Les Hommes: Menswear Spring/ Summer 2019
The shiny leathers, the cold hues and an apathetic attitude – there’s something ostentatiously masculine about Les Hommes. Well, beyond just the name, that is. The Belgian brand co-founded by Tom Notte and Bart Vandebosch is all about a “what you see is what you get” approach to fashion. No secret meanings, no layered references – the attitude and the clothes derive from a place of concrete ideas defining a man’s wardrobe without becoming clichéd. There’s the suiting – layered with transparent tank tops or executed in a python print, cut in a classic Italian silhouette that creates an enviably chic evening look. But it was the casualwear that took the starring role in the brand’s Spring/ Summer 2019 collection. Immaculately styled by superstar Patti Wilson, the show was a celebration of going against the traditional men’s silhouettes while keeping in with familiar dress codes. The knitwear was chunkier than usual, at moments even ripped, the trousers were wider and slung low. It was all topped off with extra-long fringe and shiny embellishments. More was more and bigger was better, proving that masculinity doesn’t necessarily equal uninspiring clothes. Our highlight? The second to last look – an exuberant take on a Canadian tuxedo worn with a large fringed bag and a blousy white shirt. Sexy, stylish, just a tad subversive and exactly what we need in our wardrobes.
Photographs by Jason Lloyd-Evans