Men’s fashion for 2016 is as trendy and daring as women’s fashion and we love it. Milan, being the fashion capital of Italy and one of the biggest in the world, sees hundreds of designers and fashion trends pass through its doors each year, but only the best of the best make it to the runways.
Much like the 2016 trends for women, designers for men have also taken a lot of inspiration from previous decades like the 70s, mixed with very current and edgy elements. From business wear to casual street wear, here are the hottest fashion looks for men to try out this year.
For spring, Prada proposed short shorts while Dolce & Gabbana looked to the east for inspiration for their laid-back and silk pyjama looks. Gucci went a different route, introducing florals to challenge conventional notions of male dressing. DSquared2 went the alternative route with a tattoo theme, using a parade of men in skin-like inked bodysuits. Giorgio Armani remained true to his ideas of relaxed, elegant dressing in cool grey shades.
There is also a very big military influence in the warmer months’ fashion forecast with some designers taking a more literal approach. Umit Benan fully embraced the theme modelling styles off revolutionary leader Che Guevara. Others like Canali played it subtle with a simple safari jacket or a desert-inspired look.
Perhaps tying in with the military theme but taking a different, more retro approach, many designers injected collections with a touch of camouflage. Dior Homme updated the preppy look with camouflage, while Neil Barrett combined and shirt and jacket look in the same print. Ermanno Scervino mixed a floral shirt print with camouflage jacket for the wow factor.
Moving away from skinny jeans for men (although they will not be completely disregarded), designers are leaning more towards comfortable and relaxed trousers. Giorgio Armani, Tiger of Sweden and Dries Van Noten all opted for simple but elegant statements with high-waist, comfortable trousers.
Summer trench coats will be the biggest men’s trend this year with many of the designers at Milan Fashion Week showing looks with the flowing, oversized coat that can be worn with just about any outfit.
Autumn will see layers being favoured, with plaid coats and cardigans layered over tartan shirts. Made to be manipulated, the classic prints took on many colours on the Milan runways from an abundance of plaid shirts in reds to rich dark hues and buffalo checks for more bold effects.
Versace is using fine fabrics which hang close to the body, with the trend being long tunics untucked beneath a suit, biker or bomber jacket. Calvin Klein wanted to capture “the spirit of ease”, with informal white t-shirts and palm tree motifs offset with features such as detachable pockets.
Accessories for men also get an upgrade this year with backpacks a central focus. Going back to the 90s way of thinking, but with a much more fashion forward approach, brands like Bottega Veneta reinvent and revive the classic backpack.
Another accessory taking one from the 90s books are caps. Perfect for casual spring and summer looks, Calvin Klein went with darker hues to accompany white t-shirts. Versace and Balmain opted for tan caps instead.
Maintaining casual, yet put-together looks, 2016 sees the rise of the humble slip-on shoe. In a range of materials for spring and summer, the options are endless with the latest styles and shapes which provide easy and polished finish. Be sure to keep trousers well tailored when trying out the slipper shoe trend, maintaining the outfit balance.
Great for cooler summer days and autumn going into winter, long scarves are trending in versatile colours and thinner fabrics. Adapt long scarves for casual days or wear them with the more corporate looks. This accessory is a great accompaniment with a light summer jacket. Burberry Prorsum kept colours rich with burgundy, while Missoni went with washed out patterned scarves for a laid-back look.
It seems men’s fashion is borrowing some more feminine aspects, but coupled with strong masculine colours, fabrics and cuts to create the ultimate modern male look, the likes of which have rarely been seen before.
By Sarah Coughlan