Presenting the last set of menswear shows for the AW18 season, this week Paris Men’s Fashion Week ended men’s fashion month in style. Here we’ve selected five of the best trends from the menswear season finale
The home of luxury fashion, Paris is the most suitable location for the finale of men’s fashion month. Following on from London and Milan, the Parisian shows this season presented the autumn/winter 2018/19 collections of some of the most revered luxury labels and completed this month’s insight into what the most fashionable men will be wearing this coming autumn/winter.
This season’s Paris shows were also the backdrop to two major fashion announcements; the return of Hedi Slimane to the LVMH family ‒ he takes on the top job at Céline, which will moving into menswear upon Slimane’s arrival; and the departure of Louis Vuitton menswear designer Kim Jones, who showed his final collection for the fashion house to critical acclaim. Here we’ve selected the five top trends from the week.
One of the season’s most unexpected trends was the way logos and branding played a pivotal role across the week’s fashion shows, perhaps marking the end of decades of subtle design and bashful simplicity often seen in luxury menswear collections. From designer names adorning baseball caps at Agnes B to large statement logos across sweaters at Cerruti and T-shirts at Dior, it’s going to be cool to let everyone know exactly who you’re wearing this winter.
Ever so slightly lifting the lid on the creation of collections, this season saw some of the biggest designers subtly highlight the construction of pieces seen on the runway. With raw seam and hem details on trench coats drawing attention to panelling at Hermès, seam studding across denim jackets at Dries Van Noten, and clear exterior pockets sewn on to jumpsuits with contrasting thread at Maison Margiela, the evidence of construction was on show for all to see.
Previously a big fashion faux pas, a shiny suit and coat seem to be the must-have items from the Paris shows this season. From Berluti’s single-button copper silk number and a similarly shining blue two-button suit from Hermès, to a dazzling, titanium-inspired reflective silver coat from Kim Jones’s last Louis Vuitton collection, it’s time to add some metallic touches to your formal wardrobe.
A subtle trend making a big impact, exaggerated collars on shirts, coats and outerwear made the fashion set and buyers take note at some of the most high profile shows of the season. From oversized shearling collars on suede coats at Alexander McQueen to ever so slightly exaggerated collars on Paul Smith’s leather jackets, and playful proportions on shirts at fashion-forward Wooyoungmi, the big collar trend seems set to be a favourite to filter across all menswear in coming seasons.
A streetwear staple of the past couple of years, cross-body bags for men, specifically pilot bags, seem to be a trend that has work its way up from street style to the catwalks of Paris. This season the cross-body bag is undoubtedly the man bag of the moment, seen in the form of a boxy 80s sound system-inspired bag at Christian Dada, a similarly boxy bright yellow bag at Y-3, and a travel-inspired cross-body bag at Louis Vuitton.