Fashion Week trends
Oh man, if you don't know what to wear, we've got you
Get ready for next year's style
The Spring/Summer 2019 collections always promised to be entertaining – some of the biggest fashion houses have new artistic directors, eager to show off their interpretations of their brands’ legacy styles. These included Kim Jones, former menswear artistic director at Louis Vuitton, who took the helm at Dior and was succeeded by Virgil Abloh, artistic director of OFFWHITE. At Burberry, Christopher Bailey was succeeded by Riccardo Tisci, former creative director at Givenchy.
These changes caused huge excitement as the new generation of creatives were expected to pull off some revolutionary changes to the menswear fashion landscape as we know it.
From Louis Vuitton to Dior, the mood and spirit of the SS19 collections has had a unifying code: the streets. This time, men’s wear went beyond clean-cut tailoring, solid colours and the usual masculine silhouettes. From London to Milan and from Paris to South Africa’s fashion weeks, we take a look at hottest trends to lbe inspired by:
The patterned shirtIt seems you can’t build a SS19 wardrobe without a tropical-inspired shirt with a loose silhouette and V-shaped collar, as seen at Dolce & Gabbana . Other fashion brands, like Liam Hodges and Alex Mullins, showed these shirts with elaborate floral and palm-tree prints, proving you can never go wrong with a classic.Colourful tailoring
The male suit was re-imagined in different colours this season. Acne Studios showed a pastel lime suit, while Versace went the opposite way of the colour spectrum with a bright pink one, which was worn with a matching lightweight sweater for a completely monotone look.Louis Vuitton also made a daring millennial statement with a red suit, worn with a pair of pointy utility shoes in a camel tone.
Sean Suen took the safari trend to new heights with a sleeveless outerwear jacket that has eight pockets in different sizes. Some of these jackets were longh, and some resembled waist-length life jackets, in off-white or muted tones with a shot of bright pink, as showcased by Hazza.Workwear
The modern construction worker took to the runway in jumpsuits designed by Issey Miyake, Alexander McQueen, Ellen Madie and Louis Vuitton. The garment was seen in faded colours, with a simple cut. The styling was also comfortable, suggesting a nonchalant look.
The logo is back! At a time when streetwear cult brands are becoming the go-to places for fashion-forward garments it’s no surprise that high-end luxury brands are feeling the need to assert their positions. Fendi models took to the runway with head-to-toe outfits emblazoned with the house’s monogram.Tie-dye
Love it or hate it, tie-dye has become the top pattern again. Louis Vuitton, Dior Homme, and local designer Chu Sawannapha of the Chulaap label took to the runway with garments patterned with the tie-dye technique, the origins of which date back about 1,200 years. Bright hues or neutral colours – the choice is yours.
It’s the season for the nerdy man as Ami, Prada and Stella McCartney took us back in time with bold stripes. The only difference now is the playfulness of the striped sweaters which have replaced the traditional “sexy sailor man” garments in nautical colours.Pattern mix
Gentlemen, if you have grown tired of wearing solid colours, SS19 is the time to go overboard with clashing prints. The traditional army bomber jacket made way for a redesigned version in floral print, worn with a drawstring wide-leg trouser, as showcased by Chulaap.
Just when we thought gender-fluid collections – the deconstructed suit and a slimmer silhouette – were the pinnacle in menswear fashion, SS19 trends have further advanced the male closet by providing more options, leaving room for much desired individuality.