BEST OF PFW FW2014: THE TRENDS

BLACK ON BLACK

The perennial combination for the ultimate chic factor. It's timeless as it is continually daring and on edge. Black is the new black for FW14 as demonstrated by both

Alexander Wang

and

Balenciaga's

ultra sleek and multi-texutred aesthetic, and I can't help but fall in love with it over and over again.

Must-haves:

Boots from Alexander Wang, Multi-zipper leather top and trousers from Balenciaga

THE SAFARI

Olivier Rousteing brought the savannah adventure with a reinvention of leopard and zebra prints and brilliantly re-engineered them for

Balmain's 2014 menswear collection

. I am in awe with how well he managed to do so while staying on brand; Balmain's design DNA is still seen throughout in the buttery leather pieces and embellished bomber jackets.

Must-haves:

Buttery leather jacket and pants, leopard print jacket, bejeweled zebra-patterned bomber jacket

THE WILD, WILD WEST

Complete disclosure:

Phillip Lim's FW14 menswear collection

was my least favorite out of all the shows, but I can get with the wild, wild west influences. These were the two strongest looks in my opinion, especially the denim and denim ensemble that masterfully played with varying proportions.

Phillip Lim:

Sweater

Bags

Tee

FENDI IS FOR FUR

Fur caused quite a frenzy for PFW 2014 menswear shows this season, and

Fendi's FW2014 collection

singlehandedly made it acceptable to hit the streets with it once again. Not that it was ever inappropriate, really. Whether you're fur real or faux real, you can't deny the luxe appeal of Fendi's latest offerings. If the polar vortex is any indication that weather climates are even less predictable, I would snuggle up with one of these babies -- stat!

Must-haves:

All of the fur coats and jackets

GRADIENT OMBRÉ

Just when you thought ombre has seen its heyday, it comes back with quite a sexy vengeance in

Neil Barrett's FW2014 collection

. The gradient ombre is particularly well-done and refreshing, considering how pervasive it was a while back. I love how Neil Barrett made the technique relevant again for Fall/Winter.

Must-haves:

That galactic bomber needs to be on your radar.

UNISEX SILHOUETTES

Carven's FW2014 menswear collection

was quite minimal on the whole, but what stood out to me was how unisex some of the looks were. I already wholeheartedly accept womenswear as menswear. To see Carven validate this sartorial niche gives me hope for the future of menswear and the direction is going in.

For full coverage on all FW2014 menswear shows, check out Style.com