LC:M AW16: top 5 trends
By Style Feed Staff, 12 January 2016
Like intrepid fashion explorers, we braved the rain, the crowds and roving paparazzi lenses of London Collections: Men AW16. Here are the five big trends we spotted on our catwalk safari.
Hoodies and overcoats
In case you hadn’t already noticed, overcoats are having a major moment in menswear right now. In London, the classic bit of outerwear armour got Kanye-ified and teamed with January’s most forgiving comfort item – the hoodie. Soulland and Christopher Raeburn (right) went a for simple streetwear vibe, pairing long coats with classic grey hoodies, while Agi & Sam (left) smashed all the current trends – wide-leg trousers, shades of brown, borg collars – at once in this oh-so-cosy coat-hoodie combo. BVB.
While most of you might take a less-is-more approach to your nightwear, the designers at LC:M have big plans for your pyjamas come AW16. Stylish women everywhere have been repping PJs for the past season, but this weekend designers like JW Anderson and Katie Eary invited the boys to the (pyjama) party. At Scottish lad Anderson’s show (left), silk featured prominently and his louche sets were loose, longline and decorated with psychedelic snails. From robes to boxers, Katie Eary’s silky suits (right) also involved some serious snake and koi carp imagery. Both designers used a mix of more masculine detailing and feminine fabrics to bridge the gap between traditional gender binaries. Granted, you’ve got to be pretty brave to break out of the bedroom in the full getup but, broken up, a bit of PJ-flavoured steez may be just the way to wake up on the stylish side of bed next season. KH.
AW15 saw wool and shearling dominate the collars and lining of countless coats and jackets. For the forthcoming cold season, however, it seems designers have stepped shearling up a notch in terms of importance, making textured knits and woolly detail the main event. Setting the bar high, Lou Dalton (left) fused together two big current winter trends – camel and wool – to produce a sweatshirt that looks as comfortable as a never-ending hug from a teddy bear. The knit became a key texture in Cottweiler’s collection also, fitting in seamlessly with their showcase aesthetic of scarecrows among straw and hay. Elsewhere, Burberry (right) brought a different feel to the fabric, adorning a patterned bomber with it to create a wearable, statement piece. Say goodbye to sacrificing style for warmth. SH.
No longer restricted to the realm of homemade blankets and just-can’t-bear-to-throw-them-out old jeans, patchwork well and truly weaved its way onto the catwalks of London. Throwing back to 70s schooldays in true mismatched style, pioneers of 2016’s DIY-aesthetic include Katie Eary, YMC and Oliver Spencer. Featuring neutral tones – camels, browns and tans – the relaxed, patchwork flavours on show were wearable enough to be worked into an everyday ‘fit. LK.
With functional hues and workwear shapes still very much on the agenda for AW16, it made sense that someone would take the utility uniform to its dystopian conclusion at LC:M. E. Tautz, Astrid Anderson (left) and London Collections newcomer Sean Suen (right) sent minimalist jumpsuits in all-over military drab down their catwalks. While the grey and khaki colour palette was very now, the retro detailing of these new-look overalls suggests we’ll be spending next winter dressed like the book-burning ‘firemen’ in Truffaut’s 1966 sci-fi satire film Fahrenheit 451. Hot. MG.