Menswear Trend Report: From 90’s fashion to animal prints, 9 styles that can rule Fall Winter 2019

by Anjori Grover Vasesi

06-February-2019  |  9 mins read

The buzz these days is that athleisure, streetwear and sportswear fashion have taken over the classic tailoring style of dressing. The latter may have been low for the past few seasons, but as a classic always remains a classic, sophisticated suits are back in the game for Autumn Winter ’19 – but, make no mistake, they are new and updated to suit the palate of today.

Functionality and comfort is at the apex- so it was a delight to see long-line puffer and padded jackets do the rounds at fashion week this season. Canali opted for a muted woolen version, DSquared2 presented a bright spin on the piece whilst Iceberg opted for a retro feel, indicating the staple outerwear garment for Fall Winter 2019.

There a certain whiff of 90’s nostalgia in the air – and its only growing stronger by the season. Anything belonging to the decade is (right now) Gold. Fila’s Disruptor 2 was named the sneaker of the year in 2018, Kappa and Vans are having their moment, and 90’s sportswear styles are back. To cement the success of this trend, we have major luxury brands teaming up with such 90’s darlings (a la Fendi x Fila) to tap on the consumers of today – the millennials.

The trend is further solidified with the massive dominance of 90’s inspired pieces at the recently concluded Fall 2019 Menswear shows.

Gaining momentum from Summer 2019, the animal print is declaring its reign well into Fall Winter 2019 as well. Appearing in contrasting tones and mashup variations, the rich trend was a regular sight on the runways, with a nod from fashion stalwarts such as Versace, Celine, Dior and Marni, Philipp Plein.

In the colour department, men have matured from previous season’s muted palette of sage, burgundy and lavender to surprisingly opting for bright pops of neons that instantly remind you of a Glo-lighter 6-pack.

In the silhouettes and detail department, slit trousers were a noticeable rage, across the board, from wide legs styles, to tapered-down versions.

Apparel Resources has put together an analytical round-up of the most promising menswear trends that would prove to be excellent opportunity areas for the upcoming Fall Winter 2019 season. Read on to discover…

Dapper Men

This season of menswear fashion brought to mind a few things, bold, beautiful and dapper, hence, the pantsuit is an inevitable staple this season.

Sharply tailored suits in smooth, luxurious textiles, accentuated elegant silhouettes at Dior, Givenchy and Fendi, whilst sleek lengths and plush fabrics such as velvet and satin, exuded mystery, at Prada, Rochas and Valentino.

Bag Addict

Fanny packs emerge as the accessory of the year in 2018, with the category raking up as much as 25 per cent of the total accessories market. This opened up a plethora of business opportunities for the accessory segment, which has since then been translating itself on to the runways and across e-shops worldwide.

The season saw an umpteen number of designers and high fashion brands introduce interesting variations of bags for men, right from fanny packs to monogramed hand-held trunks, to sling bags and micro pouches.

Denim Dept.

In our October 2018 report, we discussed how denim is preparing for its 180 degree turnaround, and early signs of this have become evident in the recently concluded runway presentations.

Double denim is back on the trend block. From oversized denim jackets paired with matching oversized jeans to sixties style jackets accentuated with contrasting patchwork pockets and camp collars paired with slim cut jeans, denim-on-denim variations emerged aplenty.

Vintage washes, neutrals and browns and fuchsia were the popular colour code, whist the fit inclined more towards a tapered down, slim-cut version across capitals.

90s Kid

90’s nostalgia is blaring big guns. The trend has matured from subtle iterations two season prior to full-fledged open referencing over merchandise.

Anything belonging to the decade is (right now) Gold. Fila’s Disruptor 2 was named the sneaker of the year in 2018, Kappa is cool again and 90’s sports is back. No wonder then that major high fashion brands are teaming up with 90’s sportswear favorites to tap on the sentiment to appeal to the millennial consumer of today.

Oversized hoodies and sweatshirts, low-waist baggy denims, retro sportswear, dad trainers and zippered track jackets are all a rage in 2019.

– And let’s not forget, ‘LOGO REFERNCEING’ is key.

Gigantic Scarves

Massive, thick and cozy and knit, long-flowing scarves are a major trend this season. Flung over one shoulder, these snake-like accessories came in a myriad of colour and pattern options ranging from muted and earthy palettes to bright neons.

Knitted techniques were at the forefront with designers and brands experimenting with linear patterns and lengths and widths to achieve interesting surface detailing that keep you snug and fashion forward at the same time.

Skirting Around

It’s 2019, and skirts for men are a thing – and totally acceptable. We wouldn’t raise those eyebrows twice, with the legalization of homosexuality and celebration of genders becoming increasingly ‘normal’ throughout the world, it is but about time that gender-less, fluid fashion is promoted in the correct sense of the word.

Luis Vuitton presented a strong case with leather pleating, Thom Browne impressed us with his other-worldly midi lengths, Iceberg introduced streetwear-inspired patchwork kilts whilst Charles Jeffrey Loverboy went for sixties style kilts.

Animal Instinct

A mainstay throughout Fall 2018 as well as Summer 2019, the animal print is showing no sign of stopping anytime soon. If anything, it is only cementing its impact across categories and segments.

Fall 2019 saw menswear embracing the trend across the board- and especially in outerwear.

Coats, anoraks, zippered jackets, shirts and even shorts emerged in a myriad of colour options to choose from at Givenchy, Marcelo Burlon County, Neil Barrett and Dior among others.

Velvet Flush

Plush fabrics emerged over tuxedos at Dolce & Gabbana, over posh suits at Ralph Lauren and Brioni, and over luxurious bombers and wide legged trousers at Emporio Armani.

The only way to achieve subtlety with this trend is to wear it in an over-the-top head-to-toe way.

Duffle Shuffle

The Duffle coat derives its name from the material it was made from conventionally- duffle, a coarse, thick, woolen material, and is characterized by an assortment of front fastening toggles and a hoodie to go.

The new age duffle coat though, like to play with the norms and look a bit unconventional. So we have dramatic details such as oversized front fasteners, ankle-grazing lengths, slim-fit silhouettes and a varied selection of fabric choices, at our disposal in Fall 2019 – thanks to the creative geniuses behind these creations.

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