Fall 2011 Trend Report: Man in Black
Sleek and modern, fall menswear is a testament to “less is more.”
Had Johnny Cash not claimed “Man in Black” years ago, you—and the rest of mankind—might be vying for the title. Overwhelmingly, designers stormed dark territory for fall, but by no means should their current streamlined color palette read as a hall pass to stick to your trusty slim suit all season. In fact, more often than not, your staple has been reinvented—and perhaps no designer was more successful at proving the point than Paris-based Kris Van Assche. For his namesake collection, he replaced button-downs with sweatshirts, lapels with cowl necks and buttons on jackets (both weekend and formal) with exposed silver zippers. For Dior Homme, he fashioned a blazer-dress-shirt hybrid, paired with pleated (yes, pleated) trousers—all black. While the season’s overall mood is decidedly austere, add-ons are permitted—though they should make much more of a statement than a tie (even Hermés loosened the noose this season). Givenchy’s opaque tights and Mugler’s latex-look gloves likely fall far from your comfort zone, but simply strapping Versace’s ammo belt over your current go-to (as shown on the runway) could suffice as your accessory-centered ode to the trend de la saison: Black is the new black.
 Good As Blue
Make sleek, dark jeans your new casual staple. G-Star Raw jeans available at Blues, The Loop, 314.863.3600.
 Take Shade
Shun the sun in a thoroughly modern mask. Dunhill sunglasses available at Eye Roc, Central West End, 314.361.9900.
 Rockin’ Roller
Buy matte-black luggage, and travel in style. Tumi suitcase available at Tumi, Plaza Frontenac, 314.432.2360.
 Stash and Carry
Match your oft-pocketed accessory to your more apparent extras. J. Fold wallet available at Blues, The Loop, 314.863.3600.
 Darkest Hour
When considering timely wrist wear, black is best for fall. Burberry watch available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200.
 The Knitty Gritty
Take cover in the season’s coal-colored sweaters. Hugo Boss sweater available at
Moris Fashions, Central West End, 314.361.6800.
 Moody Two Shoes
Whether or not a black tie is required, black oxfords are a must. Bacco Bucci Studio shoes available at Sole, The Loop, 314.863.3600.
Photo credit: Photos by Carmen Troesser