Spring 2019 looks brought us designers with the next big idea in men’s fashion. New designers have emerged and are re-creating fashion houses. Streetwear has become a phenomenon, a lifestyle, a brand. Let’s recap some of our favorite designers as we look forward to Milan and Paris Fashion Week.
First, we can’t talk about streetwear without mentioning Kanye West. Yeezy steps in and teaches us how to incorporate streetwear into our daily lives. The brand’s aesthetic features a color palette of mostly nude and muted tones that have triggered the rise of “luxe” streetwear on the runway.
A friend of West, Virgil Abloh, is making waves in the industry. Starting his first fashion house, Off-White, in just 2013, his streetwear brand is one of fashion’s most talked-about breakout brands. In March of this year, Abloh was named artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear ready-to-wear, making him the first person of African descent to lead the brand’s menswear line. Abloh debuted his first Louis Vuitton collection at the 2018 Men’s Fashion Week in Paris.
Abloh didn’t go to fashion school, but he is one of the few designers who truly marries street culture with high fashion. His humble-smart, personal-friendly communication skills are of a caliber that can bring people to him. He knew his audience and knew just who he was designing for when he made the transition to Louis Vuitton. Michael Burke, Louis Vuitton’s chairman and CEO, praised how Abloh’s “innate creativity and disruptive approach have made him so relevant, not just in the world of fashion but in popular culture today.”
Burberry may be headed in a new direction- thanks to new designer Riccardo Tisci, who just made his first debut at London Fashion Week. His much-anticipated collection, Kingdom, is a mix of the British lifestyle. The three-part collection featuring Refined, Relaxed, and Evening showcased tailored men in close-to-the torso suits and smart parkas.
Prada brought us a masculine authority in the cleanly cut single-vented colored blazers and seamed, washed jeans with a break. Printed, striped, or plain short shorts made several appearances on the runway with every single look featuring a bag slung across the right shoulder.
After departing the world of Louis Vuitton, Kim Jones joins Dior Homme as their artistic director for Dior menswear and gives you an entirely new fashion experience. During Paris Fashion Week, Jones debuted his first collection using soft hues of pink, blue, tan and white. Jones gracefully executed menswear that intelligently implemented mild saturation and textured prints. Jones surpassed the trend and is creating modern motion in the world of men’s fashion by showcasing the ultimate dapper street man.