The looks going down the runway at the various Fashion Weeks across the globe can be extreme in both their styling and avant-garde approach. While they tend to exaggerate what’s eventually worn on the street, Fashion Weeks allow you to catch onto trends – and take stylistic cues – that you can then apply to your own wardrobe.
Menswear designers definitely stepped it up a notch for their Fall 2021 displays, packing in plenty of references and hints that you can use when you next leave the house. Among the key take-aways it seems Ivy League style is making a comeback, we’re ready to dress for the apocalypse, and a long coat is something all men need in their 2021 wardrobe.
Salvatore Ferragamo - Backstage - Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2021-2022 via Getty Images
Showing a Bit of Skin
Over the past year, many of us have been stuck at home, dressed head-to-toe in sweats while dialling into Zoom meetings. And it seems the designers on show at Men’s Fall 2021 Fashion Week were keen to turn this around, wanting us to ditch the oversized stay-at-home look, and replace it with some skin.
Rick Owens FW21 GETHSEMANE
One of those to flip the script was the legendary and slightly controversial Rick Owens, who sent shredded male models down the runway in thigh-high boots and long jackets, completely naked underneath except for tight, white underwear. While on the extreme side, Owens is known for setting trends. Another iconic brand to suggest that men need to expose some more flesh was Our Legacy. Although not as intense as Rick, OL sent Drain Gang–affiliated Stockholm producer Yung Sherman down the catwalk rocking a long, double-breasted coat with no shirt underneath. While this doesn’t mean you can start strutting down the footpath completely naked, maybe try slightly unbuttoning your shirt or wearing shorter shorts to elevate your fit.
Gorpcore has become an integral part of the current menswear scene, with its roots deep in the survivalist and outdoor clothing world. For Fall 2021, designers took notice of this developing trend, and some even played on the idea that those interested in gorpcore are also preparing for the apocalypse. It kind of makes sense when you think about it, because in the past two years we’ve experienced a few scenarios that could hint at the end-of-the-world. A natural reaction to this would be to prepare, so it’s not unreasonable to suggest that there’s a slew of dudes out there subconsciously dressing for the end!
So, why not get your gorpcore on, and be ready if the apocalypse arrives? Dress in technical fabrics, cop jackets with a ton of pockets, wear pants that are functional, and stunt in kicks that are comfortable. Even if the world isn’t actually ending, dressing with that theme in mind is pretty cool, and might come in handy if the day does dawn any time soon.
Ivy League Style is Back
There have been rumblings within the fashion world for a while now that Ivy League style is making a comeback. And the Fall 2021 Menswear collection from Grace Wales Bonner strongly supports that theory. The range explored the relationship between Jamaica and London with a collection that focused on black students, intellectuals and scholars. That said, the background, styling and vibe screamed East Coast Ivy League.
Get ahead of the curve, and get your Ivy League on. Cop the basics first, such as bermuda shorts, clean Oxford button down, blue blazer with brass buttons, and khaki pants. Then you can put your own modernised spin on it, elevating the style similar to how Wales Bonner did, by wearing striped long sleeved zip-ups or baggier pants.
The Longer the Coat, the Better
Long coats have always been a winter staple for guys that like to spice up their outfits, but Fall 2021 Fashion Week saw a noticeable uptick in elongated jackets. Angelo Urrutia of 4SDesigns, Jonathan Anderson’s Loewe, fashion legend Dries Van Noten, and Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton all showed long coats that were the cornerstone of their collections.
The beauty of a longer coat is that it can be worn in any scenario, so they’re worth the investment. It can be dressed down with a hoodie, or spruced up with a shirt and tie. But however you choose to wear it, get in early on the trend.
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