Trends to take home from London Collections: Men A/W 2015

(Published in Instep, The News on 25th January, 2015)

Paris and Milan fashion circles may be replete with mammoth names like Gucci, Prada and Corneliani but fashion and style runs way deeper among the Brits and is not only limited to red carpet glitz and runway showmanship.

The best thing about British fashion sensibility is its adaptability and street value; style is something that comes naturally to Brits and is discernibly distinctive, effortless and devoid of gimmicks. It is no surprise that some of the most fashion forward menswear high street brands (ASOS, River Island and Topshop to name a few) and celebrated menswear icons (David Gandy, Oliver Cheshire, Eddie Redmayne and Colin Firth) hail from good old England. Brits are undoubtedly mavens when it comes to street style and it is for this primacy that their bi-annual menswear showcase London Collections: Men is the most cutting edge and fashion forward stop in the menswear fashion week European circle that takes off from London and ends in Paris.

One could write endlessly about the fashion on display at LC:M A/W 2015 but there were certain palpable trends in the four day showcase that could be identified by their malleability and relevance with our local fashion climate.

And since our menswear style game is still run-off-the-mill and average at best parting few exceptions, here are a few trends from the London runway that are do-able, gel well with the social norm and will definitely give you an edge over rest of the straight fit-jeans and hoodie wearing crowd.

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London Collections Men: Best of LCM – Autumn/Winter, 2014

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The stylish Englishmen just wrapped up another season of menswear shows with the best of British menswear at display. Let’s take a look at some of the looks that caught my eye and really made me sit up and take notice.

Christopher Shannon

Christopher Shannon

Christopher Shannon: I love this ‘graffiti loving’ menswear designers are going through. It’s meaningless yet so statement making. Approved!!

Crombie

Crombie

E. Tautz

E. Tautz

E. Tautz: Trend alert, colourful silk/satin scarves. Wear them with suit, wear them with dinner jacket, compliment the scarve with a pocket square or shoes; countless directions to go. Explore!

Gieves & Hawkes

Gieves & Hawkes

Gieves & Hawkes: Two things I love about this look: how it’s so simple yet so striking and the rusty olive green colour of the whole ensemble.

Hackett London

Hackett London

Hackett London: Dark colour palette, a little bit of pattern mixing topped off with a fish herringbone patter scarf, a cool accessory but the best part is that hint of colour via a silk pocket square. This is exactly how modern men ought to dress.

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huntergather

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huntergather

huntergather: Seemingly, it’s a boring all black suit but it is a lot more than that. The way it has been closed off with a giant safety pin is a stroke of genious something you get to see very often on London runway. And the giant pocket square might not be everyone’s cup of tea but the lesson to be learnt here is that printed pocket square is the way to go with plain ensembles.

Kent & Curven

Kent & Curven

Kent & Curven: Kickass jacket in the most beautiful (read manly) shade of green.

Lee Roach

Lee Roach

Lee Roach: Black and brown have never looked so good together. Also some super edgy leather on display.

Lou Dalton

Lou Dalton

Lou Dalton: I am not the biggest fan of denim, it’s too pedestrian for my taste but if you want to go for denim then that’s how you do it.

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Louis Leeman Paris

Louis Leeman Paris: So pretty I can’t describe it in words. If I had to choose one piece from all LCM shows, I would choose these Louis Freeman tassel loafers.

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Louis Leeman Paris

Mr Hare

Mr Hare

Mr Hare: Nobody makes shoes like these damn Britishers. It looks like liquid jewels.

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Paul Smith

Paul Smith: Florals are cool, you just gotta find the right pattern like this Paul Smith jacket.

RAKE

RAKE

RAKE: Pocket square guys, pocket sqaure! They are your friends, just give them a chance.

Richard James

Richard James

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Topman Design

Topman Design: Loving the combo here. Secret to menswear dressing lies in 20% individual pieces and 80% styling and pairing them appropriately.

Topman Design

Topman Design

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Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen: Black and gold will never get old specially when it comes in form of these very fashion forward geometric patterns.

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Alexander McQueen

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Alexander McQueen

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Alexander McQueen

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Burberry Prorsum

Burberry Prorsum: Burberry’s collection received mixed reviews. I loved the collection for the most part, only thing I found off putting were net undershirts models wore to the runway but I loved the rest. Intricate brocade detailing, woolen rug, kitschy tribal prints, over sized orchid bags and the silk scarves. This collection had so much to offer in terms of individual menswear pieces. Styling threw me off a bit but I am sure Christopher Bailey has good reasons for doing what he does so well.

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