The 25 Most Hyped Items in Fashion Right Now
All of the head-turning, jaw-dropping designer gear to buy (Instagram) this fall.
In 2016, thanks to the re-logofication of fashion and the neck-breaking pace of trends, clothing now comes with a level of “hype” sewn into its fibers. Some have no hype at all, but those that do are such because they have that immeasurable but oh-so-potent feeling of capturing the status quo and collective interests of the fashion world at this exact moment. And thanks to social media, bragging about one’s new hyped-up gear means a person doesn't even have to wear their clothes, let alone leave their house, to get kudos.
Creating a wardrobe that exists entirely of these kinds of items would be exhausting, wasteful, and fundamentally un-stylish. Still, there’s no denying that right now, these are the 25 items—each of which features its own unique brew of hype—that will induce the most head turning and Instagram-liking with those in-the-know. Who’s to say how long the life cycle will be on any of these items (things like graphic tees are particularly prone to over-saturation), but if you’re looking for some gear to get you noticed, any of these pieces are the fastest way to do it.
Camoshita Belted Coat
Camoshita United Arrows is known for making perfected versions of already-perfect Neapolitan staples like unstructured blazers and cardigans. Hailing from Japan means that the brand has garnered the kind of hype stateside normally reserved for T-shirts and sneakers. Why? Because the designs are true to classic men’s garments without being hung up on “authenticity.” Is this coat based on something Italian men in wore in 1955? Who knows, and frankly who cares. Belting your coat shut while every other guy is fiddling with buttons is the subtlest way to show off one’s style this season.
$1,600, available at Mr Porter
Woven polyester car seat belts might not feel great on your neck during a four hour drive, but they've become the de facto inspiration for the coolest statement belts of the season. Sure, shelling out cash for a Gucci or Hermes logo belt is a statement any season, but these workwear-inspired, buckle-fastened versions are for killing it in a casual way, minus all the fashion house stuffiness.
(From Left) Gosha Rubchinkskiy, $150, available at doverstreetmarket.com
Off-White, $210, available at off—white.com
Alyx, $250, available at shoplcd.com
Haider Ackermann Velvet Bomber
To a certain group of hype-driven folks, newly-anointed Berluti creative director Haider Ackermann is known as the guy who induced Kanye West’s obsession with oversized sweatshirts, bomber jackets, and velvet sweatsuits. But he’s also the guy whose namesake label has one of the most unique perspectives on menswear in the business today, from his incredibly vibrant color palettes, pattern choices, textures, and yes—even fits. While a pair of Haider pants are usually cut cropped and slim, his bomber jackets have a more forgiving shape that’s for the leisurely but eccentric baller in all of us.
$1,391, available at matchesfashion.com
Burberry Track Jacket
We all remember the baggy Adidas track suits made world-famous by Run-D.M.C., but it's the bold and bright '70s styles worn by actual track stars that are everywhere right now. This version from Burberry, with its not-so-historically accurate fit (even jackets in the '70s were a little too tiny for our modern tastes), wing-like collar, and elegant fabrication is the one that will make you stand out the most—and it doesn't even need Burberry's super recognizable logo to do such.
$595, available at burberry.com
Saint Laurent Velvet Jacket
Fashion trends can be tough to spot, but for fall 2016 at least one is obvious: Velvet. Saint Laurent’s Fall-Winter 2016 collection, which made its glamorous, star-studded debut at the Palladium in Los Angeles, was packed wall-to-wall with velvet pieces, from army jackets to bombers to straight-up capes. But it’s this burgundy velvet tuxedo jacket—with its ultra slim cut—that is going to be the rock star-level power move of the holiday season this year.
$2,790, available at ysl.com
Louis Vuitton Cardholder With Ribbon Necklace
If you’re the kind of guy that’s always leaving your wallet in the back of cabs or on your desk at work, this is a solution for keeping track of your cards and cash. And thanks to Louis Vuitton’s new black-on-black monogram design, you can do so without looking like a dad at Disney World. No one’s saying you have to wear the thing around your neck, but this season there’s even a purveying trend of stylish dudes wearing small crossbody bags. If that’s a little intense for you this is kind of the getting your toes wet version.
