Not a fan of Justin Bieber? Too bad. The reformed enfant terrible has moved on from wearing Supra sneakers and low-slung pants and these days dresses more like a modern Kurt Cobain in ripped skinny jeans and oversized, gender-fluid tops—a look that’s set to influence menswear designers in a major way in spring/summer 2017, according to trend forecaster Fashion Snoops.
Michael Fisher, the firm’s director of menswear, pinpointed this alongside three other inspirations during a Sourcing at Magic seminar Wednesday that he thinks men’s apparel and accessories designers should pay close attention to for next year’s collections.
“This is a post-modern approach to coastal classics. It’s not nautical like we’ve seen for years with Breton stripes and anchors and sailboats,” Fisher explained, describing this theme as a new take on minimalism. “But it’s not stark, it’s not without soul. It’s minimalism with a purpose.”
Colors: reddish browns juxtaposed with natural colors such as olive green, straw and sky blue, with a pop of red for post-modern expression
Materials: warm-weather cozy materials such as lined suede, microfiber, marled French terry, quilted cotton
Graphics: abstract art screen prints, geometric reflections as a way to update photo-real prints, Baja stripes, wave camo
Design details: toggled drawstring hood, tailored piping, subtle utility pockets, kimono sleeves, elevated boat neck, fishtails on a T-shirt or sweatshirt instead of a parka
Key items: blanket cardigan knit with a self-tie belt in marled yarns with contrast edges; drift shirt with funnel neck and nylon pocket; cove suit; anorak with a Baja stripe on the kangaroo pocket; relaxed shorts