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“I never really intended to model. I didn’t think it was for me,” says Wisdom Onwubiko, who overnight went from being a regular high school kid who liked skateboarding and Fortnite to walking in shows for the likes of Marni and Missoni and shooting Louis Vuitton campaigns. (When Virgil Abloh calls, you answer.) Now Onwubiko is one of the most exciting (and swaggiest) kids crashing the runway. He says his status as a real-deal model—a journey that began when he was street-cast on his way back from the Camden flea market—finally sank in when he saw his face on a Levi’s billboard in Times Square. “I don’t get emotional, but when I saw the billboard, I nearly cried,” he says. —Samuel Hine
Today fashion models are made out of TikTok stars. Sonny Hall is decidedly more analog: On the day of this shoot, he arrived with a dog-eared copy of Henry Miller’s Hamlet Letters in hand, a rumpled Savile Row suit on his back, looking like a Dickensian urchin gone intellectual. Which he kind of is: Last year he published his debut poetry collection, The Blues Comes With Good News. “Modeling has done a lot for me,” says the kid signed to Kate Moss’s agency. “But the more I do it, the more I think there’s way more to me than posing.” Pick up a copy of Blues to see for yourself just how true that is. —S.H.
There are few models not named Hadid who have had careers as prolific as Mona Matsuoka’s. After serving looks in countless runway shows and editorials since her teenage years in Japan, Matsuoka now has her sights set on a new side of the fashion world: DJ’ing. “I started DJ’ing on my computer,” she says. “I literally just bought an app and was like, ‘Let’s try this shit!’ ” Now, when she’s not walking in Dior shows, you can find her spinning at Dior parties. Matsuoka’s coy on whether DJ’ing could become her main hustle one day, but expect to see her name on more and more club flyers. “I’m still learning,” she says, “but it feels really right.” —S.H.
Once you’ve mastered wide jeans and flared trousers, the next step is to go full Mick Jagger–in–Marrakech with some billowy silk harem pants.
Dusty Pink Topcoat
Paul Andrew borrowed some candy-colored tones from his womenswear line for his first Salvatore Ferragamo menswear collection—and landed on the flyest colorway of the season.
Baroque Camp Shirt
Wearing a silk Dolce & Gabbana camp shirt is the international symbol that you are ready to party.
Modern Pinstripe Suit
Dries Van Noten is something of an elder statesman among his peers, but the Belgian designer has never been more at the top of his game. Even his simple pinstripe suits exude energy.
Cowboys, hippies, and kimono-robe wearers—everyone is welcome to join Needles’ incredibly wavy, culturally expansive fashion revolution.
Hermès has been making museum-worthy printed silk scarves since 1937, and now the house’s famous foulards come in bomber jacket form.
If we’re being honest, the standard Breton-striped maritime-themed sweaters are played out. Now, thanks to Lanvin designer Bruno Sialelli, it’s all about naval-flag knits.
If you’re going to opt for shorts rather than trousers with that new suit, trust Fendi and make sure those shorts have a capital-F fashion below-the-knee anti-fit.
Glammed Out Cardigan
At the helm of Celine, Hedi Slimane has given Americana a new sense of glitz and glam—hence this cable-knit cardigan, reinvented for the club with hundreds of translucent sequins.
Natural Denim Set
English designer Margaret Howell, the queen of refined workwear, has come up with the perfect uniform for spring beach outings and summer Fridays.
The coolest tailoring flex right now is to wear a jacket and trousers that clash with super-subtle mismatched fabrics. (Flared trousers are the second coolest.)
Marled Sweater Vest
In the post-Martin era, the Maison Margiela sweater-vest has become a downright collectible, bona fide grail. Wear yours the right way, like Sonny here: tats out.
Photographs by Casper Kofi
Styled by Mobolaji Dawodu
Hair by Thomas Dunkin at Bridge using Shu Uemura
Makeup by Marirko Arai at The Wall Group using Nars
Manicure by Chiharu Natsume using Deborah Lippman
Tailoring by Ksenia Golub
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