7 Major Changes for the Fall 2018 Menswear Season

Just when you thought the show schedule couldn’t get any crazier, our Fall 2018 Menswear calendars are actually looking a bit lighter than usual. Don’t get us wrong—it’s still going to be a jam-packed month of men’s shows, Pre-Fall appointments, couture week, and even a few early bird Fall 2018 women’s shows. But there are some noteworthy gaps, largely left by brands who are leaving the men’s calendar to host combined men’s and women’s shows during the ready-to-wear season.

While it’s certainly more efficient to join Gucci, Vetements, Bottega Veneta, and Jil Sander in doing a coed show, it means the menswear calendar has less star power. Still, we’d argue that it might at least keep everyone a little more sane. The early part of the year always feels especially crunched, to the point where the seasons aren’t just back-to-back, but they actually overlap. In the span of six weeks, we’ll have covered three collections by certain designers: Pre-Fall, menswear, and ready-to-wear.

Below, we’ve annotated the biggest changes to menswear—and we have a feeling there are more surprises in store this month.

1. Jonathan Anderson is combining his men’s and women’s collections into one show during the ready-to-wear season. His first coed JW Anderson show is scheduled for Saturday, February 17, the second day of London Fashion Week.

2. A.P.C. will not show a menswear collection, either. Jean Touitou has decided to combine his men’s and women’s collections into one presentation during Paris Fashion Week next month.

3. Balenciaga, too, is moving forward with combined shows during the ready-to-wear seasons, but Demna Gvasalia’s influence won’t be totally absent from Paris men’s week. The brand will debut its first men’s Pre-Fall collection in its Rue de Sèvres showroom on Friday, January 19. As with all things Gvasalia does, you can expect other men’s designers to follow suit. Kris Van Assche already added men’s Pre-Fall back in 2016, and Off-White’s Virgil Abloh introduced men’s Pre-Fall in November, explaining to Vogue’s Nicole Phelps that “the year is too long” and it’s one more opportunity to connect with customers.

4. A few other designers are missing from the men’s schedules this month, including Martine Rose, Topman Design, Ports 1961, Philipp Plein, and Tom Ford. Stay tuned, though—Ford tends to show on his own timeline.

5. Takahiro Miyashita and Undercover’s Jun Takahashi will join forces for a back-to-back show at Pitti Uomo in Florence. It’s destined to be a highlight of the men’s season; for starters, Miyashita hasn’t shown his menswear on the runway since 2009—since then, it’s just been by appointment—and the designers have been friends since the late ’90s.

6.. While there aren’t enough newcomers to fill in the gaps in the men’s calendar, Palomo Spain will show in Paris for the first time. Designer Alejandro Gómez is known for his romantic, gender-nonspecific clothes, and he was behind the lilac robe Beyoncé wore to announce the birth of her twins.

7. Sébastien Jondeau, known among fashion types as Karl Lagerfeld’s longtime bodyguard and personal assistant, will also debut a capsule collection for Lagerfeld’s self-named line at Pitti Uomo.

Margot Robbie and Allison Janney Make a Winning Red Carpet Team

Awards-show red carpet season is just over the horizon, and Sunday night’s Hollywood Film Awards in Los Angeles gave the world a taste of what’s to come. Angelina Jolie, Holly Hunter, Kate Mara, and more gathered at the Beverly Hills Hilton to honor performers like Mary J. Blige and Gary Oldman during the ceremony hosted, for the third year in a row, by James Corden. While everyone arrived on the red carpet in their award-show best, the night’s best duo happened to be I, Tonya co-stars Margot Robbie and Allison Janney.

Robbie wore a Louis Vuitton fresh-off-the-runway floral gown with exposed shoulders, and Janney chose a floor-length sequin gown by Rani Zakhem paired with a black L’Agence blouse. The cast of I,Tonya, which also includes Sebastian Stan, Paul Walter Hauser, and Julianne Nicholson, enjoyed a successful evening on Sunday, taking home the Hollywood ensemble award, while Janney won the Hollywood supporting-actress award.

Sunday night may be an indicator of what’s to come over the next couple of months for I, Tonya as it quickly approaches events like the Oscars and Golden Globes—but win or lose, one thing is clear: the cast will look good on the red carpet.

What to wear to the office in the heatwave

In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s hot. Yay! But you still have to go to the office. Boo! Here are seven things that will keep you cool at work – in both senses – while the temperatures continue to rise.

The fancy white shirt

Yes, the white shirt is a work classic but – bonus – it’s also bang on trend this summer, as long as it’s not quite Michael Gove boring that is. Yours should have a tweak – a ruched sleeve, a twist in the middle, a bit of a frill – but still, at its core, it should just about fit with the corporate dresscode. In fact, the corporate look is now the height of fashion – see Martine Rose and Balenciaga. If fashion trends were a to-do list, this kind of white shirt ticks off several tasks in one.

The roomy dress

There are two schools of thought when it comes to dressing in the heat. One, as practised by Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards and model Bella Hadid, has crop-tops and short-shorts as its default – the theory being that wearing less clothes means a cooler body temperature and a rise in Instagram likes. The other is more office-friendly – all things wafty, roomy and loose. A bit like a kaftan but far smarter, there are lots of options on the high street that wouldn’t raise an eyebrow from the office gossip but allow you to float along breezily. Think Balenciaga by way of Victoria Beckham.

A wrap skirt

The tweed pencil skirt you usually pull out on default days is not going to cut it in 30C heat. To keep things sleek but without anything figure-hugging – no one needs to overheat in front of their colleagues – go with a wrap skirt. It looks architecturally interesting, but not so arty. The idea is to go for a look that’s less exhibition outing and more team meeting when buying into this trend – it’ll make your spends go furthest.

Mules

Fashion’s current obsession with all things Gucci is distilled in the backless mule. The high street has adopted them too and they’re actually an easy way to signal that it’s summer without any toes being revealed. Wear yours flat or mid-height. They look best with a cropped trouser or a midi skirt. Beauty note: a bit of a go-over on the heels with the pumice stone is advisable.

Wide-legged trousers

Even if your office is the sort where jeans are allowed, leave the denim at home. This week we’re dealing with the kind of that heat Brits are more often used to after taking a flight to the Med. While your holiday shorts are probably not a brilliant alternative for work, wide-leg trousers are. The best ones are smart and look way more chic – think Katharine Hepburn – than denim.

A lightweight blazer

In 2015, air conditioning was called out as sexist – the temperature was set in the 60s based on the metabolic rate of a 40-year-old, 70kg man, 3C lower than the average woman. So, don’t be surprised if you’re freezing at your desk even if it’s baking outside. An unstructured blazer is the answer. Asos calls its the “chuck on” blazer. If it comes with a tropical print, so much the better.

A cropped jumpsuit

As weddings testify, jumpsuits have gone beyond the wardrobes of style influencers waiting for the click of a camera to, well, pretty much everyone and everywhere. Work is no exception. To make the jumpsuit work for hot weather, keep it loose and cropped. And elevate it with smart pieces such as a white shirt.