It's that time of year again: time to look through your wardrobe and decide what stays and what goes. With fashion week just around the corner for us New Yorkers it is important to see what exactly it is that we should be wearing. As per the industry's custom much of the upcoming trends are things we have seen before done in a new way.
Clearly nautical stripes are nothing new, but in the upcoming seasons they are coming back in full force. Everyone from J. Crew, who has continued their collaboration with Saint James, to Mauro Grifoni (Fall 2011) and Kitsune (Spring 2012) has shown striped pieces. Even Valentino is utilizing this classic style; note the long-sleeved striped turtle necks seen in the designers Fall 2011 show.
Another trend seen in many fashion houses is a return to old school. Gant, along with their line Gant Ruggers (pre-fall 2011), have created a kind of old fashioned prep with herringbone suits, tennis sweaters and faded red shorts for the man who wants a classic, understated charm. Ray Ward, celebrating its 50th anniversary, has shown tailored wool suits with fantastic waist coats, a look that will never go out of style.
At this point we are all used to skinny jeans, a design that I cannot get enough of, but Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 is bringing in pieces with more room. Tom Ford has created some excellent wide-legged pants for the man who has gotten over the tight fit, along with London based b Store and Los Vladmirovich's Spring 2012 lookbooks. Rene Gurskov's upcoming line sees a super-oversized fit with bottoms verging on a parachute pant.
Color blocking is another fad storming the runways. From 3.1 Phillip Lim to Los Vladmirovich this fun direction may be harder to pull off, but when done right the look is spot on. Christian Pellizzari's Spring 2012 collection has color blocked almost everything, from white, tan and yellow sweatshirts to tan and yellow bags they offer just about every imaginable garment displaying this pattern.
So no matter what your style there is something for you in the coming seasons, it may just take a little time and patience to figure out.