Hubba’s Exclusive Buyers’ Checklist for Menswear, Apparel and Accessories for Autumn and Winter 2016

With the help of Hubba’s specially created Buyers’ Checklist, retailers and brands can discover the key pieces that will drive their sales and pick the best products to add to their apparel and accessories offerings. This report consists of items that are more directional as well as the seasonal staples, plus will explain why–and show you how–all of these commercial items and details are updated for autumn/winter 2016-17.

Color Prediction for Autumn and Winter 2016: Gold-mustard, dusty pink, military green

Yellow tones, particularly mustard, have been evolving over the last couple of seasons – and this is especially notable in casual tailoring. This season the colour goes glam and becomes richer, with opulent satin and velours being the ideal vehicles for producing youthful items with attitude.

Pink is reclaimed by menswear as a fashion-forward colour that works well as a highlight, and is also seen in footwear, accessories and socks. Military-greens – from khaki and olive to deep forest greens – are vital due to the importance of military influences being seen in menswear. Layered shades produce a camo-like effect.

Forecast for Materials: velvet, shearling, raw denim

As further evidence of the opulent attitude of the season, velvet becomes an important material for menswear. Paired with more youthful urban materials such as denim, it is given a contemporary update that’s a million miles away from the typical ’70s trends it is usually associated with.

Shearling is a must-have material as a detail on outerwear or within hats and scarves. Raw denim comes back into focus as consumers become more willing to pay for a premium product that will age to reflect the wearer’s life. This echoes the wider shift in consumer behaviour towards greater social consciousness.

Outerwear: bomber, shacket, military coat, leather biker

The bomber jacket continues to evolve, with longer lengths and utilitarian details such as arm pockets and patches making appearances. The shirt jacket is an important autumn item, to be worn layered as the winter months set in – and pocket details are key here. The military coat has a more formal style, featuring as it does double-breasted details. Finally, the biker jacket is updated with shearling trim or lining, either in edgier black-on-black combinations or more traditional brown with natural shearling.

Tops: longline shirt, roll-neck knit, multi-pocket shirt

The longline shirt was an essential item on the autumn/winter 2016-17 catwalks, seen in collections from Alexander McQueen to Y-3 and Fendi, showing its far-reaching crossover appear across different looks. For a less extreme look it can be worn mid-length as a sweatshirt, or alternatively as a statement piece in sharp, tailored constructions in white. The roll-neck knit is also a vitally versatile piece that can be worn in layers to suit formal and casual styles. And deriving from classic workwear attire, the multi-pocket shirt carries forward the important military look of the season.

Trousers: casual tapered trouser, premium jogging bottoms, cropped trouser

Trousers become shorter in length, with the tapered trouser showing the ankle and making footwear choices even more important. Indoors styles nod to the loungewear trend while more voluminous styles featuring performance materials have a ‘sports-hybrid’ appeal. The cropped trouser has been steadily gaining popularity as a commercial proposition, transforming men’s silhouettes across formal and casual styles.

Accessories: sporty backpack, winter bucket, poncho, skinny scarf

Some key accessory items to note for the season include the active backpack – consider this an indication of the mixing up of formal and casual styling that has been evolving over recent seasons. The bucket hat provides a fresh alternative to the cap and beanie staples, with shearling details being the key directional update. The poncho evolves from the oversized blanket scarves of previous seasons, while the edgier skinny scarf provides an alternative to the tie as menswear becomes more relaxed.

Footwear: Contemporary hi-top, hiker, round-toe derby

As the era of the simple white tennis sneaker slowly peters out, we see a return to more contemporary mid- and hi-top sneakers. Contemporary fastenings including elastics, toggles and futuristic soles are just some of the details to look for. And due in part to our obsession with the great outdoors as city life becomes more and more claustrophobic, hiking boots and hybrid walking styles are styled with urban looks.

Lastly, the classic derby draws on the nostalgia of the old-fashioned school shoe. Styled with the tapered and cropped trouser of the season, this classic shoe will sharpen up any casual look.

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Jacqui Ma

Jacqui Ma

Jacqui Ma is an accessories and footwear specialist who has been an influential trend forecaster since 2008. She is also the founder of Goodordering, an east London-based bag company. With more than 10+ years of experience working across product design, fashion and lifestyle, she predicts the future one trend at a time.
Jacqui Ma