A fluctuation of massive proportions is under play on the men’s fashion scene continuing from the last couple of seasons. As the era of refined suiting comes to an end, thanks to casual work wardrobes, designers appear lost in terms of their creative direction while new brand identities are being charted everywhere.
It has become a great time for designers to step away from doing what they call their signature styles and offer a fresh take on fashion’s modern silhouette. However, it is obvious that designers are well aware of the fact that creativity comes at a price and so innovation is not as avant-garde as it used to be, but it is there nonetheless.
At Berluti, we saw buttery soft leather coats and Lanvin brought forward a clinically clean collaboration of Macintosh jackets but for Armani, the direction was impartially business with sharp tailored double-breasted suit forming a big portion of the line-up. Functionality was also in prime focus. Even though streetwear is now an overall styling norm everywhere to appease the millennial buyers, the silhouette’s shape and size still became much more commercially viable this time.
Closer home, Naresh Kumar of Kashvi Designs affirms Apparel Resources team’s sentiments for the season explaining that there is nothing overtly trendy in the men’s fashion demand from buyers either. The silhouettes are fairly basic with polo and round neck T-shirt, a popular pick as always. As for value addition, there is a focus on crisp collars where jacquards or prints are being employed. The ubiquitous bomber jacket has become much lighter and trans-seasonal and is definitely a hot selling retail item, coming with visible zippers and large pockets in various colours.
From body-conscious suiting to large patch pockets, here are some of major silhouettes and details spotted in the Men’s Fall/Winter 2018-19 collections.