Men’s Fashion Month Recap: Photos and Style Analysis From Europe
Remember some 18 days ago when I felt the need to explain the fashion month calendar to you guys? It was a doozy, I know, but we’ve come a long way since then (literally and metaphorically). Together we made it through our first tour of Europe in search of the best new fashion for men. (Four-word summary of the entire journey: Buy a big scarf.)
It was a privilege to be your eyes and ears in the market and the front (sometimes third) row. I hope you followed along as I shared my favorites in trends, collections, and fashion moments from London to Paris—by way of Florence and Milan. But if not, or you need a refresher, you can click through all our coverage below. Bookmark this page and come back and read at your leisure—you have until next August to master these trends.
The London Menswear Collections
London kicked things off with an impressive four days of fashion. I picked Burberry, Tom Ford, and Belstaff for best in show—but there was also a lot of undiscovered design talent there (like Craig Green, remember that name). I also saw some recognizable names put on runway shows for the first time, like Coach, and older brands, like Acquascutum, that returned to the schedule.
You can check out photos from many of the shows by clicking through the links below, but your key takeaway should be: Most things look just a bit better with a shearling jacket on top.
- Our Favorite Fashions From the London Menswear Shows
- Six Things We Learned From the London Menswear Collections
- The Most Bizarre Moments From the London Menswear Shows
- Street Style: Checking in at London’s Coolest Hotels
- Architectural Tour: The 15 Most Stylish Lobbies of London
- (VIDEO) From Costume to Collection: MR PORTER and ‘Kingsman’
- (VIDEO) Buyer’s World: Inside London Collections Men
Everywhere you look in Florence during the Pitti Uomo trade show, someone is showing off a different trend in men’s dressing. The city is taken over by dandified men, all wearing (and pulling off) madcap combinations of prints and patterns. They literally strut from their hotels to the Fortezza da Basso, for what is considered the season-defying event of men’s fashion month. (What, you’ve never heard of it?) This is where I saw trends like textured wool coats and knitwear (I’d even call them shlubby), autumnal jewel tones, and reversible outerwear. I expect to see much of this in the market next fall, and in your closet not long after that.
Your key takeaway here: Green is the new navy.
- 12 Photos Proving the Walls of Pitti Are the Most Stylish Place in the World
- Style Tips From Florence’s Gentlemen of a Certain Age: A Photo Safari
- How to Pull Off Italian Dandy Style and Not Look Like a Jerk
- What You’ll Be Wearing Next Fall: 7 Trends From Pitti Uomo
Milan Fashion Week
There was a head-to-toe camel look by Boglioli from day one of Milan’s menswear week that I described as “easy luxury.” I’d like to extend that sentiment to the Milan collections as a whole. Designers from Fendi to Etro all emphasized a new style of formalwear: dressing down to dress up. The result was a season of wearable fashions in rich colors and bold shapes. And scarves. Lots of scarves.
Key takeaway: For people who hate their necks, there will be a lot of chances to cover them up in the coming seasons.
- Runway vs. Reality: Fur You Can Actually Wear From Milan Fashion Week
- What You’ll Be Wearing Next Fall: 7 Trends From Milan Fashion Week
- Runway vs. Reality: Giant Knitted Scarves From Milan Fashion Week
- Eight Best Menswear Collections From the Milan Menswear Shows
- Runway vs. Reality: Can You Wear Those Baggy Pants From Milan Fashion Week?
- Coffee House Tour: Wake Up and Smell the Street Style in Milan
Paris Fashion Week
Paris is always a global meet-up for clever dreamers. The designers who show there not only hail from the French capital but also from countries like Belgium and Japan. They often have a flair for the dramatic; their collections tend to feature flash over content. So while I appreciate their asymmetrical capes with drop crotch culottes, what I am really looking for is clothing that real men (that’s you!) will actually wear. Surprisingly, Paris delivered that this season, in spades.
Key takeaway: Luxurious basics can make a statement just as strongly as weird conceptual items. Case in point: The gorgeous Berluti collection made me forget that another designer, Rick Owens, sent models down the runway with their balls hanging out.
- Four Parisian Menswear Brands You Probably Don’t Know But Should
- Look Down! The Most Stylish Shoes Seen on the Streets of Paris
- Runway vs. Reality: What Is a Teddy Bear Coat, and Will You Wear One Next Year?
- Four Things We Learned From the Paris Menswear Shows (So Far)
- Runway vs. Reality: Hats Worth Wearing From Paris Fashion Week
- The Eight Best Collections From the Paris Menswear Shows
Nic Screws is the style director at Bloomberg and has been reporting from Europe's menswear shows all month. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter and follow Bloomberg Pursuits on its new Twitter handle, @luxury.