Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Future of Mens Formal Wear

While New York fashion week has its good designs but, avant-garde doesn't usually leap right off the runway and find its way into the mans domain. However, some emerging trends relevant to formal wear were seen at fashion week and definitely worth mentioning.

On the surface, fashion runway shows seem anything but practical. Peer past the spectacle and fanfare, however, and menswear presentations offer plenty of clues regarding future trends that all men can use to update their own wardrobes. AM will be seeking them out next at Montreal’s fashion week in early March.

Cuffed Pants

Our first glimpse of a cuffed comeback came in Quantum of Solace: the clean lines of Mr. Bond’s Tom Ford-designed suit concluded in a pair of neat pant cuffs, complete with hidden button tabs to maintain the perfect break. For his fall 2009 collection, Italian menswear designer Domenico Vacca followed 007’s lead; his elegantly tailored suits were cinched off with cuffed legs, making them all the more crisp. This emerging style isn’t limited to suits -- provided you stick to a slim cut, a pair of casual cuffed pants will pair very nicely with a classic white oxford shirt (squared off with rolled-up sleeves).

Crumpled Jackets

After years of being paired with jeans, the sports jacket has again settled into its heritage as a casual garment. Form has followed function, and the jackets on display at New York Fashion Week were loose, baggy and deconstructed. Diesel may have taken the crumpled aesthetic a bit far with their built-in stains (pictured above), but we like the thinking behind it. Our recommendation for a sloppy but sharp sport jacket is the Woolrich Woolen Mills Pen Jacket.

From Bastian’s Walt Whitman-themed event to the jazz background of the Diesel show, American heritage was a consistent theme at New York Fashion Week. And when it comes to menswear, nothing is more American than a pair of beat-up jeans. Enter Justin Timberlake, a pretty boy who has nonetheless earned our admiration: first by hooking up with Jessica Biel, and then by launching the William Rast fashion label. JT’s contribution to the Americana movement took the form of leather and denim. Of particular note were the short-cut denim jackets (pictured above), and though the William Rast models are a bit out of most men’s price range, both UNIQLO and The Gap offer very smart, well priced versions.

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