As the Style Director of Mr Porter, Olie Arnold works closely with the design team on curating the website's offerings; Mr Porter now boasts nearly 500 brands (it's hard to imagine the e-tailer began with only 60).
The website has something for everyone, from fashion-forward items to classic gentlemen essentials, to an array of accessories, sports equipment and fine watches. We catch up with Olie on his recent visit to Hong Kong to see what’s in store for the coming season and for Mr P., Mr Porter's private label.
First thing’s first, what are the biggest trends you see happening for SS18?
I think the obvious one is the big shift into streetwear. It has a huge influence on menswear, and we’ve seen it steadily happening over the past few seasons.
We just came back from our FW18 buying trip, and you can see that it has an effect on all brands- even the traditional, old houses.
We are also seeing bigger volumes, so things that are more oversized. It’s a tricky trend to get away with, but we’re seeing wider trousers, bigger outerwear with drop shoulders and things that fit a bit looser.
When it comes to colour, men are generally creatures of navy and grey, but we've spotted a lot of off-colours and shades that are in between—like teals and clays—and that’s a trend that’s more easily digestible for a wider audience.
What about the new brands we can expect on the site?
There are some great summer pieces we can expect from them, and I vividly remember him referencing Biggie Smalls in the design of his collection, it’s not every day you hear 90’s rap reference in a collection out of Italy!