In a season dominated by outerwear shapes and a return to tailoring, Drapers deciphers the key menswear trends for the autumn 19 season fresh from the catwalks of Paris Fashion Week Men’s.
Super-sized shapes: It was a case of the bigger the better for some designers in Paris this season, as pumped-up outerwear silhouettes stood out across the collections. These oversized shapes looked freshest when applied to classic tailored designs, such as pea coats and duffels.
Coated in colour: Brightly hued coats packed plenty of punch this season, and brought a pop of colour to many catwalks. While brands including Raf Simons, Berluti, Acne and Louis Vuitton pushed directional vibrancy, more commercial colours came as pastel shades or darker, autumnal tones.
Pick up a puffer: The padded puffer jacket in now a ubiquitous outerwear shape, and is a must-buy for autumn 19. In Paris, designers offered up fresh directions, including new shapes and unusual variations.
Get waisted: An addition to the longer-length outerwear trend, belted options brought a smarter, elegant touch to shin-skimming overcoats and trenches, seen at shows such as Dries Van Noten and Raf Simons.
On the prowl: Animal prints and patterns have been an unexpected menswear trend for autumn 19, across the catwalks of London, Milan and Paris. Feline spots and stripes have been the most common, but dappled cow hides and snake skin designs also tap into the trend.
Totally tonal: Matchy-matchy, head-to-toe tonal outfits made a subtle impact this season. A palette of creams and soft neutrals were frequently seen, although greys, blues and brighter tones also channel the trend.
Slick it up: From supple leather to high-shine fabrics, the trend from all things sleek came through on the Paris runways. Often providing contrast to outfits, items were teamed with soft or textured wools or gave a cool edge to tailoring and outerwear.
A suitable boy: The suit has featured in almost every collection this season, marking a return to smarter styles. In Paris, as in Milan and London before it, designers offered up a plethora of variations. The stand-out styles in Paris came in Kim Jones’s Dior Men collection, where traditional styles merged with a modern take to create a new form of smart, elegant tailoring.
Black across the board: Although designers offered up plenty of colour for the new season, autumn 19 also heralds the return of head-to-toe, all-black looks. This was seen from the tailoring of Valentino and Balmain, through to the edgier punky vibe of the likes of Comme des Garçons and Celine’s rock ’n’ rollers.
Paris long scarf
Swaddled in scarves: Extra-long scarves were a prominent accessory trend this season, wrapped around many models in London and Milan, and now the French capital. As statement-making as they are practical come the winter months, opt for cosy fabrics and eye-catching colours.