For spring/summer 2019, in the midst of all the sneakers, we’ll also be seeing traditional models revisited in a modern key.
[On cover: Plein Sport, Marcelo Burlon e N°21]
Spring/summer 2019 has already been in the spotlight: from Pitti Uomo to White and the Milan and Paris fashion weeks, men’s fashions – and women’s fashions too, seeing the amount of womenswear and accessories present in the collections and on the catwalks – increasingly give the nod to street/sportswear, with clear examples of cross-contamination.
Starting with footwear, where sneakers reign supreme for everyday wear.
So, is casual really the name of the game in menswear?
In the midst of so much colour, sports kits and shoes – inspired by various sports including tennis -, track suits, extra-large trousers and t-shirts, we are now seeing a more laid-back, less formal version of the double-breasted jacket come into vogue. The same goes for the single and double monk strap shoe, which distances itself from the super-classic style thanks to revamped shapes and soles. These are the trends and models for next summer to keep an eye on.
Maybe it’s because today’s tennis champions are seen as worldwide celebrities, or maybe it’s because tennis is extremely popular amongst all age groups: whatever the reason, tennis is once again influencing clothing and footwear. There are brands that have chosen rackets as accessories to accompany the mood of their fashion shows (Plein Sport) and presentations (Eleventy) and shoe companies that have reinterpreted their own iconic models (Bally).
Or, simply, many collections are freely inspired by the world of tennis, as seen in the clean, minimalist lines of their shoes.
One of the colours dominating the fashion shows is red. And in footwear as well, both for casual wear and dressy occasions, it has become “the new black”, adding a dash of colour to an outfit. There is also a plethora of multicolour models, especially sneakers, which are often regaled with flashes of fluorescent fuchsia or yellow.
The double buckle
Amongst the more traditional models, the single and double monk-strap – as shoes with one or two buckles are called – breaks away from the super-classic shoe thanks to a revamped sole: this is often chunkier or incorporates materials such as cork – so as to complement even the most casual men’s outfits.