgasbord. Enjoy!

 

Fashion Trend Analyst contributor: Diane Weisbeck.

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