Babydoll Dresses and bonnets for men. Is the future of fashion binary? In 2016, Atlanta rapper Young Thug was photographed wearing a soft periwinkle blue dress covered with layers of delicate rows of ruffles and bows for his album, “Jeffrey.” The now-iconic dress helped propel Alessandro Trincone into popularity amongst the fashion glitterati. Now almost two years later, Trincone revisited the dress for Spring 2019 with the idea of “embodying power within us.” Namely, the power to be free of gender norms and stigmas surrounding what men can and cannot wear.
At his Spring 2019 menswear presentation Christopher Bevans, creative director for Dyne allowed guests to place an order for his menswear on the spot. The collection entitled “Future Nomad” encompasses performance athleticism and contemporary fashion. Bevans is skilled at morphing super high-tech fabrics and performance designs with fashion silhouettes that reflect today’s trends.
Descendant of Thieves
Descendant of Thieves, a New York based label founded by Matteo Maniatty and Dres Ladro created a collection around the glamorous jet-set culture of Tulum. An array of breezy tropical prints allude to the new-age atmosphere of Tulum, and hint at the ancient culture of the Yucatan peninsula with Day of the Dead motifs and relaxed silhouettes that you’d actually want to wear on a hot summer day.
First-time presenter Sundae School considers itself a cannabis lovers smokewear label that delivers unconventional style for modern-day enthusiasts. The designer, Dae Lim, formerly at VFILES and McKinsey & Company, studied applied mathematics at Harvard, putting both parts of his background to use in his menswear collection.
A recent recipient of the Tokyo Fashion Awards, with shows in Paris and New York, Taakk explored the role of geometry and transparency in producing their latest collection. At the brand’s SS19 presentation the designers sent out multiple jumpsuits and two-piece ensembles made out of high tech shell materials that appeared to be thicker than polyurethane with a ghostly translucent appearance.
This is Sweden
Ana and Pablo Londono created the label “This is Sweden,” as both a political statement and future-envisioning collection. The result blends Swedish culture and symbols with hi-tech materials and immaculate construction. Matching jeans and cropped jackets were rendered in bright yellow and deconstructed materials. While street wise camouflage patterns created a contrast against the fluidity of average streetwear silhouettes: The universality of denim, versus the militaristic, if not right-wing symbolic, print.
Be Nice to Nerds. In a nod to Bill Gates, designer Ryohei Kawanishi struck on the dress codes of yet another subculture for Spring 2019. “At first I chose skate and surf as the fundamental silhouettes,” explained Kawanishi. Then a message arrived from the Cartoon Network, proposing a collaboration with the show Adventure Time. “So I twisted that idea to Net surfing,” he said. In other words—nerd culture.
Delicious and refreshing – Carlos Campos’ Spring 2019 collection featured his name in Coca Cola font over top of pieces reminiscent of his Latin roots. “As every season goes by, it’s good to remind yourself of who you really are,” says the designer. No piece was without his signature graphic element and crisp tailoring of course, but the introduction of intentionally inside-out pockets was unexpectedly cool.
LANDLORD Men’s “Bob” Compact-Knit Short-Sleeve T-Shirt • $69
Descendant Of Thieves Hawaiian Sketch Slim Fit Shirt • $34.97
Taakk sequinned T-shirt • $204
DYNE Men’s Colorblocked Hooded Jacket • $250
Carlos Campos Longline Jacquard Coat • Carlos Campos • $295