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Neutrals, tailored cuts, and even the plain white tee – men’s fashion is stripped down to its most fundamental form in 2019.

In this generation’s vernacular, “basic” is meant as an insult. The same usually rings true with fashion.  In the face of Gucci’s consistently maximalist offerings and Dries Van Noten’s psychedelic use of color, it’s hard to make an argument that good style shouldn’t feel like a punch in the face.

But hear us out.

There’s something about a slow burn that can make a lasting impression. In the case of Spring/Summer 2019, it’s the understated, quiet style that’s making the most impact. There is a greater focus on the quality of the fabric. Layering is to protect against the elements, rather than on a whim. The zips work and things can actually fit in the pockets.

The irony of this trend is that when the flashiness is scaled back, you actually end up with a wardrobe that surprisingly gets attention even without demanding it.

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Photography by Cholo dela Vega
Art Direction by Erick Torres Dizon
Styling by Carla Aritao
Grooming by Kayla Go
Filmed by Brian Monge

Shot on location at Conrad Manila.