One of the joys of the New Year is the new season in terms of your wardrobe but fashion can be a cruel beast and I was barely over my New Year’s hangover when London Fashion Week Men’s (#LFWM) took over the capital. The world’s fashion press descended on London for the bi-annual, five-day event featuring the UK’s best and brightest menswear designers.
In what feels like a haze of fashion shows, presentations, dinners and parties, here are the trends to look forward to when autumn 2017 arrives:
1) Roll-neck jumpers
If you thought we’d already reached peak roll neck, you’d be wrong. Necklines continue to go higher as roll necks, or turtlenecks as our US counterparts refer to them, continue to dominte men’s style. JW Anderson, Oliver Spencer and Topman were among the designers who presented chunky, oversized roll neck jumpers. As lovely as chunky knitwear is it also adds bulk, so if you’re trying to streamline your look, it’s best to opt for a slim, lightweight version.
2) Oversized outerwear
Oversized, full-length outerwear reminiscent of London’s ’80s scenesters were striking, colourful and made of wool at Agi & Sam, whose AW/17 collection seemed to reflect the current cultural and political mood. Topman showed double-breasted slouch coats in textured wool.
Elsewhere, one of my personal highlights was the Kent & Curwen presentation with David Beckham at the helm. Inspired by classic, elegant tailoring with oodles of British heritage vibes. Check out my highlights video about to see my chat with DB (who was wearing the military style khaki full length overcoat with statement metallic buttons) and creative director Daniel Kearns.
(Left to right) Sibling, Lou Dalton, Katie EaryIt appears orange will be one of the must-have colours in our autumn wardrobes. Blood Brother lead the charge presenting a series of bright tangerine trousers, zip-up jackets and jumpers, while Lou Dalton injected splashes of bright orange across bags and coats. At Sibling, orange was injected through eye-catching print and Katie Eary plumped for nearly every shade with her signature use of print and pattern. Orange can be a tricky colour to pull off, so you need to clever with how you wear it.
At Topman Design the clothes were heavily influenced by the ’90’s clubbing scene with rave graphics, an abundance of neon and psychedelic pub prints. 90’s print and colour fused with a regal feel also featured at the Sibling show, whose airy new collection was a visual triumph.
5) Deconstructed tailoring
There was a distinct lack of traditional tailoring at LFWM with Chester Barrie being one of the few exceptions. Tailoring was softened through deconstructed fabrics as seen at Oliver Spencer and E. Tautz. Oliver Spencer’s signature pared-back modern day menswear featured plenty of wearable, wardrobe must-haves including soft leather bombers with contrasting shearling and oversized parkas with his signature relaxed modern style.