20 January 2016

Key Trends from London Collections: Men

London, Milan, now New York - it's hard to believe that the Men's Collections are nearly over. London was as eclectic and creative as you would imagine, with stand out shows from Coach, Grace Wales Bonner, Charles Jeffrey and Craig Green. As I looked through the collections it was almost like the designers had had a big meeting pre LCM and decided upon the key trends, as most of them were on the same page (some were just plain weird and wonderful but where would we be without that)? Here's my pick of the standout key trends for Fall 2016...

Elongated sleeves

You'll be able to ditch the gloves with sleeves that go past your hands next season - designers didn't just stop at the cuffs. Overlong sleeves were spotted at J W Anderson and Topman, tying in with the knits that were everywhere. It creates an interesting silhouette, just be careful when you're eating gravy and other sauces. 

MAN (Topman) 
J W Anderson

Transform a well loved piece with a larger than life sticker depicting something random - JW Anderson favoured snails (a visual depiction of the antithesis of fast fashion), at James Long  I was reminded of the bubblegum like stickers we stuck on our exercise books at school (Anya Hindmarsh has also proved that sticker nostalgia works).

JW Anderson
James Long 

Track tops were everywhere, but don't be caught without a smart coat over the top. At Burberry, classic trenches were layered over track tops zipped all the way up - there was also a red sequinned top that brought the Stone Roses/Brit Pop to mind. They were all over Moschino as well - be bold with colours. A zip up trackie top with a suit jacket also looked good. There were also plenty of bomber jackets and hoodies with dayglo examples at Moschino and more classic tops at Coach.

Blue collar worker

Many brands looked to manual workers for design inspiration - Coach was all about checks and leather jackets (Bruce Springsteen was a big influence), Cottweiler's presentation featured manual workers toiling in cornfields and there were hi-vis jackets at Christopher Kane. There's plenty of style in working class. 

Coach 1941
Oversized knits

There's staying warm, and there's STAYING WARM. Knits for autumn/winter 16 are supersized, in your face and chunky. At Christopher Raeburn grey and deep red sweaters were combined with big scarfs, JW Anderson showed a completely knitted outfit.

Christopher Raeburn
JW Anderson
Statement suits

God, suits can be so boring. Liven up your wardrobe with a strong statement graphic print suit. Yes you'll probably go off it, but choose wisely and you'll definitely stand out from the crowd. Leading the way was Alexander McQueen's darkly gothic butterfly print suits. At the other end of the spectrum were Moschino's cartoon 3D squiggle print suits. Longer below-the-knee coats were also all over the catwalks.

Alexander McQueen
Wacky and wonderful

There are always going to be some completely unwearable pieces that you wouldn't be seen caught dead in, but follow the legacy of Bowie and dare to stand out. Craig Green's conceptual boiler suits are also practical (it's got to be warm) and Charles Jeffery's paint splattered circus style pieces are more like art. Go bold or go home.

Charles Jeffery
Craig Green 

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