If one thing is to be taken from the Spring Summer 2019 men’s shows, it’s a drive to transmute the familiar. Reconceptualised staples were everywhere, as shirts, suiting and knitwear became a canvas for directional fits and finishes. A one-time summer solution, shorts, too, held a ubiquitous presence, while the return of utility was palpable in a sea of muddy palettes and pockets. Filtering the runways’ key moments into a wearable guide to the season, we serve up the SS19 trends and brands that deserve a place in your wardrobe.
Whether it’s louche, sized-up tailoring or directional co-ords, there’s more to the suit than business this spring. Think tone-on-tone layers and fashion-driven fits, or go full runway, styling your two-piece sans shirt.
Utilitarian details and hues ruled, on and off the runway, as practicality gets polished. With power pockets, khakis and flight suits appearing everywhere from Dries Van Noten to Margiela, it’s time to buckle in!
The trench coat’s perennial appeal ramped up a notch, with reinterpretations marching out in their droves. Realised in swirling Day-Glo brights at Dries Van Noten and slouched-up classics at Ami, this is the outerwear to invest in.
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Shorts are back with a vengeance. A bit offbeat, a lot casual ease - daring to bare is a simple switch guaranteed to lend outfits new energy. Shorts were seen as a carrier for bold prints at LOEWE, while structured staples reigned at Acne Studios.
Forget the humble tee – it’s the knit’s turn to go graphic. Outré intarsia – see Paul Smith and Maison Margiela – and technicolour blocking catapult the mood-lifting sweater to must-own, with added sling-on charm.
Less smart, more art - wildcard shirting is the new buttoned up. Billowing or boxy, this is anything but classic, appearing as an assault of unconventional prints, spliced together panelling and lesser seen fabrications.
Countering the return of the check with more than a few nods to Bambi, Riccardo Tisci’s first Burberry season marks a seriously fresh mood. Go in for boxy shirting and razor-sharp streetwear, alongside new workings of the iconic trench.
The brand without boundaries, NN07 – No Nationality – is tearing up preconceptions about its Copenhagen roots, seeking universal inspiration through global travel. Think expertly-constructed staples, driven by the finer details.
Pinned on multi-directional stripes and fluoro flashes, Maison Margiela’s latest serves a digestible route into John Galliano’s vision. A calling card for clean, contemporary staples, offset by re-spliced details and skewed lines.
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