The four major men’s fashion weeks offer a clear direction on how fashion is moving throughout the entire year. Milan is usually the amphitheatre for sartorially inclined looks while Paris fires up with high-fashion streetwear. But with every show outrivalling each other one after another, it is almost impossible to pinpoint what to expect on the runway.
Spring/Summer 2019 proves to be an interesting season for menswear with the exciting debuts of Kim Jones for Dior Homme and Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton. Fashion houses are also elevating their game with the likes of Hermes, Fendi, and Prada injecting an element of surprise to classics – reinterpreting archival pieces with a new code of aesthetics.
As more runway pieces are being rolled out in stores and boutiques worldwide, here’s a lowdown on everything Spring/Summer 2019 has to offer for menswear.
ZZegna is bringing on their ‘A’ game with a series of sporty yet sartorial looks combining bold colours and sharp lines. The collection suggests a playful take on the otherwise rigid suits — giving the idea of ‘athleisure’ a whole new dimension (and comfort).
Layering Bold Accents
Prada goes all out with its SS19 menswear collection — this time featuring layers (and layers) of bold accents that are paired beautifully with dark muted tones. The alternating play of prints also adds interests to the idea of menswear — beckoning the need to express your personality through your outfits.
The Art of Whimsy
It comes to no surprise that Dries van Noten is just doing what he does best. He makes the pieces look and feel easy and comfortable with a relaxed tailoring approach and large prints that run from front to back. You’re sure to turn some heads when sporting these colourful look (in a good way). The Belgian fashion designer reiterates: “I wanted to push the whole idea of colour for men. You can go quite far with colours, as long as you keep the shapes recognisable.”
The narrative of Virgil Abloh’s personal identity as a designer of his own brand, Off-White was exercised in his debut SS19 collection for Louis Vuitton — the collection started with an all-white affair and just like how light passes through the prism, the runway show developed with an array of multi-coloured monotone pieces. Each ensemble is a statement but we love the muted ones in off-whites and hues of cafe au lait — timeless looks that you can carry all year long.
Gucci presents yet another 70s-inspired collection with over-the-top presentations and Grace Jones-approved maximalist styles. But think of these pieces as separates – statement pieces that you can pair with your daily outfits.
Kim Jones’ debut collection for Dior Homme is truly a marriage of rigour and fantasy. The soft lines in each sartorial look give the wearer a subtle elegance. Perhaps this year, it is time to ditch those dark gaudy black and grey suits — instead consider pastel silhouettes of baby blue, pink and sheer.
We love the colour palette that Hermes is bringing to the drawing board this season. Bright yellow, moss green, camel, mauve, dusty blue and its signature orange are juxtaposed beautifully to create the perfect ensemble for urban men. The collection suggests the beauty of colour blocking when putting together your outfit of the day.
Bags, Bags, Bags
Men don’t just carry messengers or backpacks anymore. The list has expanded to fanny packs, totes, clutches, neck wallets and belt bags. Fendi is bringing exactly that to its Logomania frenzy collection with an avalanche of accessories in all shapes and sizes – a statement piece to carry on different occasions.