Back from the realms of aesthetes and lumberjacks, menswear is getting a new peacockish air. In recent seasons, we have found the menswear shows more inspiring than the more dominant womenswear fashion weeks, while the current batch of graduates are showing a newly confident, even cocky, style of menswear.
We’re seeing menswear become an increasingly important part of the fashion world, as changing ideas of masculinity encourage men to be bolder with their style choices, and the saturated fashion market shifts its focus to underserved men.
According to NPD, the growth of menswear sales has exceeded those of womenswear for the last two years, while HSBC is encouraging luxury brands to focus on the Young, Urban, Male shopper (horribly dubbed the Yummy). These luxury shoppers now account for 40% of global luxury sales, but as much as 55% of luxury purchases in China. Now Prada is planning to open 50 new menswear stores in the next 3 years (up from 4 stores opened in 2013).
And men are revelling in the new attention being paid to the design of their clothes, from shorter shorts and better-fitting shirts to brightly coloured socks. While high fashion is going more peacocky, many men are still used to safe, reliable classics and slowly evolving styles, but they’re dipping their toes in the water with the help of expert guides. A new wave of personal stylists for men are helping the less adventurous to explore their style, while handy guides on Mr Porter help men to be more adventurous with new trends.
USP: The fun and experimental aspects of fashion are no longer the preserve of women. Modern men are finding the self-expression, confidence and creativity of great style can break them out of boring old classics and stifling masculine stereotypes.