From a season so inspired by observing reality, AW17 menswear has re-interpreted a time of bold statements and sentiments which undid the refined minimalism of previous seasons. Monochrome colour palettes are replaced by colour saturated collections featuring post-apocalyptic prints and enlarged typographical jacquards.
At Stella McCartney there is a sense of relaxed humor, ironed-on style slogans such as ‘Members and Non-Members Only’ and ‘No Smile No Service’ can be seen alongside screen printed graphics and Speedway jacquard heavy knits and slogan-ed socks. J.W. Anderson presented jovial prints of characters and medieval French stained glass windows, seen alongside oversized and exaggerated knit sweaters adorned with yellow and white checked patches and frayed hems. AMI translates classic menswear codes into modern statement making striped and checkered pieces with an underlining ‘90s aesthetic in vibrant yellows, reds, blues and blacks.
At Gucci classic romanticism is realised by Alessandro Michele in the Italian-made collection of challenging and vibrant colours, fine fabrics and the playful use of the iconic Gucci logos and slogans. The ‘Loved’ Jacquard Wool Crew Neck Sweater features an all-over jacquard that runs across the piece in red and cream stripes. At Missoni the bold and colourful chevron design remains a prominent feature with pieces spun from pure Italian cashmere in both black and white and multicolored jacquards. Saint Laurent‘s AW17 collection perfectly balances hard-edged romanticism with an everyday aesthetic which is narrated further through bold prints such as the ‘Bouche’ featuring crossed out smoking lips, which adorns oversized t-shirts and Italian cut leather jackets.