Translating Trends: Fall/Winter 2016

Gucci (left), Roberto Cavalli (right)

Gucci (left), Roberto Cavalli (right)

This fall’s fashion is all about make a statement. Through an array of goose down coats, printed sweaters and bomber jackets, designers such as Rich Owens, Cavalli, and Raf Simons encourage a movement of men’s fashion unparalleled. As a result, some of these ventures can help the modern man keep relevant in his day-to-day dressing, and in other forms these tends offered an expressed so outrageous that they need be decoded so to relate. Here are the Do’s and Don’t for dressing this fall 2017 season. 


The Dos

Moschino (left), Burberry (top), Fendi (bottom)

Moschino (left), Burberry (top), Fendi (bottom)

Funnel neck: In its most exaggerated form to date, the funnel neck is the new turtleneck. Plus in its sweater form, this design will keep you cozy and warm. Thus, for innovation of a traditional style, the funnel neck is a trend setting piece of this season.

Burberry look a crisp white funnel neck layered under a dynamic artsy, box illustrated wrap coat and velvet trousers with dramatic frills dragging its ends. The pop of color given by this sweater is the attribute that will define all of its statements this season.

Translate this high fashion model into everyday by styling the sweater with an overcoat and simple trousers. The funnel neck sweater is the defining piece of an outfit this fall. Be weary of over styling with additional details to the sweater and complementing pieces

Keep the funnel neck sweater clean and crisp. Simplicity always made the best of statements.

The Color Pink: As the saying goes, real men wear pink. Now its not just the pink ties that set these bold, dashing gentleman apart. No, its their spirit for adventure and taking fashionable risks.

The flashiest of statements included Vivienne Westwood’s bubble gum pink two-piece suit, Off-whites’ full-length driving coat, or Moschino’s metallic brushed bomber jacket, pink toned button-down, trousers and combat boots. The admirable quality of these looks is how included the color pink into every aspect of the outfit.

Complete the look in pieces, this will allow the most of this new interest in showcasing the pink for fall.  Ease into statement with pink sweaters, cardigans or bomber jackets. Use these pieces as a guide to creating the rest of the outfit. Be slow to match different shades all at once, for this look could appear overdone. A monochromatic look can be achieved, but with particular attention to color and detail of patterns and design. The color pink is the best new way to achieve a pop of color this season.

Check Print: A good ‘ole check pattern offers a classic, traditional look.  The beauty of this print is that it is returning favorite for the fall season. In recent runway inspirations it was seen as a red, caramel and burgundy oversized double breasted overcoat for Gucci and in Fendi: a mix and matched blue, brown white fuzzed sweater paired to a black and navy and black wooly trouser.

Turn this runway look into a reality by focusing on the pattern of this color. This will control your shopping notions, in addition to figuring what you will be able to mix and match for the season ahead. The relationship between color and print is crucial for a checkered print: the embodiment of fashion.

The Donts

Versace (left), Roberto Cavalli (center), Dries Van Noten (right)

Versace (left), Roberto Cavalli (center), Dries Van Noten (right)

Full shearling coats: Walking down the runway like a giant hairball, the full shearling coat is a fashion statement, and yet far from a tragedy. Loewe and Dries Van Noten were runway inspirations of tasteful revelation of this trend. However, these are the idealistic versions of the exaggerated

The full shearling coat is an overload. So, introduce this trend through the details. Shearling on the collar of a leather jacket or on the cuffs of sleeves is the best way to fashion this statement in moderation. 

Chrome: The chromatic look is out of this world. Its pieces can relate to the whole galactic space ship aesthetic that is trending the up and coming brands of the industry. Other than that, the metallic look is uncompromising in its efforts to offer a pleasant mix and match other trends and fall favorites this season. 

Costume National brought the trend through a knee ribbed skinny jean as Versace went literal with its style and placed its reference to a ski uniform: a puffy ecru down jacket and silvery grey printed leggings. In itself, this couture look doesn’t work the trend in an explicit manner. But it gives its interest leeway, offering a model to how to translate this look into the art of everyday dressing. 

Full matching pajama set:  This is an interesting take on intimacy, which as aggressively and explicitly introduced itself to the industry. This comedic take on such forms of expression is done lavishly on the runway, and yet translates poorly into everyday attire.

Roberto Cavalli demonstrated the most of a statement in a black and white floral printed two-piece pajama ensemble, low v-neck tie top and regular fitting bottoms. It was a fabulous look

Understated, in a simple, non-printed Valentino did this trend elegantly: a black uniform with white trim on the lapel and collar of the blouse, and hem of the trouser.

Besides on night and on early morning dog walks around the block, or for cocktail parities that start at midnight, it is otherwise difficult to imagine where else this uniform can deem appropriate. For even in these environments, the matching two piece suit looks sloppy and ill-fitting to walk out the door, just as it would walking around in your pajamas.