Australian Fashion Review Blog has scoped the European markets for the latest menswear trends that are gracing stores. From Paris to London via Berlin and Milan, we highlight some of the key menswear fashion trends that Australian labels are taking inspiration from.
For the Autumn/Winter 2012 season, top-to-toe black is one of the stronger menswear trends – featuring predominantly in sharp tailoring and suiting, it is a trend that is effortlessly sleek and stylish, perfect for both the office and the evening. The Gothic palette is broken up my mixing textures and fabrics, to add depth and shape to the whole look.
Pitch Black (L-R): Politix, Autonomy, Hugo Boss (Image Source).
As Seen In: Politix Autumn/Winter 2012, Autonomy Autumn/Winter 2012, Hugo Boss, Autumn/Winter 2012.
While it is all about the 1960s and 1940s for the girls, it is all about the tailoring of the 1950’s for the men for the Autumn/Winter 2012 season. Think lots of plaid suiting, double breasted pea coats, three piece suits and v-neck sweaters.Featured trousers have a slightly wider leg that gives a traditional masculine feel. Not ready to go all out for the trend? Then choose traditional materials such as wool and tweeds to reference the ultra smart and stylish era in a contemporary way.
Also a stand out trend for womenswear this season, the coat is not just a cover-up this season – it is a statement, set to be the key piece in your winter wardrobe, so invest well. There was plenty of statement styles that were popular on the winter catwalks – duffel coats with traditional toggle fastenings; military and aviator style coats with plenty of shearling detail; fur trimmed coats to add a touch of luxe; double breasted jackets in bold plaids that tap into the 1950s trend; and shiny sportswear-inspired jackets suitable for a super stylish camping trip.
Luxurious leathers were all over the Milan catwalks and it is a trend that seems set to take the Australian menswear market by storm for the Autumn/Winter 2012 season and beyond. There is a wide scope for experimentation with the luxe leather trend, be it with leather trousers teamed with a cosy turtle neck, over-sized leather belted coats worn over suits; sleekly tailored double breasted leather jackets; long sleeved leather tops; leather shoulder and lapel details and finally leather gloves, which are best worn with sharply tailored suits in heritage style.
Also a key womenswear fashion trend for Autumn/Winter 2012, cobalt blue is set to add some vibrancy to the season. It is a colour that suits almost all skin tones and hair colourations, so don’t be afraid to wear the shade top-to-toe, breaking up the silhouette my mixing textures and fabrics.
As Seen In: Jack London Autumn/Winter 2012, Jac + Jack Autumn/Winter 2012, Herringbone Autumn/Winter 2012.
Red or Dead
Jewel tones were all over the menswear catwalks, but it was cobalt blue and ruby red that really stood out for the Autumn/Winter 2012 season. A versatile trend, the red can be worn colour-blocked in sleek suiting, as statement outerwear, or as simple knitwear teamed with slate grey or black to create a striking contrast.
Red or Dead (L-R): Jack London (Image Source), Courtney White, Kings of Carnaby (Image Source).
As Seen In: Morning Theft Autumn/Winter 2012, Jack London Autumn/Winter 2012, Courtney White Autumn/Winter 2012, Kings of Carnaby Autumn/Winter 2012.
The Turtle Neck and Cosy Knits
A favourite of James Bond and his fellow spies, the turtle neck is back in a big way for the Autumn/Winter 2012 season, with luxurious wools knitted into classic roll neck sweaters, in autumnal hues – think mustard, grey and cream. The turtle neck is not the only knitwear star of the season – super cosy knits in multi-coloured wools, statement mohair and cable knit styles.
The Turtle Neck and Cosy Knits (L-R): Zanerobe, Upper Left Arm, Louis Vuitton, Paul Smith (Image Source).
Less is More
In a complete turn around from the 1950’s tailoring that is a key trend this season, Minimalism has been a dominant feature on the Paris and Milan Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 catwalks, and it is currently working its way into the Australian market. Think sleek lines using monochromatic colour palettes that are reminiscent of ’90s elegance.
The Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 collections from Dolce & Gabbana and Prada were very much inspired by Victorian and Stately Home interiors – this trend seems set to be popular in Australia this season. Popular elements of the look include plush velvet blazers, silk pyjamas, flocked wallpaper effect tailoring, robe-style coats, tapestry-inspired slippers and gold filigree detailing – it is a trend full of decadence and luxury.
Interior Designs (L-R): Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Chris Ran Lin, Etro (Image Source)
As Seen In: Dolce & Gabbana Autumn/Winter 2012, Prada Autumn/Winter 2012, Chris Ran Lin Autumn/Winter 2012, Etro Autumn/Winter 2012, Jeromy Lim Autumn/Winter 2012.
Many collections of the Autumn/Winter 2012 season have had a distinct vintage western feel – think multi-button waistcoats, pony hair coats, shearling jackets, distressed jeans studded belts, cowboy hats, neck scarves and a rich earthy colour palette. Be careful when wearing the look head-to-toe as to avoid a costume-style look – get it right and it is the perfect rugged masculine look.
As Seen In: Band of Outsiders Autumn/Winter 2012, Band of Outsiders Autumn/Winter 2012, Extinct Autumn/Winter 2012, Dsquared Autumn Winter 2011-2012.