Trends

Menswear Seasonal Direction FW 2010-11

Courtesy of Fashion Snoops

Three key menswear trend themes for Fall/Winter 2010-11, all include color palettes. Gangs of NY leads with references to 19th century crime bosses and gangsters. Road Warriors offers a hard and aggressive combatant aesthetic. Scrappy Revloutionaries, with its basis in making good in hard times, balances out the report.

Gangs of New York

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Gangs of NY Gangs of New York was sparked by Alexander McQueen and followed by many designers like Zegna. The look draws reference to the 19th century with characters from Bill the Butcher to crime bosses and gangsters that would be found in an impoverished Five Points battle in lower Manhattan. Some Victorian references are apparent in tailoring such as the three-piece suit and select outerwear styles, though skinny pants balanced out many looks. Sepia tones fill the color palette with antiqued neutrals set against black, brown and gray. Leather is relevant on items like the trench coat and accessories.

Road Warrior

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Road Warrior Road Warrior makes a very strong post-apocalyptic statement for the season. Leading purveyors of the look include Kris Van Assche and Gareth Pugh. A slick, hard and aggressive combatant aesthetic is realized through black attire and various grays with lots of leather for skinny pants and biker jackets. Metal embellishment exudes a rough look along with shredded jeans. Layers are composed of black on black or dark gray, which creates texture interest with hard leathers versus soft jerseys.

Scrappy Revolutionaries

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Scrappy Revolutionaries Scrappy Revolutionaries is yet another thematic reaction to today’s challenging economic times. The message is something of making good in hard times and so there are some Post-World-War II references mixed with a touch of Victorian styling that becomes apparent in items like cut-away jackets. Workwear is another key reference point shown with items like conductor pants with suspenders, work shirts and union suits. The color palette focuses on dirty chambray and yellow-cast khaki. Weathered and stained fabrics and chunky knits are worked in and bowler hats top off the look.

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