One of the most anticipated Spring Summer fashion weeks for men wrapped up this month. From Virgil Abloh’s debut collection for Louis Vuitton, to praised designer Kim Jones’ presentation at Dior men’s show – the collections presented in London, Milan and Paris this season, received praise as well as criticism. Designers presented fresh renditions of their brand aesthetics and current trends.
So, what should men wear this season? And what should you toss? Here’s a round-up of the current trends à la Spring Summer 2018-2019 fashion week collections, front row stars and street style captures.
It is safe to say that the fashion world has shown a great liking to the classic holiday shirt. Seen everywhere from the streets of Milan and Paris to the runways of this season – the quintessential tropical shirt was worn in bold prints, with loose cargo pants or shorts.
Loose is better
Gone are the days when men wore torso hugging shirts and skinny jeans. It’s all about comfort today. From billowing shirts to baggy trousers, brands have embraced the look in their latest collections. And if you are wondering how you could style a pair of slouchy trousers or a shirt; just scroll through some street style shots from fashion week or go through the Instagram galleries of male bloggers like Sangiev or Jordan O’Brien, who have mastered this trend.
Probably the one word that has been used by almost everyone in the industry – street style, had a strong influence in the fashion scene. Designers like Virgil Abloh have created a cult following with his streetwear inspired clothing. This particular style is about hoodies, sweaters, loose pants and any clothing that says comfort wear. Brands like Dior and Hermès were trying to leverage this aesthetic with luxe t-shirts in a monogram print, jogger pants in rich colors or bomber jackets accented with sequins.
A stark contrast to the casual street style was the wide array of suits that brands presented this season. Even the king of streetwear, Virgil, had a suit or two in his debut collection. There were plenty of classic styles to choose from, and some rendered it in interesting ways – from suits worn by bare chested models to those cut in unexpected ways. Another popular style from this season was the iconic 80’s double-breasted suit. From Georgia Armani, Paul Smith to Versace – it was presented in different colors with fresh twists.
Sneakers to Cycling Sunglasses
Streetwear and sportswear influence was not only seen in clothes but in accessories as well. Sneakers being the most sought-after shoe style this year, especially after the commercially successful Yeezy sneaker by Kanye; celebrities and designer brands have jumped on the bandwagon, collaborating with renown sportswear brands like Nike and Adidas. You will find sneakers in every color and in the craziest, out-of-the-world designs.
The runways of this season showcased sunglasses and they were anything but basic. The 90’s classic, slim sunglasses were seen on Fendi and Versace’s minimal Matrix inspired sunglasses worn by models with bleached buzz cuts was striking. Perhaps the most unexpected trend seen on and off the runway was the cycling sunglasses. The bold frames, photochromic curved lenses blended well with the athleisure and high-end streetwear looks of this season.