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Men’s Wear Designers Reinvent Classic Prints for Fall/Winter 19-20

Men are making bolder fashion choices and designers are responding with Fall/Winter 19-20 men’s runway collections dense with pattern, prints and personality.

Along with lush velvet, smooth leathers and technical windbreakers, recent runway shows were emboldened with fresh takes on classic prints like animal, checkerboard and stripes.

Here’s a closer look at the three major print stories to know for Fall/Winter 19-20 men’s wear and how brands are putting a modern spin on the statement makers.

Animal Instinct

The animal kingdom is up for grabs. Leopard, tiger, zebra and snake prints—along with hybrid creatures—anchor collections. And straight from the women’s runway, the prints are growing bolder and more colorful in unnatural colorways. Marcelo Burlon County of Milan presented multi-color tiger print denim jeans and bomber jackets. N.21, Marni and Celine couldn’t resist the allure of furry Rock ‘n’ Roll cheetah print coats. Leather added a slickness to Paul Smith’s red snake print coat and M1992’s yellow reptilian ensembles.

Marcelo Burlon County of Milan
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Checkerboard patterns will jockey into position as an alternative to stripes. The pattern filters through a series of themes from tech grids, to So-Cal skate and surf, to autumnal prep school. Sunnei, Facetasm, Celine and Haculla each brought their own spin to classic black and white checkerboard through knits, sequins, overprints and distressing. Off-White and Bobby Abley injected neon to the racing motif, while Daniel W. Fletcher and Marni toned down the look with fall colorways and tonal shades of blue.

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Vertical Stripes

Menswear continues to gravitate toward horizontal stripes. The pattern exaggerates extreme silhouettes like extra-long scarves, sequin knits and teddy bear fur bomber jackets. Vertical stripes added a sport vibe to Astrid Andersen’s matching tops and bottoms. Stripe suiting picks up momentum, particularly in relaxed fits reminiscent of the ’80s. Magliano toed the line between Miami Vice and zoot suits with wide stripes and relaxed tailoring.

Dolce & Gabbana
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