Trend Report: New York and Paris Men’s Fashion Weeks

New York Men’s Fashion Week and Paris Men’s Fashion Week have had contrast for quite some time. While Paris is known to host some of the most infamous designers such as Louis Vuitton, Dior and Balmain, New York is more likely to showcase designers that are breaking out into the fashion world. However, Paris and New York, European and American— there are still some common grounds on what is on trend for Spring 2018. Here are some trends that rocked both the Paris and New York Men’s Fashion Weeks


Forget about shedding the layers this spring as designers show how to add texture and depth to a style by use of drapery. Whether it’s a sweater, t-shirt, or jacket, layering is what is on trend this season! Designers, Raf Simons, Louis Vuitton, and Juun. J, and more place beautiful pieces on top of one another to create alternative ways of seeing symmetry and proportions in fashion.

 Patterned Button-Ups

A definite statement look is achieved when wearing a patterned button-up t-shirt on top of a solid piece. Lucien Pellat-Finet, Descendant of Thieves, and Louis Vuitton play homage to the 90’s while emphasising the care-free nature of this look! The patterned button-up is not only for vacations as when worn with attention to detail,  it can emphasize the unique and playful nature of one’s style.


If only athlete’s actually looked this good! Sports uniform designers should take notes as the world of athletics is evolving into a place where not everyone needs to be athletic, but we can all enjoy the perks of looking like we are! Gustav Von Aschenbach, Valentino, and Wood House celebrate athleisure by pairing comfortable looking, and matching pieces together to create a sense of uniformity and also individualism as these looks are certainly made for the accessibility needed on the street.


A great scarf is always a good way to add drama to an outfit. However, there is no denying that this accessory goes through periods of being strictly on trend and not. Descendant of Thieves, Valentino, and Dior Homme not only exemplify this look as being on trend for the upcoming season but also show that there is really no way to go wrong when adding this accessory to your look. As a bandana, a hidden piece worn under your outfit, or as a statement thin scarf, there are endless opportunities when thinking of how to wear this accessory!

High-waisted Pants

It seems like every season there is a gratifying nod to past centuries as looks such as shoulder pads, fringe, and bell-bottoms grace the runway. This year, the 80’s were definitely celebrated, which was evident when seeing the designers who showed a statement, high-waisted pant. The look has been a statement in most women’s wardrobes for years now, but designers Issey Miyake, Bode, and Raun Larose feature this piece in menswear. The look adds a masculine-chic layer to your outfit when paired with a solid button-up or t-shirt!


Highlights from New York Fashion Week Men’s

New York Men’s Fashion Week has come and gone and gave us the fashion forecast for Spring 2018. New York has a reputation to uphold as North America’s fashion center and, fortunately, they did not miss a beat this season. The designers brought boldness, extravagance, and style to the stage by layering soft pieces that created standout looks. This seemingly effortless layering will surely be seen off the runway in 2018. Here are some highlights from this season’s New York Men’s Fashion Week.


Cool tone colours were continuous throughout the Krammer & Stoudt show. The simple tones layered on top of one another make for a complete and stylish finished product. They also play up the very popular matching-set style, which can be seen in the matching navy set as well as in the white and black striped suit. What stands out above the casual nature of this brand is their attention to detail — whether it be in a delicate embellishment on a jacket or a scarf that emphasizes the ‘California Cool’ feel, which the brand is known for.


Comfortable and baggy has never looked so good! This season Gustav Von Aschenbach blends our modern era with the past in order to create pieces that are wearable and completely interchangeable. The models look casual yet completely put together in their layered and striped looks! While many runway looks tend to be over the top and intimidating (don’t get me wrong, we love those), this brand makes fashion accessible and suggests ways to be fabulous yet elegant and understated; a perfect balance!


Descendent of Thieves was all about pristine tailoring this year, and their cropped and low hung pants were a highlight that allowed the brand to play with proportions. Each look individualized the model yet still brought together a sense of unity, of care-free layering and matching patterns. Their pops of colours in each look also emphasized the playful nature of the collection!


