Seoul Fashion Week | F/W 2011 – Menswear Trends

Beyond the kooky, crazy and just plain weird at Seoul Fashion Week F/W 2011, here’s the lowdown on what you’ll be wanting, lusting, and most importantly, wearing come fall:

Satchels were the “it” bags for women last year and now they’re showing up in menswear. General Idea offered a stylish twist to the backpack, bringing out everyone’s inner mountaineer. MVIO’s “Institute of Art and Science” collection included portfolio bags and boxy backpacks.

As seen at: beyond closet, MVIO, D.GNAK


The 70’s color-blocking trend carries over into the fall with a special emphasis on outerwear. Designers showed off tailored details and silhouettes of peacoats and parkas with contrasting colors. Another way to achieve this look is to layer different colored garments together as seen on Andy & Debb’s quilted green vest and brown coat.

As seen at: MVIO, Andy & Debb, General Idea

Fall and winter this year aren’t welcoming the monochromatics. Designers embraced a profusion of color with particular fondness for lemon yellow paired with forest green or burgundy with navy. Take last season’s plaid shirt and jumpstart it with an orange jacket.

As seen at: Resurrection, D.GNAK, beyond closet

The “man belt” was the accessory focus on the runway with colorful leathers and ropes loosely cinching the masculine silhouette. How to pull off this trend: opt for a stiff and structured jacket and belt loosely. Make sure the belt isn’t too tight to avoid rippling in the fabric.

As seen at studio K, beyond closet, Groundwave, Jeehee Sheen, MVIO

The toggle closure seemed to be the detail of choice at many shows, appearing on vests from General Idea and wool coats by Andy & Debb. In the finale, D.GNAK paraded its models down the runway in toggle shearling coats. If you decide to go this route, opt for fingerless mittens for easy buttoning up on cold winter days.

As seen at: D.GNAK, General Idea, Andy & Debb

With New Balance backing up D.GNAK and Dr. Martens for General Idea, shoe companies made sure the audience was looking from head to toe. Brogues broke free of neutral shades for banana yellow and hunter green while hiking shoes in patent leather came down the runway streaked in primary red and burgundy. Accessories to note: puffer and Nordic print leg warmers at General Idea and colorful argyle socks updating dove-gray oxfords at MVIO.

As seen at: MVIO, General Idea, D.GNAK



Leaving behind the narrow three-piece suits present of the past few seasons, this season’s menswear embraced oversized chunky knits. Instead of a tailored coat, designers topped off suits with a fluid cardigan in vibrant shades.

As seen at: Songzio, D.GNAK

This article is part of the The YesStylist Seoul Fashion Week F/W 2011 Coverage.

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