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Today’s hype-fueled fashion landscape yields a mountain of fresh menswear every month. Which is why every issue of GQ now includes The Drops, a guide to the best of the best new gear as it hits stores. Welcome to layering season, AKA the most fun time of year to get dressed, where there’s enough mind-blowing outerwear to keep your fits dialed for the next decade.
This season, longtime friends Kim Jones and Chitose Abe consecrated fashion’s most powerful collab with a Dior Men x Sacai capsule that brings Jones’s luxe sensibility to Abe’s characteristic hybridized sportswear ($6,700).
This Loro Piana scarf has a classic pattern but a rarefied composition: It’s made from the ultrasoft cashmere of baby Capra hircus goats ($1,225).
A Bathing Ape founder Nigo was one of Virgil Abloh’s first mentors in fashion; they’ve reunited to produce LV2, a capsule of next-level grails—like this deep-pile Damier check shearling—at Louis Vuitton Men’s (price upon request).
What would James Bond wear on a nighttime mission? The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Black Black, which is, besides its caliber, crystal, and band, made entirely of stealthily dark ceramic ($8,650).
For 40 years, Emporio Armani has embodied a youthful spirit—and true to the times, these shades are fit for a TikTok star ($201).
From Silicon Valley to Solomeo, Brunello Cucinelli’s sublimely soft suede vests are the international sign that you’ve made it ($3,695).
Miuccia Prada famously has a knack for creating drool-worthy bags; now that Mrs. Prada has paired up with Belgian conceptualist Raf Simons, the house’s accessories—like these nappa leather gloves—are nothing short of brilliant ($1,120 per pair).
The dusty, floral palette of Loewe’s fall collection is drawn from the work of underground NYC artist and poet Joe Brainard, whose ’70s zines made an impression on designer Jonathan Anderson when he was young ($1,100).
Alpaca wool is warmer than standard wool, and Isabel Marant’s ombré alpaca scarves are doper than standard scarves ($385).
In the realm of military-inspired outerwear, the shin-length deck coat is an underrated classic—and making a comeback thanks to 1017 Alyx 9SM ($1,783).
Canada Goose is expanding into footwear with this pair of hikers, as rugged as the brand’s famously sturdy winter coats ($750).
With a gusseted crotch and nylon self-belt, Gramicci pants are as indestructible today as they were in the days of the infamous Yosemite Stonemasters, who wore them on treacherous climbs ($78 ).
Thom Browne can impose his house’s rigorous preppy codes on anything—even a massive wizard poncho (price upon request).
Kris Van Assche’s legacy at Berluti lives on in pieces like this quilted car coat: In only three years, the Belgian designer made the label’s ready-to-wear as attention-worthy as its famous footwear ($10,100).
Iconic accessories-maker Dunhill is here to get you in on the home knitting trend, needles and yarn not required ($1,195).
Headscarves, pearls, huge sunglasses, and now this epic Dolce & Gabbana cardigan with brooches for buttons: Grandma’s menswear takeover is finally complete ($4,995).
Diesel might be best known for its denim, but this season it’s all about these slightly flared ski pants, reminiscent of the radical mountainwear of the ’90s. Wear them as you would jeans ($295).
Just when you thought Fendi Men’s electric-blue quilted silk jacket couldn’t get any better, get this: It’s reversible ($3,590).
As winterwear becomes increasingly logo-fied, Italy’s Herno remains one of the last bastions of chic, understated—but no less luxurious—down outerwear ($695).
Made out of furry boa, Needles’s winter beret is like a deep-pile fleece jacket for your dome ($221).
If there’s a color of the season, it’s green, and if there’s a coat of the season, it’s Alexander McQueen’s puffer, cropped just so ($2,250).
Though these Bally hike-sneakers look as fresh as anything, the brand’s mountaineering heritage runs deep: When Tenzing Norgay completed the first-ever ascent of Mount Everest in 1953, he was wearing Bally boots ($800).
In the age of year-round alfresco dining, there’s no greater pant to have in your arsenal than Bode’s finely tailored log cabin quilt trousers ($1,200).
Rappers haven’t worn ski goggles off-slope in years, but if the trend returns, it’ll be thanks to Moncler’s bug-eyed peepers ($850).
There’s nothing like a burst of Simon Porte Jacquemus’s sunny Provençal Pop to liven up even the dreariest winter wardrobe ($1,050).
Givenchy designer Matthew Williams is known for hyped-up hardware, but his soft accessories, like these faux fur mittens, are just as compelling ($1,190).
Loro Piana, Isabel Marant, Thom Browne, Fendi Men’s And Alexander Mcqueen: Photographs, Martin Brown; Prop Stylist, Johnny Machado At Judy Casey Inc. Louis Vuitton Men’s, Emporio Armani, Brunello Cucinelli, Omega, Prada, Loewe, 1017 Alyx 9Sm, Canada Goose, Gramicci, Berluti, Dunhill, Dolce & Gabbana, Needles, Diesel, Bode, Herno, Moncler, Bally, Jacquemus, And Givenchy: Courtesy Of Brands.
A version of this story originally appeared in the October 2021 issue with the title “Heavenly Coats, Quilted Trousers, and Gloves With Pockets: The New Rules of Fall Outerwear.”