Post-pandemic fashion is getting bolder and bolder, and not just for women.
The recent surge in evening wear for women, categorized by sexy and nude styles like Mugler’s thongs and sheer catsuits, heralded a big change in menswear. Recent Spring 2022 shows featured a wave of styles that champion experimentation and fluidity, according to a new report on Spring / Summer 2022 men’s clothing from product intelligence firm Trendalytics.
Burberry’s “Universal Passport” collection offers a prime example of this fashion freedom, the report notes, with models dressed in cutting-edge elements like leather and faux piercings that Burberry Creative Director Riccardo Tisci, compared to the free spirit of youth and a daring attitude. The collection also featured bold prints, best represented in a standout look that combined cherry red skinny pants with tunics soaked in the phrase “Universal Passport”.
Text prints were also featured in Jil Sander’s collection, with neutral lettering punctuated by cheerful accessories like a bright orange hat and bandana scarf.
Bright colourways are also integrated into the extravagance theme of the season. Trendalytics drew particular attention to lime green, cerulean and light blue, which saw year-over-year increases of 12%, 14% and 3%, respectively. The designers played with the ombre hues, as evidenced by Etro’s lime green and yellow suit and Hermès’ orange and pink sweater cardigan.
And while bright colors seem to be the palette of choice for clothes that make a splash, when it comes to costumes, designers are going for pastels, according to the report. Pastel purple, blue, and green were among the most popular shades of names like Diesel, Fendi, and MSGM.
Rapper Travis Scott made waves when he walked the runway for Dior in looks from their latest collaboration. Showcasing a palette of sunset pink, cactus green, and earthy brown, the collection incorporates natural elements while pushing down gender barriers. He also highlighted the influence of music on fashion, as evidenced by rapper Kanye West’s successful partnership with Gap.
Not only is men’s clothing becoming more experimental with color, it also continues to test the concept of gender.
British fashion designer Erdem Moralioglu celebrated his foray into men’s clothing with floral fabrications, tapering seams and cropped hems mirroring his women’s line. Draping fabrics such as satin and silk are also both up 17% from last year. Casablanca, Loewe, Dior and Diesel have all included the classic feminine material in their men’s collections. Gender neutrality was also spotted in the fine details, with split and scalloped hems featured by Louis Vuitton and Dior.
Gender fluidity is emerging as a top search term, according to global fashion shopping platform Lyst, which reported that gender-related keywords have jumped 33% since the start. of the year, while press and social media mentions for genderless fashion terms increased 46% in May.
“Prep Leisure,” which Edited predicted to be important for fall 2021, continues to grow in popularity. Defined by sleeveless sweaters, straight-leg pants and college prints, the trend merges with streetwear for a modern update. Sweater vests remain strong for spring, as the collections of Paul Smith, Bethany Williams and others show. Other preppy patterns to watch out for are checkerboard prints and vertical stripes, up 30% and 23%, respectively, from last year.