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STYLE AND CULTURE

7 STYLE PREDICTIONS FOR 2019

By Style Feed Staff, January 13, 2019

Forget January hibernation, there's lots to feel hyped about in 2019. We've taken a look into our sartorial crystal ball and foreseen another stylish and bingeable Netflix show, the fashion industry taking big animal-friendly steps and a host of new music and film releases to enjoy and take clothing cues from — not to mention some serious new trends for 2019. Fresh starts have never looked better.
A picture of a catwalk model wearing a Gucci jumper, neon T-shirt and wide-leg trousers.

Picture: IMAX Tree

New trend to watch out for in 2019 – neon

No longer found mainly in the wardrobes of late '80s warehouse ravers and crossing guards, neon has made its way onto the menswear runways of late. MSGM, Louis Vuitton and Versace went full fluoro with eye-popping greens, oranges and yellows for their SS19 shows, while Acne Studios and KENZO opted for a (marginally) more understated palette, incorporating the faded neon yellow of a well-worn hi-vis tank on suiting, sweaters and accessories. Expect to see PPE-certified shades entering your new-year rotation on a variety of streetwear staples like sweatshirts, beanies and tees. If you aren’t quite feeling the full glow-in-the-dark vibe, make like this Acne Studios model and add a neon accessory or under-layer to accent your neutrals. 
A streetstyle picture of a man wearing a beanie with an overshirt and a utility vest with wide-cut trousers and trainers.

Picture: IMAX Tree

Key detail for 2019 – utility pockets

"It’s just got too many pockets," said no one ever. For the year ahead, practicality is key with utility-pocket styling coming through on a number of fashion week collections. Seen across C2H4, Christopher Raeburn and A-COLD-WALL*, consider this your 2019 pocket wisdom: more is more. From boxy overshirts and functional vests to updated cargo pants, a surfeit of wallet-carrying options will bring practicality and a fresh, workwear vibe to your streetwear go-tos.

A photo of Christian Dior adjusting a model's dress

Picture: Courtesy of Christian Dior

Stylish exhibition to see – Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

If you didn’t make it to Paris last year for Musée des Arts Décoratifs' Christian Dior exhibit, don't fret: London's V&A museum is hosting its own this year, and it will likely make its way to other cities. Chronicling Dior’s 72-year history, the show will include 200 of the seminal designer's couture creations as well as delving into his influence on fashion and love of all things British.
A picture of the two main characters from Netflix's new show, Sex Education.

Picture: Netflix

Stylish show to binge on – Sex Education

Netflix’s new dramedy Sex Education follows awkward Otis (Asa Butterfield) and bad girl Maeve (Emma Mackey) as they open their own underground sex clinic at school, backed by (cringily enough) constant tips and updates from Otis' therapist mother (Gillian Anderson). If the retro-toned, color-blocked and floral ‘fits repped by best friends Otis and Erik are anything to go by, Sex Education will join Netflix stablemates Stranger Things and The End of the F*cking World in sending us straight from sofa to vintage-shopping spree.
A picture of a model wearing a Gucci scarf, knitted jumper and wide-leg trousers.

Picture: IMAX Tree

Industry trend to tap into – animal-friendly clothes

Some big names are making bigger changes to cruelty-free fashion this year with Gucci, Versace and Tommy Hilfiger all pledging to only use faux-fur in their collections. And it’s not stopping there, for more and more retailers, animal-related products like silk, mohair, feathers and cashmere are also joining the banned list — including ASOS for 2019. Creature-friendly couture? What's not to like?
A picture of a musician sitting in a deck chair in the sun.

Picture: Biz 3

Stylish musician to listen to – Reese LaFlare

Pro-skater/rapper/fashionista, Reese LaFlare’s got the whole slash gen, jack-of-all-trades thing going for him — but don’t confuse him with some upstart Instagrammer. The Atlanta MC has done the hard yards in his city’s booming hip-hop scene, releasing several years' worth of mixtapes before dropping his self-titled debut album last summer. With co-signs from Pusha T and Young Thug, and lyrical boasts about copping Balenciaga socks and not needing a stylist, LaFlare looks like being the latest rapper to influence our playlists and Saved Items in equal measure. 

Stylish movie to watch out for – The Beach Bum

With director Harmony Korine at the helm, the provocative auteur behind Gummo and Spring Breakers, you can expect an equally wild offering in the form of his newest film — The Beach Bum, coming this March. Starring Matthew McConaughey as Moondog, a reckless wandering poet, the film chronicles a hedonistic and carefree Florida lifestyle. With supporting cast that includes Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher and Zac Efron — styled up in neon fanny packs and Hawaiian shirts — you can consider our SS19 look, like, fully bodacious, man.

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