The men’s market will be driven by four overriding themes for spring: technology, expanded heritage, tailored clothing and omnishopping.
That was the message at The Doneger Group’s Mobility in Menswear presentation prior to the opening of the MAGIC/Project trade show in Las Vegas on Monday.
Rapidly changing innovations in technology are showing up in a variety of ways in spring collections. This includes performance fabrics and activewear influences in the designer market, tech bottoms, shirts with bold colorblocking, graphic prints and tech accessories, said senior trend analyst Tim Bess.
The expanded heritage trend is visible this season in everything from bright plaids for the updated prepster, all-American workwear, distressed denim and luxe leather biker jackets for the punk rocker to printed tanks, retro stripes and splashy prints in swimwear, Bess added.
In tailored clothing, the Millennial man continues to drive the market with slim fits, classic seasonal fabrics, subtle patterns and a dark, saturated color palette. Vintage-inspired neckwear and cool accessories such as flower lapel pins also serve to brighten the market. RELATED STORY: Five New and Noteworthy Additions to Las Vegas >>
Being connected 24-7 is also impacting the men’s market. In fashion, this translates into a print explosion in everything from tank tops and woven shirts to bottoms. Extreme peg pants, colorful footwear and accessories round out the picture, Bess said.
“The men’s market has experienced healthy increases over the last five years,” accounting for $57 billion in sales, said Patty Leto, Doneger’s senior vice president of merchandising. The strength has been driven by new fits, proportions, fabrics and colors that are being embraced by the male consumer. If retailers continue to capitalize on the latest updates, they should be able to spark sales for spring and beyond.
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The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion
“I’m Russian and I love to use all these little tricks that I got from my grandma or my mom. We didn’t have a lot of money for creams or anything like that so we would use a garden as a beauty treatment regime. We’d put cucumber in the fridge and do a cucumber mask,” says model @irinashayk on one of her beauty hacks. WWD asked celebs what their go-to self-care rituals are. See what Naomie Harris, Freida Pinto and more said on WWD.com. #wwdeye #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)
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@duewestnyc is the newest bar joining the collection of intimate neighborhood-focused spaces in the West Village. The cocktail menu, which includes bitters and syrups made in-house, offers a “Build Your Own Old-Fashioned” – like the one pictured here – where guests can choose from a list of spirits and unexpected sugars and bitters. #wwdeye
Spotted at last night’s National Board of Review gala in NYC: Angelina Jolie. Jolie – along with Meryl Streep, @lupitanyongo and more – continued the all-black dress code from Sunday’s Golden Globes. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)