The smallest and most tightly edited of the New York men’s shows, MAN, wrapped its latest edition at Spring Studios in lower Manhattan on Wednesday evening. Featuring just 82 exhibitors mostly from Europe, Japan and the US, the show again stressed quality over quantity–both product-wise and visitor-wise. That said, the show did seem a bit quieter than usual on the morning of the final day.
Perhaps it was because it’s smaller than the other shows but it was easier to trendspot at MAN than at Project and Liberty. Here are five s/s 2019 ones our eyes spied.
Various shades of green, from a deep grass-like shade to shocking chartreuse appeared on several items. The latter was a dominant color in Albam’s collection and neon shoes by Sperry Top-Sider while the latter was the color of choice for a jumpsuit (another major trend for the season) by French brand Le-Mont-St-Michel and windbreaker by Used Future from Korea.
Actually, bright colors–either in solids or slightly wild prints–are also big for spring 2019. MC Overalls from London showed its signature overalls in a rainbow of brights and an unusual (yet fantastic) pair of quilted nylon shorts in a vivid lilac. Portuguese Flannels’ abstract print silk camp shirt also epitomized the trend. And Andy Wolf Eyewear from Austria proved that the small sunglasses trend is not only still going strong but getting more prismatic too.
The denim (or denimlike) jacket is a summer staple by now but the varieties now available are all over the map. Eat Dust’s version gives off 1970s vibes, Soulive’s is a moto style with a bandana-pattern lining and Portuguese Flannel’s lightweight version has a printed multicolor collar. Le-Mont-St-Michel, meanwhile, reinterprets the classic French worker’s blue canvas jacket (a favorite of the late Bill Cunningham) but updates in in a sun-kissed wash.
While the clothing at MAN was generally pretty clean overall, embroidery was the embellishment of choice of those brands that did want to add a bit more decoration to their designs. It’s the signature of Dutch brand Jupe by Jackie and it also livened up denim shirts by Soulive.
A little more sole
Both Fronteer and Obra proved that casual shoes will have wider outsoles come next spring. The trend was even apparent in one of the four total styles of Mohinders, a relatively new San Francisco-based brand that produces traditional leather mules and slip-ons in India that will soon launch dark brown and black versions achieved completely through natural tanning/dyeing processes.