The runways of Milan and Paris for the menswear shows have been permeated with splashes of neon — especially yellow and orange — but one colour that seems to have quietly seeped in, only to turn into a tidal wave, is sage. This viridian hue is on the loose everywhere — from high-waisted pants, to trench coats, sweaters, suits, and jackets. Referencing the great outdoors, part of an anniversary collection, or intertwined into an homage to a classic cut, there wasn’t a silhouette left untouched by this mossy shade.
Etro, which has always been about conscious clothing, takes you to a jungle in Borneo, with jute, bamboo, and hemp jackets that imparted the message of biodiversity, and lush vegetation. Models complete the look with braided espadrilles on their feet.
Acne Studios, a Swedish fashion powerhouse, is inspired by the simple fact of fishing on a lake, with billowing sweaters, technical fabrics, and thick soled shoes. Corneliani’s sage trench is an ode to the raincoat — which was part of the Italian company’s original business. Ermenegildo Zegna focuses on the ‘weightless yet voluminous’ concept, as there was nary a tailored suit in sight, but tailored trackpants? It’s not difficult when you’re Zegna, with a delicious summer palette of sage, yellow, and pink at your disposal.
Two Italian maisons have produced lovely suits in this emerald hue — Boglioli and Brunello Cucinelli. Boglioli shot its lookbook at its manufacturing unit in Gambara, featuring novel dripdyed jackets paired with checked shirts. Brunello Cucinelli, whose mainstay has always been soft-toned cashmere, has introduced soft tailored blazers, often with T-shirts, harking back to the sporty, louche days of the Gatsby era, when sport was as elegant as a cocktail. They’ve launched a special Summer Story capsule collection on MrPorter.com that reflects the mood of the moment.
Canali loves sage — the most interesting piece by Hyun-Wook Lee was the shirt-jacket hybrid in this unobtrusive yet ephemeral hue. But the most eye-catching pieces come courtesy Dsquared2 where Dean and Dan go all out with a line-up of flamboyant military meets sports-inspired jackets, '90s, tracks, and colourful '80s sneakers. Daks celebrates its 125th anniversary this year with snug pieces in this powdery shade, reminiscent of the ‘70s, and recreates its signature checks. British design house, Kent & Curwen (partly owned by David Beckham), takes its cue from '90s legendary Madchester rock back Stone Roses (who inspired the cult band Oasis), with tracksuit trousers, and everyone’s favourite ‘90s jacket — the green anorak.
Fendi's brand-new Spring Summer 2019 Men's Eyewear collection video stars Canadian-born actor and musical Rob Raco (of Riverdale fame). Rob tells us about the experience
What was shooting the video like?
It was amazing to collaborate with the Fendi team. It immediately became a comfortable set as soon as we started shooting and throwing new concepts together.
What does Fendi mean to you?
Family. This company is built around an incredible energy of individuals that treat you like family once you’re a part of it.
How would you describe The Fendi Man?
The Fendi Man is a bold, fearless individual who expresses himself as he chooses, not how society expects him to. The Fendi Man makes a statement.
What do you think you have in common with The Fendi Man?
I like to think of myself as fearless, but truly this project has allowed me to become bolder and more eccentric.
What do you think of the new Fendi men’s eyewear collection?
The new eyewear collection is a mixture of both classic and bold styles. I find myself switching out frames based on moods. It’s very diverse and sleek. I never take them off!
What would your must-have sunglasses look like?
I’m a huge fan of classic-style glasses. I love how Fendi incorporated classic styles with modern, sexy metal construction. I love something that makes a statement, whether simple or wild!
What are your plans for the future?
I’m always reinventing myself creatively. As of now, I’m focusing on acting and music. I have projects on both sides that I’m extremely excited about, but at this point I want to be bold and turn heads instead of getting lost in a sea of commercialism.
It's the Oscars of the wool world. The Luminaire in Melbourne earlier this year saw an exclusive gala night hosted by Paolo Zegna, president of the Zegna group. Over 55 years ago, Ermenegildo Zegna established a wool trophy to recognise and incentivise the world's best growers of superfine merino wool. This year, the 56th edition of this program honoured Australia's best growers, by awarding the ‘Superfine Wool Trophy' and the ‘Vellus Aureum Trophy' to David and Angie Waters, and David and Susan Rowbottom, respectively.
Gucci’s dreamy take on formal wear for its pre-Fall 2019 men’s tailoring collection challenges existing norms in men’s suiting. British crooner Harry Styles returns as the face of the ad campaign, this time in an antique, unconventional setting. Styles, surrounded by statues and paraphernalia in a dreamy setting is accompanied by piglets and swans, and plays an eccentric yet nonchalant character clothed in the House’s vision of a new formal wardrobe.