It’s a brand new decade of style. Over the next few months and years, under the watchful eyes of trendspotters, editors, and stylists, the runways of Milan, Paris, New York, London, and Shanghai will be stormed by legions in luxe, rich fabrics with tones, hues, and textures from every dimension of the spectrum. From structured to louche, from refined to edgy, not to forget environmentally conscious fabrics and the use of vegan leather, the fashion world is rolling ahead full steam. But as is its cyclical nature, some stories outlast the others. Immediately ahead, we observe a few key tendencies that are not bound to disappear anytime soon.
So what can we expect as the next ten years, full of unfulfilled fashion dreams that are yet to have their moment, hurtle us into their ever accelerating orbit? What are some of the delicious surprises that await us, the nameless consumer of its creative assembly lines? To begin with, tailoring will never go out of style. Add that touch of monochrome that is deluging style racks, and you will see that it’s about a classic presentation that does not leave any loose ends untied. So from Balenciaga’s latest presentation of men and women in powersuits in dark monochromatic hues, it was about gender equality — one of the coming decade’s hottest buzzwords — that is almost militaristic in its approach. Inspired by the power of politics — imagine Angela Merkel in one such suit — it’s about cohesiveness and uniformity. While Dior Men, ever at the forefront of impeccable tailoring, kept it light, with suits in powdery blue and icy white monochrome, with the strong shoulder statement du jour.
Also read: Dress like you own the party
Elsewhere, the Cuban shirt rules. Spotted at Bally in a boxy avatar, and at Marni, tucked in like a dad shirt in high-waisted pants, this short sleeved creation is best worn open-necked, preferably with a surfeit of tropical prints. The sheer truth of it all is that transparent fabrics, once considered a mainstay in womenswear, are here to stay. From Dolce & Gabbana’s see-through shirts to Giorgio Armani’s easy breezy creations from the indigo family, or the drama of black net and lace at Dsquared2, the message is clear — don’t be afraid to show some skin. And satin, another fabric that finds favour in womenswear, is used to full effect at Dior Men and Ermenegildo Zegna. As menswear evolves, so do our perceptions, and ultimately, it’s always about rules — and knowing how and when to break them.
GET A GRIP!
Gucci’s Creative Director Alessandro Michele, long fascinated by the inclusive and radical skateboarding community, has invited skateboarders from around the world to share their stories in a visual exploration around the genderless Grip watch by Gucci. With its highly contemporary style, and inspired by the grip tape that skaters use on their decks, the watch is featured hanging out with skating communities such as California-based queer project Unity, as well as groups from London, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, New York, Shanghai, and Seoul, photographed by photographers such as Clementine Scheidermann, Tyler Blue Golden, Noah Dillon, and Shinpei Ueno. Gucci Grip and the spirit of skateboarding are also the focus of the third game added to Gucci Arcade, the new section of the Gucci App that allow users to play with House characters, inspired by vintage video games.
Also read: Time to get layered
CHRIS ON THE GO
International travel maison TUMI collaborates with Hollywood star Chris Pratt on a unique collection for Asia Pacific and the Middle East. The 9-piece TUMI x Chris Pratt capsule collection was designed by the actor and TUMI Creative Director Victor Sanz, and is inspired by Chris’ personal packing style and on-the-road travel mantra. Born during a shoot for the brand’s Spring 2019 campaign, Chris and Victor started brainstorming about their dream bag — and a collab was on the way. The special TUMI x Chris Pratt collection features a brand new 2-in-1 Backpack Duffel, unique travel cases, and a range of packing cubes and accessories for a perfect journey. Striking orange accents — personally chosen by Chris — brilliantly adorn each piece. “On my travels, it’s important to have something that roots me and makes me feel like I’m at home,” says Chris. “I live out of my TUMI and the things it carries remind me of home. I turn my hotel room into my bedroom, and it always comes out of the same luggage.”