Men’s Designers Weigh In on Fall Trends

Men’s designers are turning to heritage looks with an outdoor feel this fall, from welted wingtips to colorful chukkas. Helping to update the looks are materials such as colorful leathers and a range of fabrics.

“The collection is [inspired by] the American worker, craftsman and artisan, as depicted in Irving Penn’s “Small Trades.” Incorporated into the offering are relaxed leathers with worn, vintage looks. The color palette is autumnal-based, with deep saturated colors and whiskey as the focus.”
Michael Petry, VP of design and creative director at Frye

“Tailored, polished styling is important, with men gravitating toward dressier looks. Heritage brogue oxfords are perfect alternatives to a classic boot.”
Christina Vernon, product line manager at Wolverine 1,000 Mile Collection

“Workboots and chukkas are paired with sport-casual outsoles [featuring] EVA cores for levity and leather welting for a masculine finish. [Uppers] are detailed in sumptuous burnished atanato [calf skin], paired with plush nubuck suede. The result is utility-meets-modern classics.
Ray Serna, creative director of footwear design at Tommy Bahama

“Dress shoes focus on rich, luxe materials while the sport collection [features] pops of color on welts, soles, lacing and stitch work. Key silhouettes include slip-ons and two-piece boots done as oxfords with attached collars.” 
Donald Pliner, creative director at Donald J Pliner

“Bass revolves around the preppie-meets-outdoor theme, [such as the] clean, classic design with new color and material combinations for the iconic Weejuns penny loafer. Fall will see a strong push to establish ownership of this style by using a wide range of colored leathers and fabric and leather combinations.”
Jim McCormick, president of Bass wholesale

“[Current] silhouettes in the collection including [chukka and sneaker boots] updated in a color palette focused on greens, from forest to chartreuse. These are combined with muted metal colors such as antiqued and matte bronze.”
Ferdy Tumakaka, designer at Prajaa

“Fall revolves around simplicity and a balance of urban and rustic aesthetics. Suede and leather combinations done in a palette of naturals such as dark olive, slate blue and cabernet update our heritage welted line. This season, it includes an updated wingtip.”
Nick Drury, head designer at J. Shoes