The fashion industry is flirting with menswear. In a world where women dominate, it’s pleasantly alarming to see just how quickly men’s fashion is rising on our list of interests, male and female alike. Take, for example, the recent buzz around London Collections: Men.
Time was, a man in touch with his stylish side was considered the opposite of masculine. These opinions often stemmed from other men, whose interest in fashion only extended to professional attire. Terms like ‘Metrosexual’ were introduced to separate the men from the men-who-care-too-much. Nowadays, such categorizing has been tossed out the window, in favour of a more inclusive level of acceptance; one that is more of an appreciation than a mere tolerance of a man’s right to individuality and his mode of expressing it.
The “lifestyle” experience is part of this movement. Post-2010 has seen an explosion of dynamic career paths and the subsequent opportunities to travel and indulge in cultural rebirth. This has led to a curiosity about various forms of lifestyles, from luxury to urban. Fashion has played a key role in the development of this quotidian intrigue: with labels such as Hugo Boss and Yohji Yamamoto creating looks that range from sports wear, to corporate styles and street.
What is most significant about the new rise of the stylish gentleman, however, is the keenly noted existence of sartorial elegance. Even when creating casual looks, designers such as Dolce & Gabanna are borrowing from the world of fine tailoring. This is somewhat ironic, considering that the last time men’s tailoring and style was truly taken seriously was long before our newly adopted “laissez-faire” attitude towards men’s dress.
In looking forward and exploring the new ways men are taking pride in their personal styles, the fashion industry is also looking to by-gone eras for inspiration. Here’s to launching a new standard in men’s fashion.