Trend alert: Menswear SS19 taking it back to the streets!

12 July 2018 - 09:17
By Keneilwe Pule

From Louis Vuitton to Dior, the mood and spirit of the men's spring/summer 2019 collections has had a unifying code: the streets. This time, menswear went far beyond clean-cut tailoring, solid colours and the usual masculine silhouettes.�

The SS 2019 collections promised to be entertaining, as some of the biggest fashion houses have new artistic directors eager to show their interpretations of the brands' legacies.

These changes included Kim Jones, former menswear artistic director at Louis Vuitton, who took the helm at Dior and was succeeded by Virgil Abloh, artistic director of OFFWHITE. At Burberry, Christopher Bailey was succeeded by Riccardo Tisci, former creative director at Givenchy.

From London to Milan and Paris to South Africa's menswear fashion week that ended on Saturday, we take a look at the hottest trends to look forward to come our spring and summer:

Pattern mix

Gentlemen, if you have grown tired of wearing solid colours, SS19 is the time to go overboard with clashing prints. The traditional army bomber jacket made way for a redesigned version in floral print, worn with drawstring wide-leg trousers, as showcased by local designer Chulaap.

Patterned shirt

You cannot build a SS19 wardrobe without a tropical-
inspired shirt, boasting a loose silhouette, with a V-shaped collar, as seen at Dolce & Gabbana. Other fashion brands, such as Liam Hodges and Alex Mullins, showed these shirts with elaborate floral and palm tree prints, proving you can never go wrong with a classic.

Colourful tailoring

Male suiting took on different colours for this season. Acne Studios had a pastel lime suit, while Versace went all the way up the colour spectrum with a bright pink one, worn with a matching lightweight sweater for a complete monotone look.

Louis Vuitton also made a daring millennial statement with a red suit, worn with a pointy utility shoe in a camel tone.


This might be the season for the "never-full" jacket. Sean Suen took the safari trend to new heights with a sleeveless outerwear jacket that had eight pockets in different sizes.

Some of these jackets were long length, while some resembled waist-length, sleek life jackets in off-whites, muted tones and a shot of bright pink, as showcased by Hazza.

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Bold stripes

It's the season for the nerdy man as Ami, Prada and Stella McCartney took us back in time with bold stripes. The only difference now is the playfulness of the striped sweaters, which have replaced the traditional "sexy sailor man" garments in nautical colours.

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The logo is back! At a time when streetwear cult brands are becoming the go-to places for fashion-forward garments, it is no surprise that high-end luxury brands are also feeling the need to assert their positions.

Fendi models took to the runway with head-to-toe outfits emblazoned with the house's monogram.


Love it or hate it, tie-dye has become the top pattern again. Louis Vuitton, Dior Homme, and local designer Chulaap took to the runway with garments patterned with the tie-dye technique, the origins of which date back about 1�200 years.

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Bright hues or neutral colours - the choice is yours.

Just when we thought gender-fluid collections - the deconstructed suit and a slimmer silhouette - were the pinnacle in menswear fashion, SS19 trends have further advanced the male closet by providing more options, leaving room for much desired individuality.