For Spring Summer 2019, one of the most noteworthy trends this season have been the reducing lengths at the menswear showcases. Nothing speaks summer as loud as shorts do, and its collective embrace by the fashion fraternity, makes us wonder why this staple hasn’t enjoyed the same spotlight in seasons past.
Menswear has been shifting to a much more experimentative and fluid nature, from its previous rigid and more conformed character. Designers and brands are going all out when it comes to experimenting with new silhouettes, colours, patterns, and techniques- and this season was no different.
The possibilities with the shorts of 2019 are endless- from loud, young and wild to chic, a wide variety of styles ranging from tiny bum skimmers, bermudas, swimming trunks, cycling shorts, tennis shorts, etc. made a case in point for the approaching season.
Techniques such as pleating, piping, embroidery, tie-dyed leather, neoprene variants, and digital printing featured over a plethora of fabric options to choose from. Materials such as cotton jersey, twill, mesh, satin, seersucker, and cotton-terry, ensure there is a piece for the day, as well as one more suitable for the nighttime and a few that commit to the seamless transition of the day-to-night concept.
Unabashedly paired alongside distinctive pieces, including tailored blazers and streetwear items, designers and high fashion labels took it upon themselves to create a statement this spring.
Designers and brands such Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton, Dries Van Noten, Thom Browne and, Dior Homme presented shorts paired alongside tailored suitings.
Crisp, precise cuts and straight silhouettes marked the Hermés SS’19 collection, while ready-to-wear giants such as Missoni and Cottweiler incorporated leather to lend a grungy look. Since athleisure is still a segment in demand, Off-White and Gosha Rubchinskiy went for an easy, elasticated sporty look and football shorts that were pulled high.
Fendi burst out with surreal logo prints fused with their signature stripes, whilst Balenciaga explored the utilitarian trend by turning zip-off trouser panels into functional hot pants.
Miuccia’s Prada took the road less traveled with their barely there denim and twill shorts paired with oversized boxy jackets in contrasting colours, that evoked a 90s rave style aesthetic. Jacquemus went for simpler shorts paired with waist bags whereas Lanvin flaunted preppy summer numbers apt for a beachside vacay.
Roomy at Dries Van Noten, skin-tights at Rick Owens, debonair, pant-style shorts at Dior Men and Margiela – there’s a whole new (short) world out there to cater to everyone’s taste and style.
If there could be a single trend that could define the Spring Summer 2019 season, it would be fashion world’s sudden obsession with shorts.