In the moments following Alexander Wang's mall goth-inspired fall 2016 runway show, the designer posted a photo of a '90s-era Hot Topic storefront to his Instagram page. Little did we know that the nostalgic purveyor of rock tees, body jewelry, heavy metal accessories and more would emerge as one of the biggest points of reference this season. There were flashes of nu-metal iconography, Catholic schoolgirl-gone-bad separates and lots of hanging chains at Vetements for fall, and one of the breakout models of the year, Katie Moore, grabbed the industry's attention with her haphazard chop dyed a fiery, Manic Panic red. And don't even get us started on the reinvention and ever-increasing popularity of concert merch, which — thanks to Justin Bieber, Kanye West and more — seems to be all we write about these days.
As the spring 2017 men's shows roll along in Europe, it's only become clearer the Hot Topic-ification of our wardrobes in the months ahead is imminent. Whether you or your man is partial to Sex Pistols-style punk, something a little more gothic a la Marilyn Manson, the logo tees and facial piercings characteristic of pop punk bands (shoutout to New Found Glory) or even ska-leaning checkered shirts, the menswear runways are offering up something for all tastes. Louis Vuitton showed leather dog collars — perhaps as a complement to the choker craze that's sweeping a certain sect of Instagirls; Demna Gvasalia hung extra long wallet chains from models' pant loops at Balenciaga; Stuart Vevers included a face-melting smiley t-shirt in the Coach menswear collection, alongside slick leather jackets, studded footwear and plenty of black and red plaid. DSquared2 even sent models down the runway with suspenders, gauged earrings, padlock necklaces and faux lip rings — the latter of which sparks extra pangs of nostalgia in this editor, who had a particularly fun makeout session involving an emo kid with a real one circa 2003. (Sorry, dad.) Ah, smells like teen angst.
Click through to see a number of looks that prove we'll all be dressing like we're going to Warped Tour throughout the fall and spring.