The Raf Simons show was a definite highlight this season. Following the Robert Mapplethorpe Collection last spring, there was some pressure on the brand to continue to meet exceptional expectations. The edgy, dark, and almost ominous tone of the show did not disappoint! Simons took a literal approach to Spring 2018 by adding umbrellas and rain hats, but the layered and detailed pieces are what make collection truly inspiring! Every piece brought a new opportunity for drapery. The pieces are all unique and expose a fun and fashion forward side of the brand.


Sophistication in the newest Raun Larose collection is more than apparent. The brand plays up the New York business side but with a twist of ’80s and modern fashion styles. The collection takes advantage of the beauty that occurs when layering different textures and sizes together. However, unlike others, Raun Larose’s approach looked toward structure rather than a carefree sensibility. From cropped and proportionate looks to oversized and wide-legged, the brand explored multiple styles.

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London and Milan Trend Report: Mens Fashion Weeks

With New York Men’s Fashion Week underway following the successes of Milan and London, people are once again on the look out for what the Big City has to offer. This season had standout looks from graphics at Milan Men’s Fashion Week and the androgynous looks at London Fashion Week Men’s. However, even with some contrasting subjects and themes, there are underlying trends that set the tone for what is in for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018. Here are some trends from Milan and London that will give you a glimpse into what’s in store for the coming seasons in men’s fashion.


There has been no shortage of colour this season as many fashion designers such as Prada, Marni, and Tourne de Transmission showed in their collections. While in past seasons designers used shades of navy and warmer tones, many collections today not only use colors to showcase themes, but the colors are also signs of the collections’ boldness and aesthetics. Many pieces in bold shades were layered with other bright tones to create a brave contrast that is sure to keep heads turning.


Plaid is a repeated trend this season! Not only is this look making a comeback, but style lovers can look forward to seeing plaids move away from the classic lumberjack look and toward more fashion forward pieces. Sunnei, MSGM, and Oliver Spencer are a handful of brands that are showing the trend with an edgier perspective by playing with proportions, layering, and colours!


This look is a commitment but, if executed properly, it is sure to make a statement! Designers are using bold, outrageous, and beautiful colours and creating looks made up entirely of one colour! Whether it’s a onesie, a set, or matching every single item in the outfit (including socks), designers such as Prada, Sunnei, and Liam Hodges are showing fashion lovers how to dress head to toe in their favourite colours!


While bright tones have certainly been a highlight this season, other brands are still going with a more muted route by bringing light camels and khaki tones to simple and beautiful pieces. Cottweiler ft. Reebok, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Fendi have all been noted to take a simplistic approach this season! The results,with lighter and more toned down, are fabulous .


While the tailored suit has been a look of classic sophistication for years, designers are going against the norm to emphasize the carefree nature of being perfectly unfitted. The oversized suit took over the runways of Milan and London and designers such as Munsoo Kwon, Edward Crutchley, and Marni executed this trend within their respected styles. This look is for the brave but it is definitely a creative and stylish alternative to the tailored look!

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Front Women Fashion Icons

When hearing of a front man (or woman), fashion should be synonymous with this term. Fashion and music have gone hand in hand for years and the person at the front of the stage, with all eyes on them will set the tone not only vocally or with performance, but also by showing off their esthetical perception of what the act should be seen as. Take the Beatles for instance, the matching suits were indication of their polite sound at the time. Enter the infamous album, “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and the bands fashion completely changed to be edgier and more theatrical. Clothes matter- they create a sense of wonder and additional artistic value that sends out the idea that the audience is not just viewing a musical concert, but a full out visual performance. Here are some front ladies throughout the years who display exceptional tones and clothes alike.

Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin has always been a favourite of the 60’s with her eclectic attitude, vocal tone and the look to match. Feathers,bell sleeves, embroidery and velvet are all looks that the modern “boho chic” girl can thank Janis (one of the pioneers of this hippie-style look) for today! What is especially interesting in her onstage outfits, is her ability to create a care-free attitude while still showing off her creativity in attention to details.

