Trends for Autumn Winter 2016 from the Fashion Weeks of the World


Fashion Weeks from around the world can be somewhat overwhelming with style in general, and trends in particular, being defined for an upcoming season. Inspiration overload is bound to grab you from all sides, mess you around and then toss you out, feeling even more unsure than when you started.


So, herewith for your fashion consideration, an analysis of three different fashion weeks in three totally separate cities – London, Milan and Paris. Use the designers’ inspirations to help you stay ahead of the fashion game or to just reinterpret your own sense of style, as we head into Autumn/Winter 2016 down here in South Africa. 


1. All In One Piece

All In One Piece Mens Jumpsuit for AW16

Man, am I over the moon about this! Jumpsuits are slowly but surely making their way back onto our fashion radar. Designers like Etro, Jil Sander and Damir Doma are making them cool again. You can easily ground them with an easy knit like a turtleneck or layer them with some great outerwear. They’re functional and help you transition between seasons. You should treat them like the warm weather equivalent of overalls. 


2. Velvet Underground

Velvet Underground for men for AW16

Velvet made an unexpected surprise on the runways. No longer a fabric that seems to be exclusively worn by dapper dandies, not to mention James Bond, it’s reestablished itself as the textile of the season. If you’re looking for texture in your wardrobe then try a tailored velvet blazer.  Bally nails this trend by pairing their purple velvet tuxedo jacket with an effortless daytime ensemble. This trend was also seen at Bottega Veneta, Gucci and Roberto Cavalli.


3. Roll Up and Roll Out

Turtleneck knits for men for AW16

For those with sensitive necks, turtlenecks will unfortunately continue their reign well into next season. But for the rest of us, they’re the perfect layering piece. Just look at Bally and Brioni’s Autumn 2016 shows, where turtlenecks are layered under just about everything. If you’re too lazy to decide on what to wear under your suit, drop your dress shirt for a turtleneck.


4. Check Mate

Check patterns for men for AW16

Check prints will be everywhere this Autumn/Winter. They were seen in most designer’s collections, including Etro, Antonio Marras and Brioni, just to name a few.


5. Draping Dusters

Draping dusters for men for upcoming AW16

Incredible outerwear, by no surprise, resurfaced as another key trend. Once temperatures begin to drop, you’ll definitely have no problem finding a suitable jacket or coat to serve your needs. London-based duo Casely-Hayford designed a selection of dramatic floor-length parkas that immediately piqued much interest. Not only are they head-turners, but they’ll literally keep you warm from head to toe. This trend was also seen at Y/Project, Moncler Gamme Bleu and Juun. J.


6. Statement Suiting

Statement suiting for men for the autumn winter 2016 season

Let’s just be clear: these suiting options are not for the modest. Bold prints, strong colour and a lot of texture is the name of the game. Unless you’re very interested in making a grand entrance, it’s probably best to break these suits apart by wearing the blazer, vest or pants as separates. Plus, you’ll get a lot more use out of them from the multiple outfit options. Moschino, Bally and Alexander McQueen made a statement with their suit selections.


7. Cartoon Couture

Cartoon couture in mens fashion for autumn winter 2016

Get ready for fashion to get very animated. Images of comic book heroes, Japanese manga, Mickey Mouse and pretty much the entire cast of Peanuts were plastered all over outerwear and pretty much anything wearable. This cartoon connection was noticed at Dsquared2, Philipp Plein, Iceberg and Gucci.


8. Metallica

Metallica in mens wear for AW16

Versace’s head-to-toe silver ensemble may not be for the feign of heart, but a subtle pop of metallic can give any outfit an extra edge. Italo Zucchelli at Calvin Klein sprinkled his brand’s signature collection with hints of gold layered under coats and jackets. This trend is manageable in small doses, such as pairing metallic footwear and other accessories with a monochromatic ensemble. Metallics also ruled at Z Zegna and Katie Eary, among others.


9. On the Right Track

Track jackets for mens wear for upcoming autumn winter 2016

Track jackets are gearing up for a major comeback. Their return is a result of the athleisure trend colliding with the fashion world’s recent interest in nineties style. Unlike a varsity or bomber jacket, a track jacket can easily be layered under heavier outerwear. They’re the perfect seasonal transition piece for your wardrobe.


10. Nineties Youthquake

Nineties youth culture in mens fashion for AW16

Autumn/Winter 2016 is going to smell (and look) a whole lot like teen spirit. Synonymous with grunge, tattered sweaters and loose and baggy silhouettes, the early nineties experienced a major revival on the runways. Nineties youth culture, heavily influenced by alterna-rock and urban music, inspired designers to revisit their childhood through their collections. Standout pieces came from Coach 1941’s salute to old school hip-hop (à la LL Cool J) and Raf Simons’ rough-around-the-edges ode to collegiate style. This trend popped up everywhere including in the collections of Astrid Andersen, MSGM and Etro.


So there you have it, some trend inspiration straight from the runways of the fashion capital’s of the world! Which trends appeal most to you and how will you interpret them in your style, this coming season?


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