It’s no secret that men are dressing less and less traditionally with suiting taking a back seat to urban and streetwear looks. Working from home may have made wearing a suit unnecessary for many males because dress-down Friday wear is now the norm. Sweatpants and comfy hoodies are the new uniform for entrepreneurs to tech titans and fashion brands are on-board with this—designers like Virgil Abloh and collections like Fear Of God have influenced everyone from Gen Z to Millennials. But there are many menswear brands that go the conventional route too—options and individualism are what men want and brands are happy to supply them. With that in mind we’ve reviewed a cross section of the latest fashion runway shows and presentations from Millan to Paris for fall ‘23 season. Take a look and see what appeals to your style whether it’s for your wedding or for the everyday.
Plein Sport hosted a rip-roaring presentation in Milan in which Philippe Plein also debuted his ground-breaking concept truck and mobile store that will travel across Europe offering sporty options on the go. The collection focuses on functionality and is engineered to support an active lifestyle—comfort and technical attributes are at its core. From mountain hiking to your daily activities, Plein sport fits in with an active lifestyle with everything from technical jackets to athletic sneakers, all with that Euro-edge that Plein does so well.
For Fall/Winter 2023, the Tod’s Man carries on with his refined style and elegance of a Milanese entrepreneur. For Tod’s it’s all about exquisite leathers, suedes and other Italian fabrics crafted into garments that will work in a man’s closet for many years.The kind of pieces that become a wardrobe staple and are well worth the investment. The looks have that dressed down Italian style that you see on the streets of Milan—casual but elevated and full of understated style. Of course there were plenty of the iconic Tod’s shoes and leather belts on display. Everything a man needs to look chic and timeless.
These impeccably crafted sartorial menswear looks have a luxurious simplicity that Gabriela Hearst is known for. She’s infused the collection with pops of vibrant color and tonal suiting for a bold take on classics. She deftly uses recycled cashmere felt and repurposed wool as fabrications to create architectural pieces that will be perennials in a man’s wardrobe. Buying a Gabriela Hearst piece is an investment which will pay off for years to come.
If any brand can challenge the status quo of male stereotypes it would be the brothers, Dean and Dan Caton of Dsquared. They started their collection in 2003 and are still going strong. Their show in Milan was a mash up of styles with male characters from Western to preppy, styled in a lighthearted, fun and sexy manner. The show was a line up of teenage troupes, from “the geek” to “the jock” to “the goth” to “the emo”—”stereotypes that are broken up and put back together again with contemporary conviction, the freedom to be who you want to be.” You have to credit the duo for continuing to produce such lively mens (and womens) fashion that challenge traditional norms. After almost 20 years, they are still relevant.