The Key Trends For Spring
Everything you need to know as you zip into the new season
Fashion is one of our most immediate forms of self-expression. But if what we wear truly is a reflection of who we are, then what do this season’s biggest menswear trends tell us about what it means to be a man in 2017?
Whatever you make of them, this season’s trends certainly are a colourful bunch, with pastel shades, camouflage at Dries Van Noten and even socks and sandals making an appearance at Prada. They speak to an increasingly liberated crowd, and reflect a newly experimental approach that men are taking towards the way they dress.
In that same spirit of experimentalism, we should add that none of the following trends should be considered a prerequisite to being well-dressed. Whether or not you buy into any or all of them remains wholly up to you. The best dressed man in the room will always be the one who is setting the trends, not following them. Nonetheless, here are the elements of style that we believe best describe what it means to be stylish in 2017.
For a pattern that was designed by the military to blend in, camo has a way of grabbing your attention. It comes out of hiding again this season, appearing at Dries Van Noten as a textile camo, Prada as an acid-neon camo and at Givenchy, where it’s been mixed up with a dollar bill insignia. All in all, it’s the pattern to be seen in this spring.
SANDALS AND SLIDES
A nomadic, wanderer’s spirit runs through this season’s collections, and perhaps no more conspicuously than at Prada, where the once-reviled sports sandal finds itself back in the spotlight. Elsewhere, the humble pool slide is taking off, with high-end reincarnations coming from Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta and Brunello Cucinelli.