$370, available at louisvuitton.com
J.W. Anderson Zip Neck Sweater
J.W. Anderson makes some kooky stuff, like quadruple pleated jeans and straight jacket-inspired shirts. But it’s the way he took a dad staple—the quarter zip sweater—and flipped into a high-fashion statement piece that made him a household name. (At least in menswear; his puzzle bag for Loewe is the “it” bag for women this season.) And if the full sweater is too big a commitment on your end, know that J.W. also makes a neck-only version, converting any crewneck sweater in your rotation instantly into a head-turner.
$670, available at unionlosangeles.com
Lemaire Pleated Trousers
We’re living in the golden age of pants. You can now wear slim fit silk trousers or giant fit cargos and look just as cool as some dude in slim-fit denim. But the 2.0 style that’s most popular are looser-fitting pleated trousers that harken back to Cary Grant style and 1990s skate culture all at once. The king of this style is Christophe Lemaire, whose pants have just the right fit (loose, single break around the ankle), fabrication, and subtle single pleat to make you look like you know what you’re doing (and not simply, you know, dusting off your double-pleated suit pants from 1993.)
$565, available at needsupply.com
Balenciaga Ikea Bag
Demna Gvasalia—the man behind Vetements—has a way of turning the ordinary into covetable fashion. We all know how practical a giant plastic Ikea bag can be when hauling, well, whatever, and now, you can have one in Italian leather.
$2,150, available at balenciaga.com
Green Supreme Schott Shearling
Anyone can wear a box logo T-shirt and instantly announce to the world "I am a fan and consumer of New York City-based label Supreme." But that's a little too easy. Instead, this lime green shearling coat, made in collaboration with legendary leather jacket label Schott, is the more advanced head-turning option, even if most people will have no idea it's made by Supreme.
Available soon at supremenewyork.com
Raf Simons Collegiate Sweater
Since he launched his brand in 1995, Raf Simons’ collections have, aesthetically speaking, changed drastically. But the through line of youth culture and rebellion is always there, whether in the form of insanely-coveted camouflage bomber jackets, fishtail parkas printed with iconic album covers (which can fetch $10,000 on sites like Grailed), or in the case of Fall-Winter 2016, oversized, distressed collegiate sweaters. Wearing one of these without giving off Honey I Shrunk The Kids vibes is a challenge, but for Raf's loyal disciples, this a piece that will be remembered for years to come.
$1,987, available at farfetch.com
Missioni Diemme Boots
For years Diemme has been one of the top go-tos for well-made, stylish hiking boots that can kick ass and start conversations all winter long. Italian fashion house Missoni, on the other hand, is the OG maker of the tripped-out sweaters we can’t get enough of right now. Put those two things together and you’ve got a pair of badass hiking boots that were practically built for Joshua Tree life.
$944, available at boutique1.com
Vetements "Bridges" Hoodie
Yep, it’s that hoodie. The one that Kanye West said was inspired by his The Life of Pablo merch. The one that’s been flooding your Instagram feed for weeks. The one Whoopie Goldberg wore on The View (true story). May the bridges I burn light the way, and may the hoodies you buy bring you much happiness (and Instagram likes).
$1,210, available at Mr Porter.com
Next Gen Skate Tees
No one can blame a guy for buying a tee from more established skate/fashion brands like Palace or Supreme or Gosha Rubchinskiy. But the more advanced (and less likely to be copied) move is to pick up some tees from some younger, less established streetwear brands like Alltimers, Paradis3, dertbag, and LIES.
Prices vary, available at doverstreetmarket.com
Second / Layer Cargo Pants
Skate style is more pervasive than it’s ever been, whether we’re talking D&G staging a runway show with half pipes or Vetements knocking off Thrasher Magazine’s iconic flames logo. But true skate style is about authenticity, and these cargos from LA-based Second/Layer are made by dudes who actually skate. Though they carry a high-fashion price tag, they’re one of the few expensive-ass skateboard-inspired items of the season that are actual skate rat approved.
$435, available at secondlayer.us
Acne Studios Emoji Sweatshirts
Somehow the folks at Acne Studios found a way to take this concept from bad Etsy design to insanely cool (and flat-out fun) crewnecks. A big part of that has to do with the detailed embroidery that goes into each donut or banana (this ain’t some heat-transferred nonsense), but the other part is that the graphics are stitched onto Acne’s near perfect fit fleece sweatshirts. Oh, and the fact they resisted the urge to make an eggplant version.
