Praying to the high fashion gods that these trends stick.
(Looks from Spring / Summer 2021 Men's Fashion Week / From left to right: Juun J, Maison Mihara Yasuhiro, WE11DONE)
Men’s Fashion Week Paris went completely online this season, meaning we all got to sit front row and center to witness the very first video-based MFW. From July 9 to July 13, fashion brands virtually showed us a sneak peak into the menswear trends for Spring / Summer 2021.
And we. Ate. That. Shit. Up.
We couldn’t help but watch some of the greatest trends catch fire from this season’s shows, but will these trends potentially fizzle out by Fall? God, we hope not.
So without further ado, here are some of Rowdy’s Men’s Fashion Week favorites that hopefully stick around for the long run:
Business wear, but make it casual
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Taking business casual to a whole new level, We11done came in and served us nothing but refinery. (I feel expensive just looking at them.) With a retro office theme, what stood out most to us was their interpretation of the “office” look.
Models attired in tailored dress pants and clean button-up shirts dipped in and out of the frame, giving our digital eyes a constant polished flow. Some layered waist chains made a friendly appearance, as well.
We11done is proving to us that blazers are not boring — Not if you wear them right.
Don’t be alarmed! SANKUANZ brought a whole new perspective on how business cleanliness can be incorporated into street style with this futuristic video presentation.
Who knew pantsuits could belong in the matrix?
Bring on the Layers
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Layers, layers and more layers! Juun.J shrouded their models in mystery as they strutted in head to toe layers of fabric. Giving us enigmatic elegance, this trend is dripping in sophistication and is lowkey kind of intimidating (in a good way, of course).
Even after The Muppets’ style throwback intro, Maison Mihara Yasuhiro was pulling the strings in the background to bless us with their impressive layering.
Maison Mihara Yasuhiro also gave us a taste of streetwear, a growing fashion phenomenon taking the world by storm. With hip hop and skater inspired themes, they used layering to their advantage and created something familiar, but unique.
For the Culture
With the culture conversation expanding in the media, designers integrating cultural influences in their work was a key point during MFW.
Yoshio Kubo’s collection is a fantastic example of this, placing his ninja-style creations against a historic Japanese background. The dramatic setting and the contemporary nature of the collection had us shook for the entirety of the video.
Creative Director of Loewe, Jonathan Anderson, took it upon himself to explain his use of age-old basket weaving techniques and Shibori (a Japanese dyeing technique) to create a traditional yet modern take on men’s fashion.
The media’s continuing to become more educated on the beauty of diversity and its cultures. So, hopefully this important trend stays for good.
As menswear continues to follow the ebb and flow of contemporary fashion, it’s inevitable that certain trends will fade away in due time. But as Men’s Fashion Week comes to a close, we can take note of which themes made a lasting impact on us and look to the fashion future with excitement.
Christelle Pierre is an Online Writer at Rowdy Magazine. When not writing, one can find Christelle holding a YA novel in one hand and an iced coffee in the other. She can be reached on Instagram @x.hristelle