Five Key Trends from the Fall 2019 Menswear Collections
Fall 2019 is a great time for menswear. In the last few years we’ve seen mens fashion explode with more variety, color, and individuality than ever before. In fact, in the last two years an increasing numbers of designers have opted to show their men’s and women’s collections together, which makes sense given that the menswear collections are as noteworthy as the women’s collections.
Thanks in part to todays changing gender roles, or perhaps because the world is more aware of itself with more voices being heard and more visibility on the true diversity of the world we live in. Whatever the reason, we are seeing every fashion rule broken as men are encouraged to step out of their comfort zone and experience the pleasure of self expression through their wardrobes. Here are the top five trends for 2019 that are sure to inspire you to put your fashion foot forward and try something new:
Lover Boy – 70’s Rock Star
Who doesn’t secretly want to look like a rockstar? It’s easier than you might imagine, with a slim fitting statement jacket and the right pair of boots. Ann Demeulemeester’s boho sweaters and pirate shirts may be a bit much for every day, but her cropped relaxed trousers perfectly show off diamond-toe boots wrapped in belts and hardware. Throw a lean black jacket over trousers and a skinny tie like the ones at Celine for an off-duty Beatles inspired look. Or transform a t-shirt and jeans with an Edwardian-shouldered jacket from Neil Barrett for a modernist version of rockstar glam. If ever in doubt, you can’t go wrong with a classic motorcycle jacket, and this season there are plenty to chose from, whether you prefer a tried and true moto style or something extra special like Balmain’s fully studded hand painted punk rendition.
The Long Rider – Floor Sweeping Statement Coats
If you want to transform your fall winter wardrobe in one fell swoop, all you really need is an amazing statement coat. Designers unanimously adopted longer hemlines giving this season’s coats more movement, and room to play with details on an elegant and dramatic silhouette. Alex Mullins showed expertly tailored great coats in rich classic tones with huge modern lapels and strong, sloped shoulders. Private Policy created beautiful top coats with carefully rendered peaked lapels in metallic satin. Feng Chen Wang and Yohji Yamamoto’s floor sweeping trench coats display organic, nebulous color variations that appear hand dyed or woven into the fabric. Fendi showed the most classic tailored overcoats of all in both traditional wool, and also sheer organza, reflecting on both tradition and the ingenuity of today’s best men’s fashion.
Stray Cats – Wild Animal Prints
While we’re on the glam train, we should mention the prevalence of wild, big cat patterns showing up on faux fur coats, shirts and trousers, and even sweaters. Cheetah and leopard prints are now well on their way to becoming a classic in menswear. Animal prints are dramatic, playful and symbolize fierceness and strength. A full on cheetah coat can make quite a statement, and there are plenty to choose from at almost every fashion house including Versace, Dior, Marni, and Celine. But you don’t have to wear animal prints head to toe to get it right. Armani and Neil Barrett worked tiger stripe accents onto sweaters, while Ovadia and Sons used cheetah as a base layer under solid black, or as a lining peeking out from a coat.
Printapalooza – Vivid Supercharged Prints
Animal prints are by no means the only way to wear pattern this season. Prints are the perfect way to say something about what you like or how you feel. Pokemon fans will love Bobby Abley’s Pikachu printed sweatshirts and pants. Versace’s signature prints are being re-issued and remixed on a large scale from head to toe in looks that scream youthful extravagance and 80’s nostalgia at the same time. Head to toe prints don’t actually have to be wildly dramatic, though. Zegna’s brilliant urban skyline meets electronic circuit board appears large scale on a black and tan sweater worn over a trouser in the same pattern rendered on a smaller scale. The result is surprisingly chic and wearable. Head to toe prints are probably best left to the runway and special occasions; nonetheless, adding one printed piece to your wardrobe is a great way to add interest to an everyday look of solid basics.
Neo Matrix – Gothic Style
Maybe you’d rather be cloaked in mystery than wear your heart on your sleeve. If that’s the case, then the new wave of goth infiltrating the Fall 2019 collections is just the thing for you. Head to toe black offers a cool, vampy counterbalance to all the color and pattern seen on the runways this fall. From sporty to austere, the most club worthy looks come from Comme des Garçons in the form of deconstructed tailcoats worn with spiked chest pieces. Philipp Plein nailed the cowboy goth with dazzling western details, metal studs, and glistening black crocodile leather worn with cowboy boots. But goth doesn’t have to be loud. Celine’s simple, buttoned up black mandarin collar suit and sunglasses give off a priest-like vibe. Rick Owens merged his always beautifully tailored coats into long silhouettes in dusty tones for a truly modernist version fit for the office or a night out. Louis Vuitton and N. Hoolywood paired a classic black trench coat over a simple black shirt and trousers for an office friendly look that’s both subdued and powerful. Tom Ford’s elegant goth wears a black velvet jacket with leather pants and gloves, finished by a black satin scarf.