The Doneger Group filled the room once again Tuesday morning as retailers descended on the Mandalay Bay Convention Center for a few pointers on key men’s wear trends for fall.
Among the most salable opportunities for the trend-setting young Millennial customer, according to the Doneger team, are updated prints including plaids, double-face fabrics and mixed media; quilting; distressed finishes, and “fast-fashion accessories,” including patterned socks, pocket squares and “statement bags.”
Outdoor-inspired apparel, driven by a trend toward ath-leisure, is also a driving force for fall, according to David Wolfe, creative director.
“It’s my favorite word for fall,” he said, noting that the look — which takes true activewear and crosses the technology and fashion references into the everyday wardrobe — merge comfort and functionality and will “drive our modern world.”
Tim Bess, men’s fashion trend analyst, said this translates into textured knits, color-blocking fashion sweatpants and tech outerwear.
On the flip side, Bess said a “post-casual business mix” is also a highlight of the season. This updated way of wearing tailored clothing includes sweaters with suits, sport coats, printed dress shirts, slim-fit trousers and contemporary slim neckwear and accessories.
Patty Leto, senior vice president of merchandising for Doneger, said men’s wear sales rose 5.3 percent in 2013 to approach $60 billion, and that these gains were driven by the Millennial customer who was drawn to “innovation and newness. They’re choosing comfort, performance and fit,” she said, noting that the men’s market is “more dynamic than ever. Change is happening and men are embracing it.”
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Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
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In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
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“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye