We’ve identified some trends that have emerged over the past week.
Another fashion week is upon us, and it’s the time for trend forecasters to put their money where their mouth is. As we all know, trends seem to trickle down from the runways and into our closets. Even if we don’t have the coin for couture, these trends filter down to everyone – by means of some kind of osmosis. So, why not be ahead of the curve? We’ve gathered together four trends that Milan Men’s Fashion Week can’t seem to get enough of.
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Starting off with the obvious, there’s been a ushanka or ‘trapper hat’ craze on the runway this MFW. Everyone and their mother has been salivating over DSquared2’s Fall/Winter 2023 menswear collection – and it’s not hard to see why. A clear reference to the label’s Fall 2004 collection, this latest runway was a Y2K dream – full to the brim with huge, furry headpieces, including ushankas. Fendi carried that same thread, featuring an array of knitted trapper hats embossed with the Fendi logo. If a trapper hat tickles your fancy, just one scroll through Ebay, Depop, or Vinted and you’ll find a lot of these going – knitted, faux fur, and real fur – on the cheap.
Speaking of fur… aside from accessories, fur was here in a big way this season. In the aforementioned DSquared2 runway, it was everywhere you looked. That said, JW Anderson held its own, offering up some ferocious fur ensembles. Famed for taking camp to the highest degree, JW Anderson sent a major fur coat moment down the runway. This look was glam down to the toes (which were covered in campy frog slippers), and it just looks so incredibly warm to be in. I guess fashion doesn’t always have to be impractical, as fur is the perfect way to keep warm and look hot this winter.
Go big, or go home
If big, grand moments are on the agenda, then the entirety of MFW offered that up in spades. Compared to last years’ men’s fashion week, the silhouettes have had some sort of a growth spurt. The clothes take up more space, as they’re much baggier. Of course oversized clothes have been ‘in’ for forever, but look at Prada for example. Its Fall menswear collection last year was slightly oversized – but there was an emphasis on cinching the waist, and retaining shape. This year, the forms are simply just – exaggerated. Fendi also took a page from the same book, offering up large-scale silhouettes, and most notably including an insanely oversized scarf. We’re very here for this.
Haven’t you heard? Social currency is no longer determined by how many friends or followers you have. It’s determined by how easily your clothes can turn into pillows, at the drop of a hat! Ok well not quite, but, both JW Anderson and Prada took quilting to the next level – offering straight up pillows. This campiness is expected from a subversive label like JW Anderson, but Prada has always appealed to the classically chic crowd. This sprinkling of camp was quite unexpected, but it was welcomed nonetheless. Who knows? Maybe it’ll catch on. Either way, it’s a win for sleepy people everywhere.