While the women’s fashion schedule seems to be in a state of flux, the men’s show season continues to go from strength to strength – in both buzz and brilliance – with Spring/Summer 2017 proving to be a sartorial melting pot that saw new ideas bolstered by those that have been bubbling away for the past few seasons, but bettering with each incarnation.
Take the bomber jacket, for example: the menswear staple transcended its military roots to become a veritable showpiece, with jackets bedecked with embroidered badges and embellishment aplenty courtesy of Gucci’s Alessandro Michele and Phillip Plein. It wasn’t just the humble bomber that got an embellished update, however, with denim, suiting and accessories all benefiting from a bit of bling.
"Embellishment aplenty comes courtesy of Gucci’s Alessandro Michele and Phillip Plein."
Military influences were felt more generally, too, with the perennial menswear trend celebrated at Valentino via head-to-toe utilitarian looks as well as camo detailing, while the traditional print was given a digital makeover at Givenchy and splashed across oversized outerwear – a trend in itself that will give good reason to smile on dreary summer days.
Calling out for sunshine, however, were Cuban influences, which appeared in everything from the nation’s namesake collar – seen at Kenzo, Lanvin, McQ Alexander McQueen and more – to Valentino’s more literal interpretation, in the form of cigar box prints.
Elsewhere, stripes were causing a stir, with Tiger of Sweden and AMI looking to deckchair-style stripes to elevate everything from shirting to shorts, and Olivier Rousteing sending out souped-up rainbow stripes at Balmain. Those who prefer to give a more subtle nod to trends would do well to stock up on Thom Browne separates, identifiable to those in the know thanks to four signature stripes that wrap around the arm or leg.
And Mr Browne can also be counted on for suiting; the slim silhouette the designer favours prevailed in all four fashion capitals, with cropped hems often completing the look. Socks or no, let the likes of J.W.Anderson, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana help you make up your mind.