What are the must have menswear looks for fall? They were all on the trade show floor in Las Vegas during the recent February 5 to 7 run of Project, Magic, Liberty Fairs and Agenda. And we discovered lots of fresh looks at N:ow, Project’s newest area devoted to streetwear and fresh, up-and-coming brands. Here is a look at what’s trending for fall ’19.
1) THE NYLON TRACK SUIT is the must have item for fall. “Expect nylon to take such a big jump,” said Publish’s Delwyn Perez. “It’s going to be good because the sweat guy is going to need something else. So [we] gotta give him some nylon,” he explained. “The ’90s are coming back really strong,” he added. Some of the best looks on the show floor included Versace-inspired allover leopard prints at Crooks & Castles, bold color blocking at Kappa and an eye-popping, electric blue tracksuit by emerging brand Blank State.
2) SHERPA is having its fashion moment. The cozy fabric has been trending, but it has become more than just the trim on a collar or the lining of a denim jacket. Sherpa has expanded into sporty pullovers, colorblocked bombers and even cozy warm-up coats. Several denim brands have built out their sherpa programs for fall including Rolla’s, who offered everything from suede to corduroy and denim in a variety of washes. Sherpa was also strong at Blank NYC, Champion and Korean streetwear brand Asparagus, who showed cool bombers in cream and camo.
3) CORDUROY has been building momentum for the past couple seasons, and for fall brands have remixed and reimagined the retro fabrication. Rolla’s had long sleeve shirts in fall shades of maroon, olive and gold; President’s used corduroy on cool kicks and a sophisticated, wool corduroy coat; and at Champion, corduroy was given a sporty makeover. A head-to-toe corduroy sweat suit was perhaps one of the more inventive uses for the fabrication.
4) THE CARPENTER PANT is back and it’s the pant of the season. “Everybody is going to look like they’re working [this fall],” said Perez. “It’s going to be all workwear. These trends are definitely going to hit. They are already emerging,” he added. With utilitarian style trending, workwear looks are appearing in everything from striped railroad printed denim, oversized pockets on denim jackets and carpenter aka cargo pants. Nearly every brand had a version of the look. There were plenty of traditional styles in camo and cotton, while others were updated with colorblocking and added to sweat sets for a streetwear flair.
5) SECONDARY FABRICS are one of fall’s low-key, but important stories. Many designers including denim brands are channeling their design flair to create five-pocket denim styles, joggers and crop pants in secondary fabrics including stripes, textured knit denim and especially plaid. Known for the jogger, Publish continues to reinvent and push the edge on bottoms and offered some cool, plaid cropped looks. Fidelity Denim, Mavi and Rolla’s are just a few denim brands expanding their bottoms programs for fall. New colorways are killing it for Neuw Denim and the brand is using several new fabrics including Japanese twill and cotton/poly blends.
6) PRIMARY & NEON COLORS. It will be hard to be missed this fall. Primary color palettes popped on the trade show floor in bright shades of red, yellow and blue. It was seen in bold statement making denim at Bldwn, colorblocked looks at Blank State and Horspist’s colorful, fur-trimmed parkas. Neon is also getting plenty of action in everything from accessories, trims and bold statement pieces. It was seen across the board in many streetwear brands including NXP, WESC, Nicce and Crooks & Castles.
7) UTILITY VESTS & HARNESSES are some of fall’s biggest statement makers. Following Virgil Abloh’s debut spring collection for Louis Vuitton, the utilitarian streetwear look is trending–hard. The harness pack is one of the most forward items for WESC and has been a highlight of the brand’s fall collection according to a sales rep for the brand. Also trending at WESC are allover prints, social commentary tees, bleached denim, coach jackets, windbreakers and tartan, which has been a big hit. Nearly every streetwear brand had some incarnation of a vest or harness. Some of the best looks came in black, camo or neon colorways with bold, colorful pockets, strappy details and even reflective fabrics.
8) LEOPARD PRINTS are having a menswear moment. Streetwear has been influencing luxury, but luxury is also trickling down to streetwear. ’90s Versace-inspired leopard prints were a breakout trend on the show floor showing up in everything from denim jeans and jackets to silky bombers, colorful button-downs and bold, nylon track suits. A few of our favorite looks were seen at The People Vs., Family First, Candor and Crooks & Castles.
9) CUSTOMIZED DENIM. Customization is key for Millennial and Gen Z consumers and denim brands delivered plenty of options. ’80s and ’90s inspiration showed up with bleached and painted looks, raw edges, patches and seriously bold colorblocking. Family First was on point with its cool painted denim and bomber jackets and The People Vs. is offering a paint splattered capsule collection. “What’s been really good for us is our ’90s-inspired distressed denim, definitely our vintage-inspired cotton jersey and our prints on the rayon button-ups,” said Heath Mawson, brand director for The People Vs. The collection is strictly limited edition including the Sydney-based brand’s popular shirtings in vintage-inspired prints and denim jeans, which have handcrafted rips and abrasions and come with a custom bandana in the back pocket.
10) CROSSBODY BAGS. If you haven’t caught this trend, you haven’t been paying attention. The fanny pack aka the crossbody bag is the bag of choice for the fashion and streetwear set. It’s easy and functional–and makes a statement. We saw it in neon orange as WESC, logoed out at Champion and in metallic at Nicce. For the first time, Swims has created head-to-toe coordinating looks and for fall the brand has expanded its bag collection. Key pieces include the crossbody bag and a hybrid belt bag that can be worn as a backpack or attaché bag.
11) ALLOVER PRINTS. Colorful and bold allover prints dominated the trade show floor. It was hard to miss brand names and graphic prints on sweat shirts, tracksuits, accessories and sneakers. Brands can’t seem to get enough of the head-to-toe look. A few of our favorites include the colorful graffiti prints at Horspist, logo print track suits at Le Tigre and soon-to-be iconic red-white-and blue prints in Champion’s 100th anniversary collection.
12) PLAID is a fall classic, but it’s particularly strong this season. According to Perez, plaid is on and its freshest look is the customization treatment. “I’m seeing a lot of people destroying and repairing it. There are no more rules right now,” he explained. “The more beat up it looks, the better. It gives it personality… It’s fun.”