From the return of 1980s boxy tailoring to plenty of padded outerwear and the new ‘It’ colour of the season, we’ve highlighted the top five trends from this weekend’s London Fashion Week Men’s
This weekend saw the world’s fashion elite descend on London for the city’s biannual celebration of all things menswear, London Fashion Week Men’s. With over 50 events taking place over four days, the city has become a stage for the fashion world’s first glimpse into what men will be wearing in autumn/winter 2018. With a heady mix of menswear collections to sift through, we’ve selected the five standout trends of the autumn/winter 2018 collections, including heavy-duty outerwear, statement silhouettes and the colour of the season.
It’s time to burn your skinny jeans. This coming autumn/winter will be all about embracing big, billowing silhouettes. From oversized outerwear, in the form of leather raincoats at Phoebe English and plaid trench coats at Qasimi, to voluminous tailoring at Edward Crutchley, the most fashion-forward shows and presentations offered big shapes for the upcoming season.
1980s boxy tailoring
Harking back to the 1980s, when the New Romantics were storming the music charts and a suited Melanie Griffith starred in the film Working Girl, the main tailoring trend was angular, boxy and, at some shows, distinctly androgynous. From square shoulders and pinstripes at Alex Mullins and John Lawrence Sullivan to wide-legged trousers and cinched-in waists at Wales Bonner, suiting for autumn/winter will be a touch more retro.
Across the more trend-led designer shows this weekend it has become clear that the colour of the season is undoubtedly, to the disappointment of some, brown. It is, however, not just any brown. Tobacco shades, ranging from light khaki-brown to deep red-brown, were seen on jackets and trousers at Chalayan, suede bomber jackets at Oliver Spencer and oversized overcoats at Qasimi.
Once again the pattern of the season is check. Whether windowpane checks or Celtic-tinged tartan, menswear collections always seem to contain an element of checks and this season it takes centre stage. Futuristic digital-esque checks were shown at Tourne de Transmission, while square checks were seen across smart sportswear at Liam Hodges and more traditional red and white checks across less than traditional pieces at Charles Jeffrey Loverboy.
Winter staples, padded and puffer jackets traditionally hold pride of place in the practical wardrobe and for autumn/winter 2018 they are ascending to fashionable hero-item status. With Alex Mullins reinventing the overcoat in the form of a padded camel coat, Tonsure’s winter essential padded cream and grey jacket, and Christopher Raeburn’s low-profile navy padded bomber jacket, padded coats and jackets will be the outerwear of choice for autumn/winter 2018.