Being officially halfway through 2019 begs some reflection, and it’s difficult to pinpoint one style or trend that defined the past decade. One could argue that it would be the pervasive streetwear movement, which reached fever pitch when Balenciaga released the Triple S sneaker, spurring an entire footwear movement. But, as the past couple of seasons have shown, we’re seeing a shift toward more tailored looks that cross genres with ease. And while an elevated spin on sneakers and logos is still very much alive, we love seeing how designers are cleverly mixing elements of tailoring with athleisure.
In between these styles, there’s an embrace of ’70s rock-and-roll vibes (as seen from The Soloist, Amiri, and Céline), as well as ’90s grunge and minimalism (Givenchy, Jil Sander, J.W.Anderson, and more). There’s also been a more open dialogue about gender fluidity and style, and it’s been exciting to see how designers like Jonathan Anderson at Loewe possess a refreshing ability to reject masculinity norms with quiet nonchalance.
Here, we rounded up our favorite fashion moments from the menswear collections, all of which are sure to make getting dressed modern, experimental, and, most importantly, fun.
SHOP ALL MEN’S
MODERN TAILORING AND METAL DETAILS
At The Soloist, soon to be exclusively ours (XO), and Alyx we saw clean, well-tailored jackets juxtaposed with fine metal hardware. The zippers and chains at both shows stood out and added modern edge. Even though The Soloist leaned heavily on a ’70s aesthetic, a looser fit made it feel current. At Givenchy, Clare Waight Keller’s designs were minimalist and reminiscent of the ’90s.
GRAFFITI AND PAINT PRINTS
There was a wonderful collision of different styles of art by hand, like painting and graffiti. As prints, we saw Virgil Abloh’s Off-White make an ode to street art by teaming up with the graffiti artist Futura. At both Sterling Ruby and Raf Simons, bold paint—splattered and in strategic strokes—made an appearance. We also loved the patchwork and vintage feel of Bode’s collection that paid tribute to her family’s history in the Bode Wagon Company’s commission for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in America during the early 20th century. The brand will be an exclusive launch this fall at Barneys.
BRIGHT, TONAL LOOKS
The trend continues in tonal style. It’s easy to put together and automatically elevates your look. Bright colors are refreshing to see and match the vibe of the spring season.
Minimalism is here to stay, and J.W.Anderson’s collection conjured romanticism with its easygoing knits in pastel and bright colors and draped trench coats that looked like one had wings. Anderson’s collection at Loewe was accompanied by whimsical accessories; models wore feathers and what appeared to be organza flowers in their hair. Long tunics in luxe suede were also standouts. Meanwhile, Jil Sander stayed true to its minimalist aesthetic and also had a strong display of cool duster coats, striped pajama-like sets, and color-blocked jackets that reminded us of a contemporary art gallery.
Thom Browne’s theatrical collection included accessories that incorporated basketballs, baseballs, and footballs. At Amiri, there were bags shaped as drums and guitars that spoke to the collection’s theme of ’70s rock nostalgia.