With Summer hurtling past us, the time has come to start contemplating key pieces for the fresh looks that will be gracing our wardrobes in the coming seasons. More than ever before, thinking ahead means looking back and reviving classic styles from bygone eras. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the biggest trends for Autumn/Winter 2017.
Since the breakthrough of Gosha Rubchinsky, the fashion world has been obsessed with rekindling Soviet nostalgia and bringing elements of a rapidly vanishing culture to the runway. The boundless romanticising of Soviet history has resulted in designers adopting elements of an aesthetic once considered gauche, which has led to the somewhat surprising trends gracing the Autumn/Winter 2017 fashion weeks. Think sportswear, baseball caps, gold chains, padded bomber jackets, bootleg designer clothing, and sweatpants tucked into sports socks. Essentially, if you scoffed at it 10 years ago, it’s back in vogue now. Update the look by experimenting with scale and texture; combine slim-fit with oversized pieces for a bold silhouette, or team a long mesh shirt with sweatpants.
Looking back further still, we see some of the most notorious looks from the height of the Cold War era making a comeback, with the runways awash with an 80s-inspired autumnal palette of neutral tans and chocolate browns. As reported by GQ at the beginning of the year, camel was everywhere during Milan fashion week, making it a staple for the Autumn months. For a modern twist on this mid-century look, update a camel two-piece with a splash of navy, or introduce a bold print for contrast.
In keeping with the 1970s revival, corduroy is also currently enjoying a renaissance. Once thought of as the height of kitsch, this fabric was resurrected for Autumn/Wither 2017 in every shade from taupe to chestnut brown. Channel those old-school vibes with corduroy jacket or team a crisp shirt with a smart pair of burgundy corduroy trousers from a traditional outfitter, for a timeless, understated look. If you’re not sure where to find these more traditional styles, heading online is your best shout – the classic luxury brands are a good option, but Peter Hahn is also especially good for this look.
Since the swinging 60s, mustard yellow has re-emerged time and time again on the runway, and as the sun sets on summer, the bright hue shines a ray of light into the world of men’s fashion once more. This boldly conspicuous but versatile colour has gone through a series of reinventions over the years. Combined with a palette of amber, ochre and tawny tones, this warm yellow evokes the last days of summer while retaining a hint of Woodstock nostalgia. For a sharper, more modern take on this look, pair mustard yellow with denim or monochrome details this autumn.
A divisive yet enduring article of clothing, the roll neck sweater, has materialised once more across catwalks for Autumn and Winter. Channel mid-century vibes by wearing a slim-fitting roll-neck in a dark hue. For a more daring, modern variation on this trend, experiment with proportions by opting for a slouchy, thick sweater, as popularised by Drake in his ‘Hotline Bling’ video.