Frankie Morello, FW2015
This fall, real men will be happy to know that it is socially approved for them to wear real colors. With a multitude of sophisticated colorful choices, no longer is color for women only. And what makes a color masculine or feminine anyway? Why would a particular hue or intensity not be considered manly? For example, the Frankie Morello dark red suit in the cover image … or the orange and blue jacket. They are strong colors, but they don’t insinuate “feminine”.
And, note the Paul Smith coat – soft and gentle, yet bright and unusual… and very suave. Plus, it lives happily with black pants. Gentle, but not girly at all. But couldn’t a woman wear it as well?
Paul Smith FW2015
Menswear collections from inventive designers like Kenzo and Ferragamo have shown crazy pieces as far back as 2012. Although they caught the interest of innovative men, we might have expected it to be a fad. Amazingly, they have slowly primed the wider market for an infusion of color, and this fall things have heated up.
You won’t find these pieces everywhere yet. At this point, they are offered by designers who cater to early adopters, those who know what they want to wear and wear it with confidence. Like the Moschino patchwork coat over yellow pants and boots, the Topman red, brown and white coat over the yellow jumpsuit, and Kenzo’s too-numerous-to-mention colors over pink pants.
But it’s moving beyond the early adaptors, beginning to influence the early majority. More conservative men see these clothes on the streets – everywhere – and they look good! As the average man becomes accustomed to it, he might realize that he can borrow a piece or two and not lose his manhood. He will go into the department stores, see the merchandising, and pick up something.
Remember, this is happening at the same time that the man-bun is hot – a hairstyle formerly reserved for women, now the epitome of machismo.
Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of Pantone, says in the Fashion Color Report for Fall 2015: “The Fall 2015 palette is rooted in multi-faceted, androgynous colors that can be worn to portray effortless sophistication across men’s and women’s fashion; it is the first time we are seeing a truly unisex color palette… There is one major distinction in the colors this season: A grand shift towards an evolving color palette that is not reliant on color distinctions typically assigned to each gender.”
As proof of that genderless theory, the Moschino FW2015-16 collection was shown on male and female models, wearing the same fabrics and colors. Couldn’t you wear either of these plaid outfits?
Where are you on this bell curve? Ready for only a little excitement? Then feel free to continue wearing your jeans, black pants and chinos, but pair them with a colorful shirt like Givenchy’s.
Or try this almost-regular-blue Kenzo coat, but with a slightly bright shirt underneath.
Or, are you ready to show how hip you are and attract women? Then move up a notch and choose a warm yellow jacket from Moschino, or wear a suave Kenzo coat in dark red with your boots. It’s so easy to join in and enjoy it.