Fall-Winter 2009/2010 Trends Guide


Yes, it’s that time of the year again when summer is nearing its end, the leaves start changing their colours, and before you know it…gasp, the temperature drops.  But do not fear, fall-winter collections involve the the most detailed and exciting pieces out of the whole year.  So, we give you the top trends (plucked from the shows held in Paris, New York and Milan ) that are going to be at play in your wardrobe for the next 6-7 months.  Now is the perfect time to start planning out what you’re going to convey this fall-winter.

the adventurer

Go on and explore the world.  Hit the road, rails, trails…anything but where you are now.  Take inspiration from nature and all its glory.  Be rugged and outdoorsy…be a man.  Think: flannel paired with earth-toned boots, tweeds mixed with flannel-lined pants, asymmetrical cuts, Native American inspired pieces, downed vests with pullovers and utility coats.

Dsquared² Adam Kimmel Yohji Yamamoto Michael Bastian

protection racket

Sometimes it’s not about wearing a suit, it’s about wearing a suit of armour.  It’s a rough world and a guy’s gotta protect himself.  Be a shotta, because no ones going to mess with you.  Think: hard boots and quilts, laser cut designs, leather jackets, military-esque pieces and studs (but don’t go overboard though!).

Alexander McQueen Gareth Pugh Prada Tim Hamilton

suit up

Though men’s fashion trends change at a slow pace, and suits slowest of all, 2009 and 2010 will see a major move away from the monochromatic skinny-boy suit to something a lot more masculine and adventurous.  Consider this a calling for a new mode of masculinity, one that combines the style and skills of a guy like Don Draper with a belief that the past isn’t necessarily where it’s at.  Sure, the pieces may be classic, but the mind-set is anything but. Don’t worry though, the slim cuts aren’t going anywhere.  Think: Mad Men, tailored three-piece suits, pinstripes, classic business suits, old-school detailing and power suits.

Raf Simons Ralph Lauren Calvin Klein Moschino

rich velvet

Velvet made its rounds through womenswear in the Fall-Winter 2008 season and there’s no saying the trend won’t repeat itself, especially if the Fall-Winter 2009 menswear shows have anything to do with it.  This season, somber as it may have been, velvet cropped up on jackets and trousers in a diverse array of colours.  Perhaps designers knew that this luxe texture would balance out those otherwise black and monochromatic looks.  Think: velvet blazer paired with pleated slacks, velvet neck wear, velvet pants paired with sleek sneakers and Hugh Hefner.

Gianfranco Ferre Giorgio Armani Salvatore Ferragamo Dolce & Gabbana


Monochrome in menswear is not a new concept but this season there were some looks that were notably aggressive in their sameness.  The number of all-black ensembles that came down the Fall-Winter 2009 menswear catwalks frankly made audience members’ heads spin, but there were also a significant number of more experimental instances, and those quickly became favourites.  Green and red were popular colours as were browns made multi-textural with the inclusion of buttery soft leathers.  Think: outfits in similar hues and one colour palette looks.

Lanvin Bottega Veneta Givenchy Kenzo

cuffed trousers

For obvious reasons, trousers are a main topic of conversation when it comes to menswear and this Fall-Winter 2009, there is no shortage of trends cropping up.  For starters, cuffed trousers will remain a big hit in menswear.  And in some shows, not cuffed but ankle-grazing lengths.  Think: Michael Jackson; similar with the summer trend but worn with socks and lace ups.

Neil Barrett Alessandro Dell'Acqua Frankie Morello Gucci

going green

Green can be considered one of the most sensational new colours of this Fall-Winter men’s collection because this colour, set aside last year, now seems to be having another lease of life.  Many fashion houses have adopted it as the theme colour of their shows and in their pieces.  This is a great pop of colour to your outfit.  Think: olive coloured scarf, forest green velvet blazer and an emerald coloured t-shirt as an accent.

Roberto Cavalli Missoni Emporio Armani Dries Van Noten


A military-inspired jacket is a must-have for every fashionable male in 2009. From the more daring swashbuckling outfits from Galliano to the futuristic Gothic combat gear of Gareth Pugh, there were many examples of military styling on the Fall-Winter 2009-2010 runways.  Think: classic naval and military jackets with a hint of Sgt. Pepper paired with luxe boots.

John Galliano Gareth Pugh Burberry Prorsum D&G

must haves

  • military inspired jacket
  • trench coat
  • leather jacket
  • tailored double breasted suit
  • Henley
  • big tote bag
  • velvet bow tie
  • city hiker boot

Dolce & Gabbana velvet bow tie Bottega Veneta tote Rag & Bone leather jacket Louis Vuitton trench

related links

Spring-Summer 2009 Trends Guide

wings + horns F/W 2009 Collection

Visvim Fall/Winter 2009 Collection

How To Find The Perfect Suit

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