Men’s Fashion Week served up fresh trends and confirmed some of those seen in London.
The relaxed jogger continued its rise, coming through in Milan as a top trouser trend. The newest versions lent a casual feel to classic smarter trousers, with elasticated waists and cropped, elasticated ankle hems. Typically reserved for the younger end of the market, these dressed-up takes on joggers, often worked in wool, merge the smart with the casual for a mature take.
Simple single-breasted suits were the focus for tailoring, with slimmer cuts the top trend. As in London, Milan’s designers also looked to subtle checks and tartans, while corduroy and velvet were confirmed as fabric trends to watch.
A lighter outerwear trend, short utility-style jackets offer a transitional buy that will appeal to customers between the seasons. Often in a cropped silhouette, featuring contrast collars and multi-pocket details, everyone from Prada to Salvatore Ferragamo created a version.
Another London trend confirmed in Milan was sporty quilted and padded jackets. Standing out as lighter and transitional pieces, they lent a casual outdoors and performance angle to many collections. Buyers should look out for thinner and lighter quilted styles and should push them as layering pieces, to go under the season’s other heavier outerwear trend.
Kenzo’s now iconic tiger face sweaters and Carven’s best-selling embroidered styles, whichhave become a signature since spring 13, have inspired other brands to leap onto thestatement jumper bandwagon for autumn 14.
A strong entry-price option for buyers, this season’s update sees slogans and logos emblazoned across chests, such asCalvin Klein’s signature fragrance names covering sporty oversized sweatshirts, and MSGM’s word stamps.
Fur has made a comeback in womenswear over recent seasons, and now designers have chosen autumn 14 to push fur and fuzzy textures for men. While some brands opted for the real thing (Fendi even paved its catwalk with goat fur), others went with faux fur or the less controversial shearling.
Continuing London Collections: Men’s focus on chunky outerwear, Milan’s catwalks were draped in traditional coats in classic silhouettes, with the city’s designers favouring double-breasted styles. The majority were longer in length, featuring wide lapels or shawl collars. While classic coats will be the commercial winners, buyers with bolder customers should look out for modern interpretations in pumped-up, oversized proportions.
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