The men’s runways of the Autumn/Winter 2018 season were awash with outdoor wear readymade for a hiking holiday or particularly bad hurricane season.
Shearling, knitwear and leather
Fireman’s jackets seem to be enjoying a surge of popularity this season, and Cayman’s nighttime runners can delight as other high vis options are also presently very on trend.
Shearling, knitwear and leather were also seen on the season’s catwalks.
Best reserved for vacations to the northern hemisphere, shearling overcoats flooded the runways of Hermes, Giorgio Armani, Belstaff and Philipp Plein, while oversized knitwear showed up at Lanvin, Dries Van Noten, Balenciaga and Gucci. Leather continued to be popular with Fendi, MSGM, Paul Smith and Dunhill featuring it in their shows.
Wear brown in town
As with the womenswear catwalks, many menswear designers showcased brown as their color of choice, with Dries Van Noten, Fendi, Acne Studios, Sacai and Prada all utilizing the autumnal shade.
Color trends are thankfully easily transferrable to our Caribbean location and can be incorporated into our wardrobe in shorts or a rolled-sleeved beige button-up shirt.
Take a style note from Oliver Spencer who used brown alongside oranges and khaki, an idea also easily reproducible here. Beige chinos and a darker brown shoe and jacket for work would be delightfully on trend for this season.
Cords, checks and stripes
Bold checks, from tartan to Madras, have come back into fashion, a trend that can be incorporated into either office or casual wear. Versace and Marni were particular designers following the check trend. Add a tartan tie to your outfit for your next important meetings, or woodcutter plaid socks for a hint of on-trend fashion.
Checks carried over into the shoe arena, with Burberry loafers taking center stage. For a more laid-back look, if you own a pair of black and white vans this might be a good time to drag them out of the closet.
Corduroy and velvet were also seen and can be used in anything from shoes to caps to ties, meaning we, too, can enjoy the trend this far south.
Pinstripe showed up at Alexander McQueen, Maison Margiela and Versace, and many of the shows chose slouchy versions of the usually stiff style, taking it into a more business-casual arena.
Silhouettes are slightly looser this season, as the baggy trouser trend has reemerged, appearing at E. Tautz and Casely-Hayford, Dickies and Vivienne Westwood. Skinny legs had a good run, but wide-legged has well and truly taken over.
In keeping with the outdoor trend, luxury hiking boots are popular, as seen at Gucci, and with Louis Vuitton combining the look with the snakeskin trend. As with the women’s shows, cowboy boots of all types, from snakeskin to white, also stomped the runways of H&M Studio, Calvin Klein and Givenchy.
The ’90s trend has been growing over the past few seasons, and it remains for fall 2018. As well as tracksuits and shell suits, accessories followed in kind. Bucket hats accompanied cagoules on Prada’s runways, and the same chunky trainers seen on the women’s catwalk were prolific on the men’s catwalks, very much keeping the ’90s resurgence alive.