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Trends: Men’s Spring/Summer 2018 PART 1

The European shows for Men’s Spring/Summer 2018 have wrapped and it’s time to break down the key trends.  Reflecting the trend toward more casual lifestyles, there were plenty of sports and ath-leisure looks on the runways.  But for the guy who likes to dress it up a bit, new twists in tailored clothing should spark a renewed interest in the category.  Recognizing that luxury fashion demands something more, designers showcased special techniques and extraordinary fabrics that will set new bars for menswear.

Alexander McQueen Men's Spring 2018

Alexander McQueen Men’s Spring 2018

Balenciaga Men's Spring 2018

Balenciaga Men’s Spring 2018

Dondup Men's Spring 2018

Dondup Men’s Spring 2018

Etro Men's Spring 2018

Etro men’s Spring 2018

GCDS Men's Spring 2018

GCDS Men’s Spring 2018

GCDS Men's Spring 2018

GCDS Men’s Spring 2018

Kenzo Men's Spring 2018

Kenzo Men’s Spring 2018

Trends from Men’s Spring/Summer 2018  Runways

The Decades

We call this trend “The Decades” because across the collections designers referenced a range of “vintage” fashion eras.  Perhaps most prominent this season was the Eighties.  As a new generation of guys comes into their own in their professional careers and has some money to spend, they recall the guy who set their men’s style guide, their dads.  These were the dad’s of the 1980’s and we remember them in boxy double-breasted jackets (remember Dynasty?), pastel colors (A bit of Miami Vice) and beautifully draped, loose fitting pants .  The look was cool and polished with just a hint of a casual edge.  Another reminder of the era were the all-white looks.  Of course it was also the era of acid wash jeans, but we’ll forget that for the moment.

Balenciaga Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Balenciaga Men’s Spring/ Summer 2018

Balenciaga Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Balenciaga Men’s Spring 2018

Balmain Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Balmain Men’s Spring 2018

Billionaire Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Billionaire Men’s Spring 2018

Donup Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Dondup Men’s Spring 2018

Ermanno Scervino Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Ermanno Scervino Men’s Spring/ Summer 2018

Fendi Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Fendi Men’s Spring 2018

Fendi Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Fendi Men’s Spring 2018

Fendi Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Fendi Men’s Spring 2018

Fendi Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Fendi Men’s Spring 2018

Fendi Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Fendi Men’s Spring 2018

Fendi Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Fendi Men’s Spring 2018

Haider Ackermann Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Haider Ackermann Men’s Spring 2018

Haider Ackermann Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Haider Ackermann Men’s Spring 2018

Julien David Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Julien David Men’s Spring 2018

Kenzo Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Kenzo Men’s Spring 2018

Kenzo Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Kenzo Men’s Spring 2018

3.1 Phillip Lim Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

3.1 Phillip Lim Men’s Spring 2018

Poan Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Poan Men’s Spring 2018

Yang Li Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Yang Li Men’s Spring 2018

Yang Li Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Yang Li Men’s Spring 2018

Y/Project Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Y/Project Men’s Spring 2018

But the fifties played a role in these collections too!  Baggy pants and guayabera shirts,  reminders of the cool Cuban style of the ‘50’s, offered chic, easy alternatives for the guy with style.

Bonaparte Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Bonaparte Men’s Spring 2018

Bonaparte Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Bonaparte Men’s Spring 2018

Bonaparte Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Bonaparte Men’s Spring 2018

Chin Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Chin Men’s Spring 2018

Ludovic Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Ludovic de Saint Sernin Men’s Spring 2018

No. 21 Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

No. 21 Men’s Spring 2018

Yang Li Men's Spring 2018

Yang Li Men’s Spring 2018

Layers

Layering has been a big trend for men and women for several seasons now.  Functional and versatile, the layering trend is a smart business move for brands as it gives retailers the opportunity to sell multiple pieces.  Combinations of colors, textures and patterns deliver unique looks that reflect the individual, no matter the season.  Proportions can play a role to, as they do this season with shorter layers shown on top of longer pieces, the inverse of what we’ve come to expect as the norm.  When it comes to creative style, layering is like having the gift of imagination that comes with the  box of 128 crayons.

Astrid Andersen Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Astrid Andersen Men’s Spring 2018

Balmain Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Balmain Men’s Spring 2018

Balmain Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Balmain Men’s Spring 2018

Comme des Garçons Homme Plus Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Comme des Garçons Homme Plus Men’s Spring 2018

Dsquared2 Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Dsquared2 Men’s Spring 2018

Dsquared2 Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Dsquared2 Men’s Spring 2018

Hermes Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Hermès Men’s Spring 2018

Missioni Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Missoni Men’s Spring 2018

Tom Ford Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Tom Ford Men’s Spring 2018

Y/Project Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Y/Project Men’s Spring 2018

Double Breasted Suits

From the crisp, tailored looks of the boardroom to more relaxed, easy shapes, the double breasted look projects power and confidence.  Luxury fabrications in interesting prints, twists on button treatments and unique tailoring tweaks are updating the classic silhouette.  For the guys who like to dress it up a bit or the occasions that dictate a dressier vibe, these fresh and modern takes on double breasted style are just the answer and prove that tailored clothing is alive and well.

Billionaire Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Billionaire Men’s Spring 2018

Billionaire Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Billionaire Men’s Spring 2018

Billionaire Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Billionaire Men’s Spring 2018

Billionaire Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Billionaire Men’s Spring 2018

Billionaire Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Billionaire Men’s Spring 2018

3.1 Phillip Lim Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

3.1 Phillip Lim Men’s Spring 2018

Next up….more Men’s SS 2018 trends including the top fur looks for the season.

Alexander McQueen Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Alexander McQueen Men’s Spring 2018

Astrid Anderson Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Astrid Andersen Men’s Spring 2018

Bally Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Bally Men’s Spring 2018

Bally Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Bally Men’s Spring 2018

Bally Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Bally Men’s Spring 2018

Bally Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Bally Men’s Spring 2018

Dsquared2 Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Dsquared2 Men’s Spring 2018

Fendi Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Fendi Men’s Spring 2018

Fendi Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Fendi Men’s Spring 2018

Fendi Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Fendi Men’s Spring 2018

Fendi Men's Spring/ Summer 2018

Fendi Men’s Spring 2018