5 Reasons Why The Men's Collections Are Killing The Game
Unless you have been living under a rock, chances are you have heard about the buzz surrounding the current round of Men’s Collection shows taking place worldwide. The rounds started in London (my personal favorite fashion city) with a bang—Christopher Kane, Burberry and J.W. Anderson topped as favorites. Now in Milan—where Gucci and Prada just recently wow-ed fans, it just seems that the shows keep getting better. Is this a sign of the future of menswear, or simply a sign that designers aren’t playing any games in 2016? Either way, sign me up. Here are five reasons why the men’s collections are amped to change the industry as we know it.
1/ The Styling: Pajama dressing, over-sized silhouettes, cropped jackets, clear chokers and embroidery explosions, oh my. The overall theme? Fashion is fun for the boys again.
2/ The Models: Not even mentioning the fact that this season’s male models have upped the hotness level to unimaginable heights, brands are taking risks with their representation on the runway. Most notably at Prada, where Hari Nef—the transgender actress who stars in acclaimed series “Transparent”—made her Milan Fashion Week debut, wearing ravishing red, of course.
3/ The Young Design Talent: The newbies are always an exciting part of fashion season, and two of this round’s most buzzed-about are Craig Green and Grace Wales Bonner. Where Green focused on streetwear of the future that channeled a slight prison-garb feel, Bonner—who presented a collection as part of Topman’s Fashion East initiative—expressed a decorated showcase that was equal parts ’70s leisure and West Indies-inspired.
4/ The Androgyny: Unofficially labeled as a “gender-free zone,” the men’s collections have eased the transition into androgynous dressing thanks to carefree styling and gender fluid silhouettes.
5/ The Street Style: Where street style at women’s ready-to-wear always seems forced and ingenuine, the men’s attendees seem casual, cool and fashionably aloof.
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