Debbie Harry (Blondie)

A sensation in not only punk/new wave music of the 1970’s, but also in experimental fashion. Throughout her many years of performing, Blondie has managed to change her look with the times while still keeping key signature pieces in order to stay true to her image (this sparks my existential question asking exactly, WHO would Blondie be if she had brown hair?).She is the strangest and most wonderful mix of tough girl meets sophistication and maintains this standard today while she still rocks the stage.

Siouxsie Sioux

Another staple to the punk scene of the 1970’s is Siouxsie Sioux of “Siouxsie and the Banshees”. The English singer  stirred up quite a following for not only her shameless rebel behaviour but also for her looks that embody both punk and gothic backgrounds. Her bondage clothing and signature cat-eye makeup either left her audiences in fear or in envy.


Having made famous numerous looks throughout the years (including the mid-drift), Cher has inspired performers and fashion lovers alike to take risks and to be celebratory of the female body. Her outfits have been so iconic throughout the years that while many will wonder what a performer will play during their concert, a fan of Cher’s will be equally as curious when dreaming of what she will wear on stage. Just this year, Cher proved to all that she has not lost her fashion influence when she rocked it in a leather outfit at the Billboard Music Awards!

Tina Turner

Diva, Tina Turner has always been a performer that designers such as Giorgio Armani, Versace and Bob Mackie have loved to dress. This is likely due to her ability to showcase confidence and radiating appreciation for the masterpieces in which she has worn on stage. From mini dresses, plunging necklines and lingerie- nothing is too high or too low for Tina Turner to rock during a performance!

Gwen Stefani

A perfect blend between masculine patterns and items with feminine twists is how Gwen Stefani has made her look famous. Her constant plaid and Doc Martens have been a continuous way of giving a nod to her punk roots with her original band “No Doubt”, while her evolving makeup, hair, and flashy touches show off her desire to play with fashion and femininity!

Solange Knowles

Call me crazy, but given the choice between raiding any Knowles sister’s wardrobe, and Solange always wins. Her performance attire is always fashion forward and vibrant making her overall esthetic on stage truly something worth seeing. It’s as if the singer takes inspiration by whatever fabulous outfit she has on and allows it to fuel her powerful performances!

Lady Gaga

Of course the modern artist deserves recognition as one of the most fashionable performers of this age as well as of all time. This is because, Lady Gaga puts as much thought and effort into her wardrobe as she does with her carefully written out  musical pieces, and amazing performances. To Gaga,no show will be played without careful attention to her outfit matching the theme that she is setting. Each outfit that the singer wears, carefully embodies the message of her songs of the time as well as the feelings that should be conveyed while watching her.

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Bands Spotted: June Pride Edition

To some, June marks the beginning of summer, the end of school, and the time to begin making plans for cottage getaways away from the city. But to others this month is in fact the perfect time to stay local. Thousands of people across the world celebrate their freedom to be and to love whoever they want to. It’s Pride Month and cities everywhere are booming with block parties, booming atmospheres, and parades, loved by so many. This month on Bands Spotted, it’s time to celebrate those who celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride!


Toronto band The Clikss frontman announced recently that he is transgender. Making this public has allowed the band to be even more open to discussing diversity, Pride, and being a part of the community. Aside from this, the band has a classic indie/rock style and they play many shows around the city, including some this week for Pride! A great band to check out this season. You can follow the band here!


Each member of Shondes identifies as being apart of the LGBTQ+ community. They are proud of their diverse backgrounds and give credit to it as being the catalyst for the band’s beginnings. From relationships to hard times, the band makes content that is truly relatable to everyone no matter what their preferences are. The collection of this band’s music gives off a definite “come together” type of feeling, which is important to keep in mind during this season. Check out more from Shondes here.


Something that we have learned to be more aware of during Pride is the issue of acceptance of sexual diversity within other minority groups. Hip-Hop artist Le1f has released many songs that talk about his sexual identity being in conflict with his racial identity. He infamously says in the song above, “Ask a gay question/ Here’s a black answer” Le1f’s work is important in showing another side of the issue that should not be forgotten when celebrating gay pride. To hear more from Leif, click here.

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