Backstage at Prada Spring 2019 menswear. Photo by Kuba Dabrowski.
Fashion week is upon us again! London was the first stop and Milan the second. Designers are rolling out their Spring 2019 menswear collections, and we’ve rounded up the highlights thus far. Read on to see looks from Prada, Versace and Marni.
For Spring 2019, Miuccia Prada gave a nod to the 60s with a collection of whimsical floral-printed turtlenecks, belted short-shorts (the male version of the miniskirt, a 60s staple), ruffled-front button downs in pink and blue. Prada continued her exploration of logomania (an element that’s appeared in the brand’s past few collections) with rubberized logo patches on the chest of tops and the pockets of pants. The accessory of the season? Trapper hats rendered in Prada’s signature Pocone nylon.
Versace presented its menswear collection along with a capsule collection of womenswear that translated each male look into an equally sexy ensemble for women. That being said, there wasn’t much demarcation between the men’s and women’s looks, save for small differences in hem length. The same prints, silhouettes and accessories were incorporated into each ensemble, regardless of gender (even the men wore body chains). Sexiness was masculinized and feminized, making for a bold, carefree collection that only the most confident could pull off.
An even rarer occurrence in mens than womenswear, body diversity was embraced at Marni. “Their bodies are imperfect and flawed and vulnerable like Egon Schiele’s drawings,” designer Francesco Risso said of the Marni man. “What really counts is the love and respect and awareness we feel for our body, however imperfect it could be,” he told Vogue. Relaxed separates in unconventional fabrics (terry cloth, mohair) hung from lanky figures, and floral patterned outerwear complemented more substantial physiques. The collection was undeniably tender, an ode to masculinity in all its varied forms.