January 25, 2016  —  by

Menswear AW16 Highlights

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Dior

Dior Homme

This season creative director Kris Van Assche considered how he could use Dior’s renowned legacy without it coming off as a futile nostalgic gesture. Van Assche, when he reworks Dior florals from the archive into something more than just prettiness, was interrogating the idea of hybrids; how people do not just fit into one box anymore. ‘There might be an idea of the New Wave or Skate that somebody has grown up with, but it is what those things and people have grown into now that matters,’ he said.

 

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Raf Simons

This collection marks the 20th anniversary of Raf Simons’ namesake menswear brand as well as his first post-Dior show. A list of references given out at the show went on to reinforce everything we already covet about Simons’ well-established oeuvre.

Gucci

Crafted, crusted, curated, kooky and couture are all words that come to mind to describe Alessandro Michele‘s most recent menswear effort for Gucci. Though still heavily inspired by the past, the mood is as zany and creatively free as any present day art studio, with a wild spirit spinning through impeccably crafted, highly original clothes.

Prada

Miuccia Prada steered her menswear collection along a semi-naval theme that turned traditional sailor boys over on their heads. The men were elegant yet regimental in their cropped, flood-ready, boxy black pants, lace front tops cut from leather, snug jackets with Victorian-esque peplums and waxy square coats that could shield off a tidal wave.