PARIS Fall 2017 Menswear Collections… The Beat Goes On!
As the fall 2017 menswear collections from Paris march on we are getting a clear picture of the zeitgeist that is driving designers this season. Across the collections here, and in Milan and London before, designers are responding to the vexation and despair created by the geopolitical uncertainty of our times. Heavy, textural fabrics, layers and enveloping volume are common themes of these fall 2017 menswear collections providing a sense of protection and security.
The mixing and matching of layering addresses the need for individual expression as does the wealth of prints and patterns we’re seeing throughout these collections. From checks and plaids to herringbones and hounds-tooth, native themed prints and even florals, the extensive range of options broadens the vocabulary that is defining fashion this season.
Fashion also delivers an outlet for protest this season in the punk references and deconstructed looks.
Rules are challenged as designers introduce new twists on tailored clothing. Baggy, slouchy suits, soft-shouldered, elongated jackets and wide-legged pants offset the malaise of the times with comfort and casual chic. Still there are crisp, sharply tailored suits for confident and sophisticated power dressing.
For men seeking a more conventional masculine appeal, military references and American West influences should move at retail.
Outerwear plays a major role in most collections, presenting a kind of fashion armor to defend against whatever the elements may bring. Sleek, tailored topcoats are on the menu to make that polished entrance. But this season it is the play on proportion and volume that seems to dominate as designers seek to provide a sense of cocooning, another layer to deliver the sense of safeguarding.
And what could be more reassuring than the plush, soft comfort of fur and shearling. Perhaps the ultimate fashion armor, designers are delivering some of the most innovative and creative looks we’ve ever seen in shearling.
More from Paris to come….