The showers that bring spring flowers rarely keep city dwellers inside. For next Spring/Summer expect men to take to the streets in fashion-forward raincoats and parkas in sheer nylons or new soft vinyls. These featherweight slickers come in solids or prints, and can be sophisticated enough to layer over a tailored suit or playful enough to adapt for young men or even kidswear. Lengths range from fingertip to almost-ankle; hoods and drawstring hems are key.

Dries Van Noten Menswear SS 2019
Juun J Menswear SS 2019
Y3 Menswear SS 2019
Dunhill Menswear SS 2019
Undercover Menswear SS 2019
Walter Van Beirendonck Menswear SS 2019


At first glance the newest graphic pullovers seem geared more to toddlers than trendsters. Screen-printed tees and intarsia sweaters are emblazoned with Saturday morning favorites from Simpsons to manga; others sport images from vintage comics or monster movies like Godzilla. A dark ground and a good dose of irony keeps it all feeling grown-up.

Louis Vuitton Menswear SS 2019
Off White Menswear SS 2019
Undercover Menswear SS 2019
MSGM Menswear SS 2019
Prada Menswear SS 2019
Iceberg Menswear SS 2019



Flat quilting, the kind usually used for industrial protection, gets an elegant turn for fall. There are diamond quilted jackets, circle skirts that borrow from bedspreads, and skirts that mimic moving blankets. While the thought of extra padding for apparel may make some cringe, lightweight constructions and clever cuts make these pieces wearable and desirable.

Undercover Fall/Winter RTW 18
Emilio Pucci Fall/Winter RTW 18
Off White Fall/Winter RTW 18
Balenciaga Fall/Winter RTW 18
Valentino Fall/Winter RTW 18
Ujoh Fall/Winter RTW 18




There’s a new matchy-matchy combo this season — pants layered with a matching skirt. The skirts can be long and graceful for Contemporary customers or short and sassy for Juniors. Many of the skirts tie-on apron-style, but some are created with built-in panels. Perhaps the look got its start with all the dress-over-pants layering seen on the streets — and emerging on runways as well.

Valentino Fall/Winter RTW 18
Undercover Fall/Winter RTW 18
Sacai Fall/Winter RTW 18
Marta Jakubowski Fall/Winter RTW 18
Palmer Harding Fall/Winter RTW 18
Akris Fall/Winter RTW 18


The newest kicks on the runways show lots of interesting details, signaling a movement away from the basic “dad sneaker” of last season. Design attributes range from the technical to the whimsical. There are ergonomic panels, fat-padded tongues, velcro ankle straps and furry accents. Black-and-white or brights still work, but newest are mirror-finish silver or pops of Day-Glo against a neutral upper. Soles include extended heels and checkerboard flatforms, spanning the divide between function and fashion.