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INSPIRATION AND ADVICE

5 TRENDS FROM THE SS19 MENSWEAR SHOWS

By Kasia Hastings, July 19, 2018

Menswear’s leading talents have gathered once again to reset the sartorial agenda, this time for spring/summer 2019. From the new neutral hues to know to the most interesting accessory updates, London, Milan, Paris and New York delivered the goods in abundance. We’ve ciphered through them to bring you five of the biggest trends to help you get a stylish head start in the season. 
90s bucket hats featured frequently at the SS19 menswear shows | ASOS

Haute bucket hats

Menswear’s fixation with all things '90s continues with another of its cult pieces, the bucket hat, getting the high-fashion treatment for SS19. Though the favorite is reserved for wavy festival looks? Think again. From the era’s original style icons (namely Liam Gallagher) to the skaters among us and now menswear’s key players, the bucket hat is a style mainstay.

90s bucket hats featured frequently at the SS19 menswear shows | ASOS

Fendi, Versace and Valentino all offered luxe Italian takes on the accessory. In Milan, Fendi’s much-hyped, logo-heavy collection (left) featured black, red and brown printed designs worn with cool Matrix-style shades. Over in Paris, Valentino’s collaboration (right) with Nas, A$AP Ferg, Keith Ape and The Internet's Syd produced haute hip-hop bucket hats in luxe textures.

A neutral palette was a key trend at the SS19 menswear shows | ASOS

New-season neutrals

Sure, lightening things up in summer isn’t exactly groundbreaking, but we’re not talking your usual vacay fodder here. While we may have been championing all white steez for a while, come next spring, full-tonal looks in neutral hues are going to big news with white, cream and stone tones mixed for best results.

A neutral palette was a key trend at the SS19 menswear shows | ASOS

At the most anticipated show of the season, Virgil Abloh opened his Louis Vuitton debut (left) with a clean, well-cut statement of intent, sending his models down a rainbow runway in icy tailored looks. At Hermès (right), the trend was executed in typically sophisticated fashion — think cream marbled knits, gray shorts and leather H-cut sandals.

Eccentric sportswear was everywhere at the SS19 menswear shows | ASOS

Zany sportswear steez

Every season the fashion gods offer up a trend to challenge even the most eccentric dressers, and this time around menswear’s more avant-garde players are looking to sportswear’s less celebrated portions. From swimming goggles to waterproof phone pouches and quirky training gear, sportswear is about to go offbeat.

Eccentric sportswear was everywhere at the SS19 menswear shows | ASOS

Cult label Palm Angels collaborated with Under Armour (left) for its take on obscure sports accessories. It forgoed the tiny sunglasses trend in favor of techy goggle styles, hi-vis accents, protective gear and techy kicks. Elsewhere, MSGM opted for a more Club Tropicana-meets-retro-volleyballer vibe (right) with printed two-pieces, fluorescent swimwear and white wrap-around shades with contrasting lenses.

Graphic prints were seen all over the SS19 menswear shows | ASOS

Eye-popping graphics

If neutral tones and minimalist steez aren’t your cup of tea, look no further than SS19’s unapologetic prints. Bold, bright and anything but understated, colorful designs punctuated much of menswear’s vision for the season, with Italian-maestros Versace, Prada, Marni and Iceberg leading the charge.

Graphic prints were seen all over the SS19 menswear shows | ASOS

Donatella Versace (pronounced "Versa-chay," not "Versa-chee," she’ll have you know) advocated a rave-inspired approach (left) with acidic highlighter hues, graphic tees, newspaper prints, busy florals and bucket hats. For Iceberg’s first London showcase, it took inspiration from Italo Disco and soccer (right), with flashy shades, oversized logos, Snoopy prints and colored checkerboards. 

Americana pieces like denim jackets and bowling shirts were very popular at the SS19 menswear shows | ASOS

Amped-up Americana

From its iconic stars and stripes to cult pieces like the denim jacket, American culture never really goes out style. Whether you wear your Americana in earnest appreciation, or with a hint of irony, there’s no denying its influence and it's a trend that’s set to continue for SS19.

Americana pieces like denim jackets and bowling shirts were very popular at the SS19 menswear shows | ASOS

Pictures: Rex

Inspired by Las Vegas, London boy Liam Hodges paid homage to the City of Sin (left) with his maximalist vision of America, made up of casino motifs, bowling shirts and an ironic take on the Strips famous signage. Back at Palm Angels, designer Francesco Ragazzi’s tribute to rural California (right) came via oversized Bald Eagles and dusty desert landscapes. Yee-haw.

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