Men’s fashion has had its ups and downs over the years, as guys ditched the traditions of their forefathers for the looser more “casual” approach to dressing adopted since the ’80s. This has not been an altogether bad transition, although I do want to point out that a puffer coat and Packer hat should not be […]


Men’s fashion has had its ups and downs over the years, as
guys ditched the traditions of their forefathers for the looser more “casual”
approach to dressing adopted since the ’80s. This has not been an altogether bad transition, although I
do want to point out that a puffer coat and Packer hat should not be the only winter
wear a man should have in his closet! Taking a look at fashion-forward menswear has brought me to the
conclusion that guy’s clothing is being worn more fitted and it’s more
flattering to today’s gym chiseled physiques. For the contemporary male searching out sartorial splendor,
the looks shown here should provide him with some helpful inspiration during
the dark days of winter here in Wisconsin. 

 


The movie Mad Max wasn’t far from my mind when I
photographed this presentation. It was during a group show of Asian designers at
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in NYC. For the life of me I cannot find the name of the designer, so apologies to them and you for that gaffe! Soft shapes were juxtaposed with hard lined
outerwear looks for men this (nuclear) winter. While some pieces here hewed to the traditional takes on
military styling, others were more fanciful, and included waterfalls of leather
fringe as well as a supple leather skirt on one of the rather pouty androgynous
gentleman. Leather was used
throughout the collection but my favorite were the black leather sleeves, which
added interest to one of the boxy coats. Furry collars could also be seen here although I got an Adams Family vibe from that particular coat! Caramel, camel, grey and black fused their somber tones to create a
rich landscape of texture for the futuristic dandy that this designer
envisioned. Layering in
traditional outerwear along with many of the elongated shapes is also a nod to
the direction men’s outerwear has been taking for quite a few seasons. Do you think these looks are extremely
fashionable or just somewhat depressing? You the consumer will always be the judge of what you want to spend
your money on, and what you want to look like, so take the ideas presented here
as food for fashion thought…or not. For more of my musings and style stories check out  fashionfarmboy.com.  

 

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