Fall/Winter 2018 Men’s Fashion Week has come and gone in a blur, and if you were too busy to keep track of the shows, we’ve got you covered with a summary of the best looks we saw coming down the designer runways. From standout checks to message-bearing sweaters and cowboy aesthetics, scroll down to discover the key menswear trends from the upcoming fashion season, most of which you can start wearing right now.
Checks in check
Checks are officially an all-year-round fashion favourite, and designers from Versace to Cerruti 1881 are going bolder with head-to-toe looks incorporating tartan, windowpane, Prince of Wales checks, plaids and more, all in standout shades of red, blue and yellow. For those who prefer more low-key choices, you can check out the more subtle options at Thom Browne, Kenzo, Loewe and more.
More than just words
The ’90s revival of logomania is back for another season, but this time, the message goes beyond the typography. While Fendi reinforced some of their key values with words such as ‘Family‘ and ‘Faithful‘, Dior Homme celebrated their iconic ‘Le New Look 1947’ on menswear, and Prada sent out jackets and coats lined with fragments of meaningless texts in reference to ‘fake news’.
Contemporary brands, meanwhile, expressed their concerns with society and culture, with Undercover warning us of the possibility of a digital chaos with a series of raincoats emblazoned with ‘Warning. Human Error. Computer Malfunction’; and Bobby Abley commenting on the United States immigration policy with a sweatshirt adorned with ‘Legal Alien‘ in passport-style font.
Utilitarian aesthetics continue to shine in the spotlight, and the trend is extending to emergency and law enforcement forces. Junya Watanabe channeled uniforms worn by fire fighters, police officers and security guards by adding reflective strips on coats and trousers, while Christopher Raeburn took inspiration from clothes worn by sea rescue crews. Prada, on the other hand, sent out models with ID batches clipped to their clothes or bags, in a show space decorated like a courier warehouse.
Wild wild west
Designers looked to the wild wild west for inspiration this Fall/Winter 2018, with Astrid Andersen taking inspiration from the Buffalo movement of the 1980s and mixing plaid checks and cowboy hats with technical sportswear; and Dsquared² going full on western style by bringing back buckles, rhinestones, denim and more. Dries van Noten, on the other hand, kept it subtle with a well-balanced mix of influences from the American West, traditional British menswear, and Indian embroideries.
Cinched at the waist
A silhouette borrowed from trench coats, belted coats made a splash on the runways from designers like Haider Ackermann, Alexander McQueen and Dior Homme. The coats ranged from leather choices at Missoni and Berluti to more casual and effortless options such as the ones by Issey Miyake.