Foulards for Men?

Who said scarves were only for women? The last Fall-Winter catwalks have proved the opposite, by showing a proud idea of a man wearing scarves with elegance, ease and class. The French term “foulard” usually indicates a smaller or bigger cut of silk, adorned by pattern and illustration. While we already saw urban men sport the trend some seasons ago, this time the vibe is completely different.

Prada, for example, took inspiration from the Seventies, choosing a contrasting color palette, comfy and casual – in a way typically masculine – silhouettes and, to add a sort of an eccentric detail, she created tight, color-blocking scarves.A completely different approach was the one seen on Burberry Prorsum’s runway. Here the foulard was particularly large, with models walking along the catwalk wearing them fiercely, laid on the back and tied with a knot on the front; resulting in an overall girlish yet masculine aesthetics.

Although the alternative uses of the accessory proposed by these brands are still not very common, its traditional use still very much persists. In fact, the season’s runways showed the original pocket-handkerchief revisited by Andrea Pompilio in strong and impact colors, or that rendered in a typically West Village mood, created by Yohji Yamamoto. In whatever way men should decide to style them, the foulards will always remain a synonym of timeless elegance.

Francesca Crippa