Life is a rave, and for autumn/winter 14 you don’t need an abandoned warehouse or a glow stick to get into gear. All around the manscape, menswear designers are getting their cyber shorts and Buffalo boots out of retirement for a season that should forever be spelled out in neon lights. (Sadly there were no actual Buffalo boots in sight at the shows, but here’s to keeping the dream alive.) With approaches ranging from sci-fi conventions to superheroes, nature and even the Renaissance, the menswear designers of the European fashion capitals can’t get around their ravey nostalgia and general love of a metallic surface. That’s right, you might be fronting major fashion houses in your intellectual indoor scarves these days, but we all know what you were up to in the early 90s. Rave, riot, or prom, no party is complete without a best-dressed award so with that in mind, we present to you the top five rave looks of the autumn/winter 14 men’s collections.
James Long probably never made it to the original raves of the early 90s since he was like ten at the time, but he did make it to a ton of sci-fi conventions in the early 2000s, and as it turns out, the outcomes of the two are pretty much the same. Long based his collection on the cosplay he saw when he would accompany cult star Virginia Bates, whom he assisted early in his career, to the conventions. “The queues were absolutely insane because she was in Dr Who and Star Wars. I got the real deal,” Long told i-D after the show, which featured models with their hair lacquered blue in high-tech quilting, shine, and some very futuristic sweatpants. While Long’s starting point may have been slightly more geeky than ravey, the effect was the same. And at the end of the day, ravers are just as geeky as Trekkies.