By Stephen Garner
It’s sure to be an interesting fall season with an abundance of patterned outerwear, oversized trousers and the continuation of the double-breasted suit domination that were hot standouts this season at the Paris men’s FW14 collections. Designers are really seeking to breathe some life into menswear this fall. With great prints that are everywhere from outerwear to sweaters, to the large proportions of trousers being shown, menswear is definitely on an more directional upswing.
The king of patterns and prints this season undoubtedly goes to Raf Simons. His collaboration with artist Sterling Ruby to make this collection was nine years in the making, and boy did the wait pay off. Simons’s collection, in my opinion, was the most inspiring one of the season. Other noteworthy designers to show this trend include: Valentino, Saint Laurent, and Haider Ackermann.
An unexpected trend this season was oversized, baggy trousers. A resurgence of the 1980’s and 1990’s is definitely back. Not limited to sweatpants, designers this season used traditional dress trouser fabrics featuring this renewed silhouette. Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci used this new trend well in his basketball-themed show. Comme des Garçons, Acne Studios, and Lanvin all explored the over-sized trouser this season.
Updated offerings of this classic style are a welcomed continuation this fall. Double-breasted suits impart an undeniable elegance, and there was no shortage of them on the Parisian runways. Berluti, Louis Vuitton, and Thom Browne were hugely successful in their delivery of this trend. Double-breasted suits are sure to be a highlight in stores this fall.