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Transparent Materials Top Men’s Trends for Spring/Summer 2020

Designers are taking transparent fashion to a very literal level. Men’s collections for Spring/Summer 2020 left little to the imagination as designers incorporated ethereal fabrics typically reserved for their women’s collections to their men’s designs.

Sheer shirting was commonplace on the runway. In London, Angus Chiang decorated colorful sheer button-down shirts with compact discs. Christian Dada designer Masanori Morikawa introduced printed chiffon to his men’s collection inspired by Japan’s smallest island Shikoku. Edithmarcel kept it simple with sheer versions of T-shirts.

Münn designer Hyun-min Han presented an original take on the puffer coat with an oversized sheer tulle version visibly filled with flowers. The statement piece was paired with sheer cropped cargo pants with contrast stitching. Meanwhile, organza added movement to Palomo Spain’s collection. Organza shorts flowed under Victorian ruffled shirts in a collection that captures the guru styling movement that’s growing for S/S 2020.

The transparent trend received the seal of approval from Been Trill founding members Heron Preston and Virgil Abloh.

In his first presentation in Paris, Preston combined his ongoing partnerships with Gore-Tex and Levi’s with light looks for men, including a sheer Henley-style top and loose cargo trouser in matching shades of pastel pink—another major men’s trend for S/S 2020 that toys with gender norms.

Meanwhile, models swathed in chiffon added a sweet and sugary feeling to Abloh’s collection for Louis Vuitton that he presented in a fair-like environment complete with balloons and floral props. Smokey gray chiffon anoraks, hoodies and loose cargo pants were adorned with multi-color wildflower embroidery. Other looks included pastel chiffon trucker jackets, button-down shirts, cargo pants and shorts with all-over monogramming.