Cuban Collar Shirts
Cuban collars – those wide-open, almost notch-lapel like collars (connotative of Riviera chic, or acid trip Hawaiian shirts, depending on your reference points) – made their comeback in 2013, appearing on the SS14 runways of Louis Vuitton, Missoni and Canali.
But it’s only now, thanks to menswear’s relatively sluggish pace, that we’re seeing them actually hit the streets. It’s high time, too: airy, lightweight and a shade more refined than a crew neck T-shirt, these should top your holiday hit-list.
Denim is back. (Not that it ever really went away.)
Despite reports that show denim sales on a steady decline, fashion weeks saw several of menswear’s finest – including one vlogging super-celebrity – turn out in the tough stuff.
We’re not just talking jeans either. But denim overshirts, Western jackets, boiler suits… the list goes on. If nothing else, the fact these shots were taken in muggy 20+ degree heat proves that not even denim’s durable, absolutely-not-breathable construction dulls its lasting appeal to menswear’s trendsetters.
Luxury fashion, some would argue, is slowly falling to its knees, with blue chip brands like Burberry and Prada beginning to lose their foothold due to plummeting profits.
Other names, though, prove top-tier fashion’s influence is still writ large with designers such as Kim Jones (of Louis Vuitton) and Alessandro Michele (of Gucci) making things like embroidery – an adornment arguably most prevalent in frothy women’s couture and, you know, your nan’s wardrobe – a contemporary look for men.
Scenes outside SS17 shows saw embroidered shirts, jackets and jeans – proof that it’s time to get decorative.
Remember when bomber jackets were ‘edgy’? When they still had something of that military vigour, and tapped into the inherent shock value of skinheads?
Well, designers have cottoned on to the fact that modern-day bombers – owing to their ubiquity – are about as edgy as a comfy fleece jacket. Leading to them creating a slew of fresh takes on the classic MA-1, which run the gamut from all-over printed versions to variations on the sukajan, or souvenir jacket.
We’re not saying plain bombers are dead and buried, but it might be time for some well-earned leave.
They’re here. Finally. After what feels like an eternity (read: five years) of trumpeting wider-legged trousers as menswear’s new ‘thing’, we’re finally waking up to the myriad benefits of freeing our pins from compression garment fits.
Just in time for summer, too – a time of year when pulling on a pair of skinny jeans isn’t entirely unlike being subjected to a particularly cruel Spanish Inquisition torture method.
The SS17 circuit saw lightweight chinos, linen-blend trousers and denim all cut in looser (some tapered, some straight-leg) fits, proving Hedi Slimane’s legacy is finally withering. Your unmentionables have never been happier.