Fix up, look sharp, fellas. What’s Hot has ploughed the spring & summer catwalks to bring you the most dapper new trends.
Return to the ‘90s
Remember how Oasis and Stone Roses used to rock a shell-suit back in the nineties? Well, these guys appear to be the unlikely style idols for 2017, in keeping with the wider groundswell of nostalgia for this decade. Nineties-inspired sportswear was out in force, including collaborations between high-fashion labels and sports brands – think Gosha Rubchinskiy x Fila and Vetements x Reebok. Haider Ackermann and Gypsy Sport were among those chaneling Adidas three-stripes. Add in the simultaneous trends for cargo pants, baggy jeans and dungarees, and it’s clear fashion is rewinding 25 years this season.
Sunglasses are bigger and bolder than ever, with crazy lens tints and super-thick frames trending. Acetate frames in kaleidoscopic color and pattern rocked at Kenzo; Dior Homme dazzled with Space Age silver lenses; Marni and Fendi showcased half frames in eye-catching colours; extra-chunky black frames stood out at Tom Ford. For chaps preferring to keep things classic, tortoiseshell remains as popular as ever, as championed by Gucci and Paul Smith.
Here’s some good news for any fella who isn’t built like a waif: skinny trousers may have had their day. Suits and pants are looking decidedly more billowy in the current collections, with baggier cuts, wider hems and often a cropped length. Whether it’s pastel chinos at Moncler and Marc Jacobs, workwear slacks at Balenciaga or even pyjama-style silks at Dolce & Gabbana, men can breathe easy that this season is a more capacious affair.
Home Run Headgear
Balenciaga, A.P.C. and Acne studios made the classic baseball cap this season’s “it” accessory. Their models wore the headgear in plain, muted colours and paired with smart casual outfits. KTZ and Dior Homme opted for simple black visors, more apt for clubbing than Wimbledon. If you’re ready for a more outlandish headwear choice, other designers plumped for military berets (Emporio Armani), sailor caps (Visvim), even a Paddington Bear-style Sou’Wester (Gucci).
From the palest lemon to highlighter-bright, to quote Chris Martin it really was all yellow. Wear this hue and you can count Salvatore Ferragamo and Alexander McQueen as sartorial kindred spirits. Some, like Damir Doma, went head-to-toe bananas, but if you fancy something more pared back why not team with tawny or tan separates as Rick Owens and Hermès did?
If you’re not quite on board with the canary yellow trend, how about a more wearable yet equally fashionable shade: stone. Somewhere between white and beige, this pale shade looked oh-so-elegant in the linen suits at Dries Van Noten, McQueen and Valentino. A sun-friendly alternative to stark white jeans, it’s perfect for our tropical climate and warms up all skin tones.