As Fall/Winter 2018 collections begin to hit stores around the world, and the transition from unabating summer heat to cooler climes begins, it’s high time to refresh your wardrobe with some season-appropriate hits.
Recent insight from trend forecasters highlighted themes such as maximalism, techware, and fetish gear as things to look out for as your favorite retailers replenish their online shopfronts with the new season’s best hoodies, shirts, accessories, and outerwear. Now, we’re delving deeper into some of the key pieces from FW18 that have caught the eyes of top buyers.
Speaking to experts from high-fashion and streetwear stores such as MR PORTER, Browns, Bodega, Concepts, and more, we’ve compiled a curation of the new season’s best hoodies now available to buy. A mix of colors, prints, and fits, pieces from labels such as AFFIX and Raf Simons have emerged as the grails amongst the industry’s most in-the-know figures. Scroll down to check out their full selection.
“GmbH from Berlin has been turning out the best hoodies — slightly cropped and with moto-inspired padding details at the sleeves. Doesn’t look like every other hoodie out there but is very signature. This is my go-to Fall hoodie.”
Jesse Hudnutt, buying consultant at TRÈS BIEN
“Ader Error is one of my favorite brands right now. The styling is on point and the products have certain details to make them stand out, take this mint colored hoodie with asymmetrical drawstring lacing. It’s all in the details little things get ’em right.”
Andrea Burbi, buyer at Luisaviaroma
“I really love what AFFIX are doing at the moment and — at the rate its first collection sold out on MR PORTER — it looks like our customers agree. I like how clean and simple this hoodie is, they’ve used a nicely-weighted jersey and there is a nice fit and quality to it. The team behind Affix are real product people and it shows in every garment, down through to the t-shirts.”
Daniel Todd, senior buyer for designer and sport at MR PORTER
“Right now, so many trends from the ’90s are coming back — shearling overcoats, full tracksuits, and luxe-y shell suits. It’s busy, but not every piece in an outfit has to be. Some things, like the simplicity and functionality of Stone Island, can’t be denied as a wardrobe staple.”
Annie Morgan, U.S. buyer at Concepts
“This hoodie is from our exclusive capsule collection with 424, and it has been hand treated with bleach by French artist Thomas Koenig. This was a really fun project to work on with Guillermo Andrade and the team at 424 and a great way to launch the brand at Browns. I’m a big fan of one-of-a kind pieces as they’re unique and I also love a heavyweight hoodie, so this was an easy choice for me.”
Lee Goldup, menswear buyer at Browns Fashion
“This adidas x C.P. Company hoodie is based on one of the most iconic outerwear pieces from Massimo Osti’s portfolio (Stone Island, et al). Its design evokes imagery of Italian sports racers, football riots, and the general madness of adventure. There are few garments appropriate for situations involving tear gas that might also appear in Anna Wintour’s closet — this is one of them.”
Oliver Mak, founding partner at Bodega
“When it comes to Demna for Balenciaga, it’s almost safer not to make any assumptions as to where he will be drawing inspiration from. Tourist-inspired clothing? It’s cheesy in all the right ways and truthfully, he’s probably the only creative figure with the ability to pull it off so seamlessly. The Paris hoodie ticks all the right boxes; from the slightly faded charcoal grey to the classic fit and overall credible allure, it’s a not-too-overtly youthful pick that’ll last anyone decades.”
Lisa Wuerzinger, buyer at STYLEBOP.COM
“What I love about Raf is that he challenges ideas of conformity — his collections have a strong story or narrative whether he is designing street savvy pieces or sharp tailoring. This hoody mixes things up with a back to front design yet is totally wearable. The drop shoulders offer a slouchy look yet the plaid lining in the hood makes for an elevated finish.”
Damien Paul, head of menswear at MATCHESFASHION.COM