The biggest fall 2022 trends for men – WWD

Finally, it’s time to transition from an overtly casual outfit. Dressing – and the return of capital F fashion – were the main messages of the men’s fall collections presented in Europe in January. Some of the main trends include the return of the chic suit, the exceptional overcoat, a new version of the legendary preppy and the dark but classic black as the main color of the season.

Coats that turn heads

Prada, one of the most talked about shows this season, showcased a compelling assortment of on-trend outerwear. Among the best examples was a red leather belted number with powerful shoulders from the 80s. Other notables were the faux fur coat by Egonlab and an elongated animal print style by Jil Sander, another master of sophistication and sartorial precision.

Preppy revisited

Love it or hate it, preppy is making a comeback. But don’t expect the repressed old-school Ivy League style. The new preppy plays with genre fluidity and sensuality. At Versace, the traditional argyle cardigan was turned on its head and presented as the perfect subversive country club sweater ensemble (all that was missing was a pearl necklace). Other favorites include a fitted sleeveless polo romper from JW Anderson and a boxy ’90s varsity jacket from Virgil Abloh’s latest Louis Vuitton, arguably one of the best collections of the season.

Back to black

Fashionistas wear black? Innovative. Still, this dark monochromatic statement was the dominant color of the season and managed to intrigue. The head-to-toe black looks not only exuded a touch of mystery, but reinforced a slick, sleek and sophisticated message. Rick Owens, the king of black, continued his dark gothic exploration with a show full of directional silhouettes, while Vetements kept things darker than dark with black masks.

The classy suit

Kim Jones’ tribute to Monsieur Christian Dior on the occasion of the French house’s 75th anniversary has become the most directional exercise in chic sartorial dressing. It revisits the classics of the double-breasted suit and propels the return of the elegance trend to new heights. Brioni’s legacy never felt more timely with programming steeped in evening references, while Ermenegildo Zegna’s exploration of young costume felt effortless and ready for business.

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