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2017 was dominated by huge headlines—and large manufacturers. Here’s the most effective of what may need slipped by way of the cracks.
2017 was, if nothing else, a cacophonous yr. Each headline introduced a recent outrage, every tweet a brand new distraction—sufficient to overwhelm even the savviest information shopper. The males’s fashion scene offered a welcome distraction from the A1 pages, however it was no much less filled with noise. Raf Simons, Gucci, Supreme, and Virgil Abloh’s relentless hype machine all conspired to dominate fashion in 2017. Admittedly, this group was chargeable for a few of the most artistic and profitable collections, campaigns, drops, and collaborations of the yr. But the collective thirst for all issues fashionable had a means of drowning out a number of the subtler storylines. Here, we collected the 10 males’s fashion collections, manufacturers, drops and tales you may need missed amidst the craziness. You’ll be listening to rather more about them within the yr to return.
London Fashion Week: Men’s
When Burberry left the London Fashion Week: Men’s schedule final yr to point out throughout ladies’s week, it appeared like London may grow to be an afterthought to the juggernaut fashion weeks in Milan and Paris. But in 2017 a grip of rising designers introduced new power to the January and June exhibits. Three Central Saint Martins superstars made a few of the most enjoyable clothes anyplace: Wales Bonner, Kiko Kostadinov, and Craig Green. A-Cold-Wall and Martine Rose additionally held down the runways with their buzzy streetwear collections, and E. Tautz and Casely Hayford made English tailoring look model new. Plus: JW Anderson. Jonathan Anderson’s invite to headline Pitti Uomo in June proved that London is again.
Fendi Spring-Summer 2018
But top-of-the-line (and most slept on) exhibits of the yr was in Milan, the place Fendi pulled males’s fashion again from Demna Gvasalia’s outsized, decidedly un-sexy normcorporate brink.
Engineered Garments’ Shoes
It’s no secret that Nepenthes is one in every of our favourite shops in New York. Not solely is it the house of Engineered Garments and Needles, nevertheless it has probably the greatest shoe flooring within the metropolis, stocked with uncommon New Balances, paneled Trickers, and Malibu sandals. And this yr that’s the place probably the most superior shoe collabs of the yr dropped (sorry, Kith). After re-upping their killer customized Dr. Martens (above) and Vans, within the area of three months Engineered Garments launched hikers with Danner, sneakers with Gola and Converse, mocs with Timberland (that includes a DMX lookbook), and extra Dr. Martens (monkey boots this time). And they’re not slowing down: look out for Engineered Garments x Hoka in early 2018.
Blondey McCoy Not Dying in “Palasonic”
London fashion wünderkind Blondey McCoy is a person of many skills. He skates and models for Palace, has had half a dozen solo artwork exhibits, and designs his personal skate model Thames London. He additionally managed to stroll away from this encounter with a rushing London cabbie whereas filming a bit for Palace’s new video “Palasonic.” All we will say is: by no means take Blondey as a right.
Plenty of fashion awards smack of phoniness, however not the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, which rewards one worthy model with a cool $400,000. And this yr Telfar pulled it down, an enormous win for Queens native Telfar Clemens, who based the unisex model in 2005. Clemens additionally designed unisex uniforms for White Castle and its 10,000+ staff, accompanied by a capsule assortment of unimaginable White Castle T-shirts. But moderately than money in on the hype, 100% of the capsule’s proceeds go to serving to minors on Riker’s Island make bail—probably the greatest advocacy tasks of 2017.
A$AP Nast x Converse
Tyler the Creator deserves all of the hype he acquired for his Flowerboy Converse collab, however in the event you didn’t save room in your closet for A$AP Nast’s mid-century-inspired Converses, you bricked it.
Luke and Lucie Meier’s Jil Sander
In a yr when fashion homes shuffled designers like enjoying playing cards, one appointment stood out: Luke and Lucie Meier going to Jil Sander. Between the 2 of them, the married couple has one of many longest resumes in fashion. Most just lately Lucie labored for Raf Simons at Dior, earlier than taking up his duties after his departure; Luke designed at Supreme for eight years earlier than founding OAMC. Their debut cruise assortment was rolled out quietly, however featured a few of the greatest layering in any lookbook launched this yr.
While the world went nuts for all issues Vetements and Balenciaga, a Berlin-based collective began beating Demna at his personal recreation. That can be GmbH, which confirmed two seasons of extremely styled club-kid workwear. (And an superior Helly Hansen collab.) Former Yves Saint Laurent and Zegna designer Stefano Pilati (above, strolling of their newest present) is into it—you ought to be, too.
Fashion in 2017 felt like one lengthy nostalgia journey, so it’s solely becoming that it noticed the rebirth of Fiorucci, a Milan-based model that outlined fashion within the ’70s. Fans of previous included Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Madonna, and a younger Marc Jacobs, who all made the E. 59th Street retailer a legendary hangout. Best recognized for denim and wild, eclectic graphics, beneath new house owners Fiorucci began rolling out product this spring at its London retailer—the actual check shall be when and NYC flagship returns subsequent yr.
Last however not least, GQ Style launched a weekly podcast referred to as Corporate Lunch. And we couldn’t reside with ourselves if we allow you to miss that. Above, GQ Style’s Will Welch and Noah Johnson talk about the large fashion tales that outlined 2017.