$360 each, available at acnestudios.com
Gucci's Snake Embroidery
Now that Alessandro Michele’s Gucci is on top of the fashion game, the only snake that really matters is the one that’s embroidered on almost every product category under the Gucci name, from shoes to shorts to jackets to other jackets to wallets. Point is, this fall, it’s the graphic that’s got the most bite.
Prada x Christophe Chemin Printed Shirt
It takes an all-time great like Miuccia Prada to re-invent something as simple and iconic as the camp shirt. And to not only do that, but make it one of the most highly coveted and instantly recognizable pieces of the year. Usually camp shirts are done up in plaid, but Prada’s romantic, custom pencil and ink paintings by Christophe Chemin make for a shirt that’s hard not to fall in love with.
$1,020, available at Mr Porter
Yves Solomon Fur Lined Parka
Though they’re without a doubt warm as hell, Canada Goose parkas have become so ubiquitous that it’s hard not to feel like they’ve lost a bit of their luster. The more unique and more opulent looking blizzard-beating coat comes from Yves Solomon and his line of rabbit fur-lined parkas. They’ve got all the warmth of a Goose without the “I’m about to literally go climb Everest” thing going on.
$2,272, available at farfetch.com
Designer keychains are the new bracelets, and there’s none more recognizable than the ones from Spanish leathergoods label Loewe. The keychains come in a bunch of different colors, though we figure if you’re already dropping $300 on a leather knot, you might as well get one in the brightest color possible. One note, though: These do look better when they’re attached to, say, a Mercedes Benz key, so if you’re pushing an ‘01 Civic, maybe just use it for your house keys.
$325 each, available at loewe.com
Pink Adidas Gazelles
Adidas recently re-designed its iconic Gazelle, and unleashed it into the world in a Pantone book’s worth of colors. They’re good in every color, but the pairs that are selling out fastest are the pink colorway. Still, they’re a lot easier to get than Yeezys, and they send a more grown-up message.
$95, available at endclothing.com
Repurposed Levis (Off-White, Vetements, Re/Done)
If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, which is why brands like Vetements, Off-White, and Re/Done have, rather than make their own jeans from scratch, brought their design ingenuity to vintage Levi’s. The point is no one does denim better than Levi’s (especially old school Levi’s), so why not simply use them as the canvas? In Vetements case the result is am $1,800 pair of Frankenstein’d jeans, made of multiple pairs and cut with a signature uneven hem. For Virgil Abloh and Off-White, he took large-sized men’s Levi's and re-tailored them with a tight waist and darted legs, while also adding his signature white zipper tape to the fly. Re/Done on the other hand runs their entire business by tweaking old Levi’s, making hundreds of pairs in modern fits that fly off shelves (and their online shop) faster than you can rattle off your size.
Acronym J43A-GT Jacket
Designer Errolson Hugh has no limits when it comes to zippers, pockets, ergonomic features (articulated arms on jackets, legs on pants) and waterproof capabilities. And considering Hugh really doesn’t like colors other than black and dark green, wearing Acronym basically instantly transforms you into a real world Metal Gear Solid character. (Nothing quite like seeing a dude slide his cell phone out of his sleeve like a magician.) You can complete the look with a pair of Acronym pants, too, but the jacket is the jumping off point for embracing your inner metropolitan ninja.
$1,455, available at acrnm.com
RM Williams Craftsman Chelsea Boots
Right now, the hottest Chelsea boot maker in the game is R.M. Williams, an Australian label that just a few weeks ago set up shop in New York City. Unlike the glittery, rock star-inspired, ultra-narrow versions of Saint Laurent or the ubiquitous crepe-soled styles of Common Projects (both of which are viable options), R.M. Williams’ boots are instantly recognizable simply because of their shape–they’re the perfect mix between modern sleekness and traditional ruggedness. The other reason stylish guys are scooping these up like crazy? They’re $500 up front, but you get the added value of free sole and elastic replacements once they get a little lived-in.
$495, available at Mr Porter
The Elder Statesman Tie Dye T-Shirt
Fashion has caught the hippie bug, meaning there’s more tie dye out there than ever. (See: Valentino FW16, Saint Laurent SS16, Issey Miyake SS17.) But the cashmere masters at The Elder Statesmen have raised the stakes in a huge way, with a pink cashmere silk blend mind melter. Man, this thing must feel better to wear than dropping acid at Woodstock. (Okay, maybe not, but damn does it look soft.)
$650, available at Mr Porter
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