Fashion ain’t what it used to be. Where once biannual fashion weeks served as a sort of style crystal ball, letting us in on the trends that were set to make it big, today’s menswear calendar has splintered into a jumble of traditional shows, hybrid men’s-and-women’s shows and what are more accurately described as marketing stunts than shows – free ticket to the Givenchy FROW anyone?
It’s all very confusing. But while you could sit, sulk and bemoan fashion’s broken system, you could also look to the fact that while shows might not set trends alone, the men who attend them still do. Here are eight oven-fresh trends we spotted outside the menswear circus in London, Florence, Milan and Paris.
We won’t bore you with the usual ‘athleisure is a thing’ chat. If you’ve read anything about menswear in the last, oh, two or so years, you’ll know joggers are selling faster than suits and minimalist sneakers trump pretty much anything else you can put on your plates of meat. We get it. You get it. We’ll shut up about it.
But we’d just like to point out that, if what we saw outside AW17 show venues is anything to go by, tracksuits – actual full-on tracksuits, as in the kind you wore for sports at school when you were five – are now a 100 per cent legitimate fashion choice. Just thought you’d like to know.