Five Key Trends From the European Summer Catwalks

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Some of the main take-outs from the recently completed European shows… see more in the Spring issue of Men’s Style!

Pink is still hot

Literally — hot pink was on trend at the Milan Men’s Fashion Week, playing a starring role in the Bond-themed Billionaire Couture show. The rise and rise of ‘millennial pink’ — a pastel shade of rose that millennials are donning in droves, hence the name — also continued in Milan and London this month. Tom Ford was a particular pal of pink, using different shades in the form of shawl-collared blazers, V-neck jumpers, pale pink jeans, and bright casual hoodies.


And so are stripes

Vertical lines dominated the catwalks of London, be they football-shirt thick or pinstripe thin — striped boating jackets and rugby jerseys by Savile Row stalwarts Kent & Curwen, oversized pinstripe suits and shirts by London label E. Tautz, and the urban casual wear of Oliver Spencer are all good examples. David Beckham’s second collection with Kent & Curwen, designed by Daniel Kearns, was a particular stand-out for its contemporary spin on sporty prep.


Gender-fluid clothing is booming

The internet melted down when the idea of a male romper went viral earlier this year but non-binary fashion is no joke, as the summer shows proved. From Vivienne Westwood’s over-the-top frocks and Scottish designer Charles Jeffrey’s jaw-dropping show at the extravagant extreme of the spectrum to Wales Bonner’s sharply cut minimalist trousers and jackets at the more restrained end, gender-bending couture has been everywhere.

Vivienne Westwood

RIP the skinny silhouette

It’s not just traditional conceptions of gender, sexuality, and race that Grace Wales Bonner — one of the standout designers at London Fashion Week — is challenging . . . she’s got the skinny cut in his sights, too, instead preferring boxy ’90s-inspired outerwear and bootcut trousers. MAN and Oliver Spencer also showed wide-cut trousers, while Richard James’ wide-lapelled double-breasted pink suit and Vivienne Westwood’s baggy checked suits brought back a more voluminous jacket cut.

Oliver Spencer

Sock-fit sneakers are a thing

Sock boots have been gracing the women’s catwalks for a few years but crept onto Milan’s men’s catwalks this European summer, with Giuseppe Zanotti, Marcelo Burlon, and GCDS all showing super-fitted sneakers. Zanotti and Burton both unveiled footwear made of scuba material in a range of colours — black with a neon orange sole the most eye-catching — that hug the leg until he mid-calf with a sock-like fit. Statement boots is the other major footwear trend to emerge.

Giuseppe Zanotti