5 street-inspired designer menswear collections of Spring/Summer 2019

  • Style
  • Wednesday, 04 Jul 2018

From left to right: Dior, Fendi and Hermes.

The influence of streetwear is not waning in fashion. For the upcoming Spring/Summer season, designers are still courting the young and the cool with casual runway looks.

Silhouettes are loose with pants more cropped than ever. Even the accessories have taken on either a bohemian feel or gangsta vibe. Wearing a suit? Remember to ditch the shirt and show off your abs.

Here’s a lowdown of the streetwise runway shows at the recent men’s fashion weeks in Paris and Milan.

Looking East

Cerruti 1881 draws from the edginess of Tokyo with wraparound tailoring and easy cuts. Not only are baggy trousers made sophisticated via the use of silken materials, tops take on a more laissez faire attitude by virtue of being oversized.

As design chief of the label Jason Basmajian so aptly explains after the runway show in Paris: “Cerruti is all about relaxed elegance and fluidity, and easy; I really wanted to distil those codes down.”

All Hyped Up

Kim Jones’ debut as head of Dior menswear brings a transformation to the label. The sleek sophistication of the fashion house is now being tempered with a resolutely modern edge.

He didn’t change everything though. Bumblebee graphics and roses are still mainstays of the new collection, which aim to appease old fans while capturing a new slice of the fashion market.

A Fresh Take

Whether you love or hate him, you have to admit that Virgil Abloh knows how to put on a show. As Louis Vuitton’s menswear artistic director, his first runway is seen as a makeover of sorts for the label.

A kaleidoscope of colours sets the tone for a hip collection. The mix of tailored suits and unconventional accessories – holsters, harnesses, protective zippered vests – works well in making fashion “real”.

Parisian Nonchalance

It is the want of super desirable and easy-to-wear clothes that defines Hermes’ Spring/Summer 2019 collection. Casual takes on a new meaning, where shorts are short and suits come without any shirts.

For Veronique Nichanian, artistic director of Hermes menswear, it is the sexier side of French men that apparently inspired her. Think athleisure, but transformed by French-flavoured chic.

Drawing From Dualism

Contrasting themes of light and dark inspire Fendi’s Spring/Summer 2019 menswear. Bucket hats, fanny packs and waterproof gear balance a sense of adventure with staid high-fashion.

As it is, Fendi’s creative director of menswear Silvia Venturini collaborated with guest artist Nico Vascellari for the season. Their partnership is seen in the balance of overt playfulness with streamline staples.

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