Translating the Menswear Trends for Fall 2016: Seeing Red

Posted on September 28, 2016

Let’s go shopping, boys!

We’re back, translating the runway trends for fall 2016 into workable, real-world, (mostly) affordable options for you, hand-picked by Lorenzo as your personal shopper. We’ve mostly stuck to women’s wear through the series, but this is our second go-round with the boys, the first one being the perennial trend for plaid. Check them all out! Deals and ideas galore to be had!

This time around, we’re looking at the deep. bold, bright reds that dominated the menswear runways:

Agnès B.| Alexander McQueen | Astrid Anderson | Balmain | Berlutti | Bottega Venetta
Burberry Prorsum | Christian Dada | Coach | Costume National | Dior Homme | Dirk Bikkembergs
Dolce&Gabbana | Dsquared2 | Etro | Fendi | Givenchy | Gucci
Hermès | Iceberg | Issey NMiyake | Junya Watanabe | Kenzo | KTZ

Lanvin | Man | Marni | Moschino | Neil Barrett | Oliver Spencer
Paul Smith | Ports 1961 | Prada | Raf Simons | Richard James | Rynshu
Sacai | Saint Laurent | Salvatore Ferragamo | Sibling | Songzio | Topman
Umit Benan | Valentino | Vivienne Westwood | Walter Van Beirendonck | White Mountaineering | Xander Zhou


And who doesn’t love all that? But it can be a daunting prospect to some (not to us, though) to consider wearing a red suit or red trenchoat, which is why we’re pushing the idea that trends for the everyday person are best pursued through accessories first. If you find you’ve got a knack for working a red scarf, hat or belt, you might be emboldened later to try red jeans or shoes. Or you might be happy hauling out your red pocket square and sneakers and calling it a day. It’s all up to you. We’re just here to give you options. Shall we begin? Because Lorenzo has been quite busy on this one and we’ve got a lot of ground to cover.

First floor: Oh, honey. Brace yourself. BAGS.

So much gorgeousness. We want it all.

Okay, so the Salvatore Ferragamo is pricey as hell, but darlings, look at how PRETTY it is. Also super-pretty are the Gucci wallet and the Thom Browne card holder. Sigh.

Oh, and the REISS brief case is drop-dead chic.

With window-shopping out of the way, can we say that the TOKEN shiny PVC messenger bag is really cute and stylish, as is the Ice Red glossy bag. Fun and not expensive. The Jack Spade duffel bag is sturdy and a great piece of low-cost luggage.

The Doc Marten leather bag is gorgeous. Also loving the tough-as-nails-looking Victorinox Swiss Army back pack, which is surprisingly affordable.

Next floor: SHOES.

Lorenzo is QUITE the shoe queen and you’ll have to permit a husband to gush a little over his fabulous taste and good eye. There is some PRIMO stuff to be had here. As always, we like to put the aspirational stuff in there, like those killer Marc Jacobs oxfords and Gucci “Kanye” loafers.  And while a pair of $250 red loafers might seem a bit much, if they’re frikking Alexander McQueen loafers with “Legendary Creature” embroidered on the front, concessions can be made, darlings. Additionally, eye-searing red Beatle boots from Vivienne Westwood might appear to have limited appeal, but every pot has its lid and every fabulously crazy shoe has a queen lining up for it. Those ETRO suede loafers are also TDF.

On the more affordable end, the Calvin Klein driving moccasins are damn eye-catching, as are the Ralph Lauren boat shoes. Those Cole Haan canvas wingtips – basically wingtip sneakers – are so damn fun that we’re arguing over who gets a pair to wear through the holidays. They’d be great with cords or jeans, dressing them up in a second. The Bugatchi suede versions are the more upscale and formal option. The Lacoste slip-ons are affordably fabulous.


LOVE that Oliver Spencer striped beanie with the pom-pom. Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t work a pom-pom, guys. Life’s too short to deny yourself the pleasure. Also, that Rag & Bone beanie, while not bargain-store cheap, is impeccable and we can tell you from experience it’ll last you forever. They’re a great brand for that sort of thing. And of course, you can’t go wrong with that Converse beanie.

Alas, it may be true that Donald Trump has ruined the power tie for a generation, but we stubbornly maintain that it’s still a classic, dammit. Any man with a suit or two could use a decent red tie in his wardrobe. That silk red check tie from Neiman Marcus is a chic update. Love the pink and red striped bowtie from the Tie Bar. Adorable.

As for scarves, do we really need to sell you on a good red scarf for the winter? It’s a classic and there are some fabulous and stylish versions here, from the McQueen and Lanvin tartans to John Varvatos’ low-key prints, to the classic striped Saint Laurent, the cashmere buffalo plaid from Nordstrom and the cute Scotch & Soda.

Seriously considering getting those Dsquared2 frames. As for belts, while the Gucci is always worth sighing over, we find our eyes going back the braided one from Brooks Brothers. Very much on trend and a perfect pop of color for the holidays.

What’s catching your eye here, boys? And ladies?


Standard disclaimer: All of the above are clickable links that will take you to online retailers who give us a commission based on any sales we send their way, because we find money to be somewhat useful in our day-to-day lives. Please note that the sale runs for these items can be brief and some of the links may either take you to an item that’s no longer available or no longer available at the sales price. You gotta be quick, kittens! 

[Photo Credit: IMAXTree]

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