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Fashion Trend Report: What to expect for menswear in Fall/Winter 2021

Published: 2021-08-18

In what we may refer to as the third phygital fashion showcase to have taken place since last year, trends for the upcoming Fall/Winter 2021 season have been presented via an array of digital runway videos, virtual look books and barely-there FRow presentations.

The year gone by, has had drastic impacts on not only the fashion and apparel industry, but also the entire world economy – and as fashion always mirrors the voice of the times, this season is no different. We see a direct translation of the happenings around the world find an outlet in the fashion trends set to make an impact in the time to come.

From artsy escapes to comfort first and luxe lounge wear clothing, there has been an uptick in pieces that are in sync with the demands of the consumer today.

There is a stronger precedence over purchasing pieces that will last one longer, quality over quantity as the world comes to terms with all that has transpired in the past year as a result of mindless actions and reactions on the part of humans. Sustainability garners a bigger focus, with brands focusing on upcycling and recycling and making fashion out of fabric scraps in an ode to protect and safeguard our planet and the interest of our future generations.

Fashion is serious, but at the same time it is fun – designers and brands play around with motifs, textual prints voicing the mood of the times, bright colours, vivid patterns and statement silhouettes.

The Fall/Winter 2021 collections proved that high fashion labels such as DiorLouis Vuitton and Isabel Marant, amongst others, are balancing the need for escapism communicated via fashion, with the need for practicality and comfort.

Apparel Resources explores the same and presents a trend report on the latest themes to watch out for in the upcoming winter season.

Read on to discover!

MAXI COATS

Lengths gain prominence as designers and high fashion labels alike embody the same for menswear silhouettes for the upcoming season. Maxi coats in particular gain momentum – think voluminous shapes with wide lapels, flaps and hardware buckle detailing.

A wide array of options open up with a slew of materials coming centrestage– be it metallic patent (faux) leather, fur, wool, knits, shearling, et al.

Design details include puffer maxi coats, graphic rendered detailing à la Fendi, Checks à la Louis Vuitton, optical illusion animal prints as seen at Sean Suen, amongst others.

PATTERNED KNITS

If there’s one thing the predecessor year has championed in terms of fashion, it is comfort first clothing – and one thing that tops the list of characterising the same is big, roomy silhouettes.

Keeping in line with the same, it is no surprise that knitted sweaters are enjoying an extended moment of popularity amongst men. What’s different, you ask?

Well, referencing the mood of the past year, the fashion and design industry is channelling a ‘feel good’ theme to uplift and promote positivity and hope.

In comes a dash of brightness and light heartedness which is brought about by fun patterns and prints over statement sweaters sure to cast an impact in the coming months.

TURTLENECKS

Turtlenecks for winter? Ground-breaking, isn’t it?

Many of you might wonder why this particular detail is featuring high on our trend report for the Fall/ Winter 2021 season – well the answer to that question lies not in the detail itself but rather in the way one styles and wears it.

This season around, the creators of fashion place great emphasis on layering techniques. Some cases in point include that of Jil Sanders, where one can note chunky knit turtleneck sweaters being worn under tonal knit shirts and bonded overcoats which feature contrasting patterns over them.

Wooyoungmi features oversized and slouchy turtleneck sweaters that are paired with jackets as well as overcoats – in complementary colourways. Whilst at Prada, we notice neutral hued turtlenecks worn under chunky polo neck shirts and jacquard body stockings.

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CAMEL HUES

Partly influenced by the heavy dose of nostalgic 1970s mood embracing the industry since the past few seasons, and in part by the ongoing trend shifting towards minimal living and fashion, the menswear runways see a major influx of camel hued, tan coloured, caramel toned colour palette gain prominence.

The Fall/Winter 2021 menswear showcases were awash with camel toned colourways which inject a sense of warmth and balance. Seen at Etro, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Tods, Loewe to countless others, this colour is a sure-shot trend to watch out for in the coming months.

ARTSCAPE

In times of chaos and socio-economic meltdowns, history is proof that art and music have always served as an outlet to escapism – voicing the mood of the times.

That voice gets stronger this time around as well, as the world slowly crawls towards recovering from the pandemic that plagued much of last year.

Utilising garments as their own personal canvas, designers and high fashion labels alike presented artsy prints and scenes to add character to otherwise monochromatic runways.

For the upcoming frostier months, the emphasis is on abstract art, paint splashes and spatters, camo prints, animal faces (and not just animal prints or stripes), human faces, etc.

PUFFER JACKETS

Quilting details and padded silhouettes emerge as the latest wardrobe staple as international fashion designers further the outerwear scene for Fall/Winter 2021.

Keeping in mind the dipping temperature associated with the coldest time of the year, designers embrace extreme padding once again and translate it beyond just outerwear – into loungewear, eveningwear and knitwear as well. Andrea Crews and Dolce and Gabbana present ‘duvet dressing’ looks that showcase a cape which can easily pass of as a blanket, featuring extreme padding and quilting techniques.

A Cold Wall presented an interesting garment wherein the collar and hoodie of the puffer jacket combine to create a mask like covering in sync with the times, whilst Boramy Viguier presented two-toned puffer vests.

Fendi upped the game this season by presenting a slanted take on quilting patterns, whilst Casablanca and Kidsuper kept the streetwear aesthetic alive by showcasing bomber puffer jackets and abstract print puffers, respectively.

PJ PARTY

Taking a page from the ‘comfort first’ trend book, and weighing down on the situation the world would be in seven months down the line, it is safe to gamble with the on-demand piece of the times – i.e. the Pyjama.

Work from Home (WFH) formats have lent a huge boom to the loungewear category which has expanded to now be known as luxe loungewear. Think drawstring pants, PJ’s in slinky fabrics, sleepwear-inspired looks, knitted two-piece sets, long johns, roomy pyjamaset al – pieces that will keep you comfy and relaxed but at the same time, will have you all prepped up for a last minute Zoom call meeting notification.

The public is demanding, and the fashion industry is more than responding to their demands by catering to the need of the hour: comfort, hassle-free clothing.

BURGUNDY

Symbolic of luxury, sophistication, power and vigour, burgundy is all set to make a sartorial splash on the world of fashion come Fall/Winter 2021.

Flashes of tones from the family of red colourways have been a mainstay in women’s collections since the past few seasons, and this time around, the deep hue is all set to steal the limelight from its counterpart by serving head-to-toe monochromatic looks that create a statement.

The trick here lies in creating drama by mixing different tones of the colour.

Acne Studios went for an eclectic take pairing printed slouchy pyjamas with a bright red waistcoat, whilst Boramy Viguier presented a slew of options in velvet right from bomber jackets, to hoodies, to bathrobe-inspired coat styles.

Brunello Cucinelli juxtaposed tailoring with outerwear by layering a burgundy hued hoodie under a blazer in one look, and layering a burgundy hued puffer over a beige coloured tonal look in another instance. Burberry presented plush leather varsity inspired sleeveless jackets paired with skirts in an unconventional look, Dior Homme presented a unique take on camo by mixing it up in burgundy and deep blue hues descriptive of royalty.


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