The nights are drawing in and despite the odd day of freaky yellow sunshine, the days are getting darker and colder with everyone that passes. Winter is coming. You knew that though and if you’re on top of your game you’ve already got your essential AW17 bits picked out. Time then to turn our attention to the year ahead and the brighter days of Spring Summer 2018, what will you be wearing when you don’t have to cover it all up with a massive coat? Well if the SS18 runway shows were anything to go by it’s going to be a bold summer. So forget about winter for a minute and let’s delve into the highlights of SS18.
Continuing their comeback on the men’s and women’s runways, the suit is now appearing brighter than ever. Making the look extra Crayola-crazy were Tom Ford, Kenzo, and Martine Rose, for an unconventional, not-your-everyday-office-staple type of suiting.
Designers on trend: Ami, Prada, Ermenegildo Zegna, Haider Ackermann, Paul Smith, Alexander McQueen (pictured bottom), Kenzo (pictured top), Acne Studios.
For the Spring 2018 men’s collection, stereotypically feminine fabrics – velvet, organza, and satin – were transformed into menswear essentials. On the runways of Ann Demeulemeester and Alexander McQueen, they appeared totally femme and fabulous; will the upcoming women’s shows alternate this look with even more menswear-inspired fabrics this season?
Designers on trend: Comme Des Garçons Homme Plus (pictured top), Alexander McQueen, Ann Demeulemeester (pictured bottom).
You can’t have missed this trend: The Hawaiian luau shirt was everywhere for men this season, from Louis Vuitton to SSS World Corp to Paul Smith. With all their variations, these tropical prints mark a revival in the making.
Designers on trend: Balenciaga (pictured bottom), Ami (pictured top), Palm Angels, Antonio Marras, Louis Vuitton, SSS World Corp, Paul Smith.
The high-waist look is weighing heavily on our style conscience this season. For us, it all started with Haider Ackermann’s play on visible boxers, but it kept rising higher and higher with added looks from Rick Owens, Dries Van Noten and Martine Rose.
Designers on trend: Rick Owens, Dries Van Noten, Lanvin, Martine Rose, Fendi, Lemaire (pictured bottom), Kenzo (pictured top), Haider Ackermann.
JUMPSUITS FOR DAYS
Though we’re still not likely to jump on board with the whole men’s romper look that was spreading like wildfire this summer, the full-legged jumpsuit trend is something we can really stand behind. But there’s no denying how cool a guy can look in a jumpsuit – just take a look at this season’s Prada man, in practical, proportion-playing coveralls.
Designers on trend: Prada, Boss, Ralph Lauren, Alexander McQueen (pictured top), Missoni, Lemaire (pictured bottom), Facetasm.
Inspired by the epitome of the Normcore movement (dads everywhere), we’ve come to discover one of our most love-to-hate, or hate-to-love, trends of the season – the dad vibe. Including simplified sweaters, jeans and blazers, this look was all the rage for J.W.Anderson, Junya Watanabe and Demna Gvasalia at Balenciaga and Vetements.
Designers on trend: Balenciaga, Vetements, A.P.C., J.W.Anderson (pictured top), Julien David, Fendi (pictured bottom), Cerruti 1881, Tod’s, Junya Watanabe.
HE WEARS SHORT-SHORTS
Shorts are back – and the shorter they are, the better. From Gosha Rubchinskiy’s micro Adidas soccer shorts to Dior Homme’s suiting shorts, this look may have had more variations and possibilities than any other trend on this list, but had every bit the potential for a strong style moment this spring.
Designers on trend: Dior Homme, Prada (pictured top), Thom Browne, Études, Dries Van Noten, Rick Owens, Gosha Rubchinskiy (pictured bottom), Salvatore Ferragamo, Christopher Shannon.
NOT YOUR GF’S SKIRTS
Still a hard look for most men to pull off effortlessly on the everyday sidewalk, the runway was filled with skirts of all shapes and sizes this season. From the bonafide skirts and dresses at Thom Browne to Vivienne Westwood’s kookier creations, here’s a look to take at face value – and for the definite fun factor it would add to any ensemble.
Designers on trend: Thom Browne, Alexander McQueen (pictured bottom), Craig Green, Vivienne Westwood, Charles Jeffrey Loverboy.
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