Fashion has been all about the men so far this year, with menswear collections being showcased across the globe this January. If (like ours) your newsfeeds have been full of sharp suits and even sharper cheekbones then you may have been aware of London Collections: Mens rolling into town. Featuring some of the most exciting menswear design talent in the UK packed into four days in the capital, we've dissected five of the key trends seen at LCM that will be hitting stores in Autumn/Winter this year...
We're all about exciting prints at Emma J Shipley, and it seemed a handful of designers at LCM also pushed the print boundaries this season. Studio favourite's Agi and Sam went back to the classroom with lego masks and brush stroke prints in poster paint colours and Christopher Kane also referenced natural materials with a geometric rock motif in crisp aqua blue. Christopher Raeburn continued the theme of all-over print in a sportswear-inspired two piece in earthy colours - another nod to the natural form and a great antidote to the more traditional menswear wardrobe spotted elsewhere over LCM.
Agi and Sam
There was a particular air of make do and mend amongst a handful of young designers this season. KTZ stitched their houndstooth coats with personalised badges and Agi and Sam took inspiration from childhood with a playful collection featuring tangerine-patched jackets. We also loved Christopher Shannon's collection, which was a tongue-in-cheek reaction to the realities and struggles of being a young designer - a distinctly punk-like attitude that was reflected in the use of applique this season.
Agi and Sam
Emerald green will be the order of the season come Autumn, as according to Burberry and our CFE neighbour Craig Green, who both used the colour across their collections. The plush aviator style coats from Burberry elevated the colour to a luxurious level - we have a feeling sheepskin coats won't be going anywhere next season. As for Craig Green, the use of emerald green complemented the soft shapes of his utilitarian collection, featuring waterproofs and hole-peeping jumpers. We can see why the fashion experts are predicting big things for Craig...
Is it just us or has fashion got more practical in recent years? Wet weather wear and durable fabrics have appeared more and more across men's and women's collections recently, and this season belts came buckled, tied and loose. Craig came up trumps again with his hard-wearing wardrobe that included straps aplenty, reminding us of the kind of clothing ideal for a weekend of outdoor pursuits. We also loved James Long's combination of luxurious materials (lace and plush velvet) juxtaposed with tightly buckled belts, creating a fitted men's silhouette.
Sheepskin coats may be ruling the current 70s-inspired men's wardrobe, but the neatly quilted jackets and gilets presented by a few designers this season provided a perfect contrasting look. Christopher Raeburn's toggled number looks as though it could survive against all the elements and Margaret Howell used her signature understated look to full effect, using subtle quilting that will undoubtedly appeal to her the discerning Howell customer. And let's not forget the practical yet sleek look offered up by Oliver Spencer this season - mastering the quilted gilet in a way that's practical and desirable...
Here's to another great season of London menswear and roll on next month when London Fashion Week comes to town...