Mens fashion weeks are happening, giving us an idea of what Spring 2016 is going to look like. It should be pretty cool! I’ve notice a few “trends” in the collections shown in both London and Paris and I thought I would share via a few mood boards of what I see. Let them play like flashcards of what to do next year at this time.
Purple is my favorite color which made me very pleased to see it fairly prominently displayed in shows from Hood By Air, Dries Van Noten, Commes Des Garçons, and more. The purples here are big and exaggerated, the center of attention in a new way of expressing the masculine. The designers aren’t using purple as a compliment either: purple is the shit. Please dress me in these, please.
Bad Baby Boy
Like the purple, the idea of the boy was all over runways. They had their little hats and matching shorts and they did their best to look tough despite almost comical clothing. There is a lovely tension here between adulthood and boyhood that I very much appreciate. Bad baby boys are in style: resurrect the pacifier pendants.
The desert is in. Duh. From Kenzo to Balmain to Umit Benan, there was a great sense of the desert being a frontier we’re ready to conquer. Yet, it wasn’t just sands and dunes: it was all folded into deep blues and evergreens. You had collections like Junya Watanbe’s and Sacai, who all seemed to make the desert more than sand: they were a kaleidoscope of exaggerated naturalism.
Likewise, the juxtaposition of oranges and yellows and reds were married with darks. The idea of dark citrus fruits were what defined the best parts of Rick Owens, Songzio, Dries Van Noten, and Commes Des Garçons. You will get your vitamin from things that are not literal fruit next year.
Finally, red—like purple—was a dominating color. It dominated climaxes for Louis Vuitton and Craig Green, using the color to explore nautical nature and bloody intensity. An all red outfit certainly makes a statement: you’ll be the rosey dick of 2016.