If you ever get an urge to break out from the usual strictures of dressing, to break the style rules, run towards it. Designers are more than happy to cater to any man with the gumption to thumb his nose at timeless tailoring and classic colours.
Imagine, if you will, a Superbowl player exiting the locker room post haste for an after party in his finest Balenciaga suit, except he didn't have time to remove his protective padding. That goes some way to creating a visual for the audacious proportion play at work in Demna Gvasalia's debut menswear collection for the French fashion house. In many ways the super shoulder is a natural progression from the oversized silhouettes that have emerged in recent seasons.
Rather than the long, languid drape of loose-legged trousers or jumbo jumpers, however, this is a tailored take on the trend. Wide, exaggerated shoulders were seen on Balenciaga's overcoats and suiting but is arguably at its most wearable in the collection's more casual pieces. Statement shoulders feature on denim and shell jackets, as well as an army green bomber, cropped for a cool, urban matador vibe.
Submit to the subversive as fashion gets down and dirty with the bondage scene. Hardcore hardware is the order of the day. Dior Homme comes across as the dominant type, showing a propensity for harnesses (styled over tees or embellished onto suiting), rivets and D-rings wrapped around jacket sleeves, and shoes bound with straps and buckles.
Less a kink in the armour, more kink worn as armour. It turns out Louis Vuitton has a bit of a thing for dog collars, chains and padlocks.
The label's 'bondage blouson', with zip shoulder detail and studded collar, isn't shy about its intentions. LV's strap details snaking down the leg of smart checked pants are a more family-friendly nod to the theme. London label KTZ isn't so demure with leather cuffs, harnesses, sling neckpieces and gimp masks. It's all a little bit punk, a little bit Hellfire Club, but definitely NSFW.
Once seen as the preserve of impoverished school children and medieval monks, few could predict the rope-as-belt might cross over from improvised utility item to luxury accessory. But capped with metal aglets and knotted around Off White's pale, cropped denim, it's done precisely that.
Lanvin also got roped into the trend, but looked to the sportier, more colourful aesthetic of the climbing rope, employed as a decorative flourish one might dangle from a belt loop, attached via a stylised carabiner clip. Dior also has a fondness for climbing rope, using it as embellishment laced through black tailoring.
Style codes are replete with rules around colour: blue and green should never be seen; redheads ought to avoid wearing red, that sort of thing. Of all the colours on the spectrum, yellow is among the most maligned, with a reputation as being universally unflattering (the colour will wash out your complexion, it's claimed). Combined with a look-at-me vibrancy, yellow is a brave shade to adopt, but it's definitely having a moment right now.
A safe way to incorporate it is as a highlight on accessories like sneakers or bag by Hermés. That brand doesn't just play it safe, though, opting for a more outré approach, squeezing citrus hues over casual separates for a vibrant pop of colour next to earthy grey and caramel tones and going for gold, literally, with yellow-on-yellow runway styling.
Gucci also dabbles in bright yellow, restricting it to leather outerwear, while Rick Owens presents an earthier take, working rich saffron against chocolate tones. Yellow has obvious childhood associations with bird icons Big and Tweety, so making it work in the real world is about giving it a grown-up feel.
Think about it, is there actually a more manly garment than the all-in-one? Be it the mechanic's boilersuit or jumpsuits donned by astronauts and fighter pilots, coveralls are symbolic of the kind of tough, thrilling vocations many little boys (and, yes, little girls) dream about before they grow up and find themselves in a corporate desk job wondering where it all went wrong. Valentino and Vuitton are among the brands peddling this utilitarian style solution.
And if you're thinking this trend might run its course before too long, don't be so sure.
The romper suit for men is already making a bid for a place in your summer wardrobe. Chicago-based Aced Design launched a Kickstarter campaign earlier this month for its trademarked RompHim, a short-sleeve, thigh-length, Nehru-collared onesie the company hopes will 'revolutionise men's fashion'. If that seems a tad ambitious, Aced Design almost hit their $10,000 goal on day one.
At the time of writing they'd raised about 20 times that amount with a few weeks left to run. Resistance, it seems, is futile.
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