Current trends to note 2006-2009:
Preppy "Andrew Ryan Wallace" style: Kind of boring. All those NYC hipsters in short shorts Thom Browne style
Mountain Man "Bobo" style: Nice look but will become stale. You can only purchase so many Red Wings, flannels and Filson bags.
Goth Ninja: Expensive aesthetic when done well, a lot of cash to spend to look like a comic book villain.
Work wear: Boxy silhouette. Stale color ways. I'm a fan of functional garments but the So Cal climate doesn't compliment the pieces I would choose to buy.
What will be the looks for 2010? I don't have a prediction; I think trends are becoming more and more fragmented. Consumers are making more sensible purchases, which reflects in classic designs, fabrics and color stories, hence a lot of gray in the men's collections for Spring 10.
Personally I'm buying functionally styled outerwear and shirts in black and navy, basic tees in black, white and gray, black and oxblood thrifted dress shoes and basic five pocket slim fit denim. Based upon those purchases I wouldn't say there's a visible trend, just safe consumerism of masculine basics.
I can't stand the phrase "color ways." I realize that it's something of a term of art in the fashion/design business, but I've never seen it used where the word "colors" or "pattern" would not be clearer and simpler.