January 4, 2017
By Candace Longfellow
OUR CITY-BY-CITY PACKING LIST FOR MEN’S FASHION WEEK
Despite the decision of many designers to forgo a dedicated men’s show in favor of mixed-gender collections, London, Florence, Paris and New York are gearing up for another month of new men’s fashion. Like the brands themselves, each city has a unique style all its own, requiring strategic packing on the part of the spectator. With that in mind, we’ve asked our expert, Men’s Merchandise Manager Mandy Rivas, to give her tips on what to pack for the next four weeks of shows.
From monarchy to afternoon tea, the Brits have a taste for tradition, so when it comes to clothes, your best bet is to stick with classic looks by well-loved heritage brands. “While London does have this great experimental side to it, nothing feels more British than the bespoke tailoring of Savile Row,” muses Rivas. Channel the sharp style of fashion month mainstays like David Gandy, and pack your sleekest suit along with dapper accessories like a structured bag, classic oxfords and an understated tie.
Italians are known for their razor-sharp tailoring, so first and foremost, your wardrobe should be extremely well-fitting. But be warned, it takes more than a beautiful suit to turn heads on the streets of Florence and Milan. To really get noticed, you’ll need to tap into your inner Pitti Peacock and add a few fun flourishes to your look. “Italian style is about being artfully mismatched — mixing unexpected colors and patterns, while still looking polished,” says Rivas. Make a designer suit feel more playful with a bright tie or whimsical pocket square, and don’t be afraid to add a little jewelry. “The sports watch is a must-have accessory in Italy.”
Following Raf Simons’ reign at Dior Homme and Hedi Slimane’s stint at Saint Laurent, Paris is now ground zero for minimalist menswear. From slim silhouettes to modern proportions, the city’s pared-down aesthetic calls for sleek longline coats and skinny pants. “Parisians are notorious for wearing lots of black, so stick to dark neutrals, and don’t forget a lightweight scarf — it’s an outfit essential in the City of Lights,” advises Rivas.
As men’s fashion month wraps up in the Big Apple, feel free to ditch your wool suit and cap-toe oxfords and relax into the laid-back style of NYC streetwear. Opt for a cool mix of high and low with of-the-moment joggers offset by a well-tailored blazer. “A lot of New York men wear a mix of suits and streetwear so this is an easy way to mix both ideas in a way that still feels true to the city,” says Rivas. Top off your look with a cozy beanie and be sure to pack your best pair of It sneakers and tote all your travel essentials in a sporty backpack.
Ready to pack your bags? Shop men’s new arrivals perfect for every city here.