We’ve looked all over the world and watched all the important shows. As the current developments in society are also creating fresh momentum in the men’s fashion industry, we’ve compiled the trends that are dominating the runways from Paris and Milan to Florence and New York. Here you can see what’s coming and what’s staying. What is the cosmopolitan man wearing this summer?
1. Theme: World Heritage
This season’s major theme is the world and our diverse cultures. A global perspective and with it a combination of various materials and patterns are setting the trend in spring and summer 2020. Ultra-lightweight materials inspired by tropical countries, transparent and cream-coloured fabrics and subtle casual details dominate men’s fashion. Another thing that’s in is a great fit for maximum comfort. The combination of tradition and modernism is the focus here.
At CARL GROSS this means:
Panama is beautiful! A country like no other, with a lush green rainforest, snow-white beaches and a deep blue sea. This one-of-a-kind atmosphere characterises the CARL GROSS Spring/Summer 2020 collection within our Heritage Summer theme.
2. Suits vs. Streetwear
Streetwear is still a sales hit. However, on the world’s catwalks in summer 2020 there is a shift towards more formal, tailored looks. Just don’t go thinking that formal means traditional or even boring! Current men’s fashion uses contemporary fabrics, colours and cuts with the exquisite tailoring filling a niche in the wardrobe that streetwear just can’t.
But what if you just can’t decide between streetwear and a suit? Why not both at once? The two-in-one combo is very popular this summer.
The joining of these two seemingly completely different worlds began last winter and goes from strength to strength this summer. The suit is promoted to a cool, everyday garment thus satisfying the need for the tried-and-true, a touch of elegance and a richness of fabrics. Suits worn with classic white trainers or jackets with casual jeans are being seen more and more often on the runways.
Unconstructed suits featuring casual details compete with streetwear. And it doesn’t matter if your jacket is single or double-breasted – both are right on! Show off your own style according to your personal taste.
At CARL GROSS this means:
High-quality cloth by world-renowned Italian weavers and first-class workmanship are standard. Partial linings and rounded shoulders emphasise the casual character of the collection.
As all suits are being offered as split suits from this season onwards, the combination possibilities are endless.
3. Colours: Pure nature
Due to the focus on the natural beauty of the world, the colours this season are mainly soft creams and natural shades. The image of the summer collections is dominated by light natural tones in various shades. Beiges and browns contrast with plant greens and strong burnt oranges and blues.
The monochrome look is also totally in, which means that this season gentlemen will be dressing from head to toe in a single colour family.
4. Fabrics: Summery, natural, and light and airy
The fabrics are also strongly influenced by nature. Linen, cotton and wool are prevalent throughout the fabric palette. The “light and airy” theme is in keeping with the summer weather. Comfortable wearability, a modern aesthetic and summery lightness dominate the linen-cotton casual look.
Casual, innovative and dynamic – that’s what this summer is going to be. The jackets fall particularly gently thanks to their rounded shoulders and as they feature minimal interiors – with some models being partially lined and others with no lining at all – they are extremely comfortable to wear. Bring on the summer heat.
hiny fabrics such as silk and satin are also making inroads into the world of men’s fashion. They provide elegance and style with a light and airy look.
And when the temperatures shoot up, you can start to show off more of your upper body. As of now, see-through tops are no longer taboo for men and emphasise the androgynous fashion trend.
At CARL GROSS this means:
Lightweight jackets, smart waistcoats and chinos combined with faded-look shirts. Add a formal touch with a jacket or just keep it casual with a waistcoat to create a sleeveless suit. As the summer sun can sometimes be unforgiving, there’s a great fedora hat to accessorise with.
The biggest change in the look is the new “unconstructedness” of the jackets and suits. Completely unlined jackets that combine a comfortable cut with a light look and feel are new to the range. Regarding our fits, we paid particular attention to our comfortable “Modern Fit” and extended this range of cuts. The “Sharp Fit” models are characterised by a narrower cut for a genuine Italian look.
5. Design: Summer nostalgia
Designers are looking back to their childhoods with playful nostalgia. Plain Oxford weaves, various new single-colour and multi-colour stripes, checks and floral prints are this season’s trends. Small patterned designs, shepherd’s check, glen check and houndstooth check alternate with large, eye-catching overchecks. The cosmopolitan man feels good about himself and makes it clear for all to see: value is of the essence.
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The CARL GROSS Team