And it's not just boyfriend jeans, K?
The ninth instalment of London Collections: Men wrapped yesterday, after four days of forecasting what will be on-trend in menswear this time next year.
And while you might be reading this, thinking ‘okay, so what’s in it for me?’, the men’s shows have also steadily gained a reputation for offering a preview of what to expect from the forthcoming women’s shows in September. Miuccia Prada, for one, has always included a window into her womenswear collection when she shows her men’s line on the Milano Moda Uomo schedule (Prada fans stay tuned for the show this Sunday).
Designers who don’t have a women’s line sometimes offer a couple of womenswear looks. Father and son design duo Joe and Charlie Casely-Hayford actually used their show as a platform to debut their women’s line on Saturday.
And so, LC:M has quietly emerged as a great place to scout the potential next-big-thing in womenswear; Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Giorgio Armani and Raf Simons all cut their teeth in menswear. And more recently, womenswear was just a twinkle in J.W. Anderson’s eye while he studied menswear at the London College of Fashion.
With all this in mind, this season we’ve taken a closer look at the menswear trends we’ll be trying next summer, too…
A bold update for the athleisure favourite. We’ll be wearing ours with dark indigo raw hem jeans and a navy cashmere knit.
See Shows: Agi & Sam, Christopher Kane.
With 2016 celebrating 40 years of punk, badass heritage checks look set to stay for next year too. Stuart Vevers and J.W. Anderson sporty punks feel modern – we’ll be following their lead and teaming a checked dress with boxfresh white trainers. See Shows: Coach 1941, J.W. Anderson
Vintage silhouettes were the jacket of choice at LC:M. Our favouires came in dusty pink at Topman and Agi & Sam. We’ll be embracing the retro vibes and shrugging one on over a band tee and flared jeans.
See Shows: Topman, Agi & Sam
This is a look we’ve seen cropping up on the high street recently more and more, with trompe l’oeil layered coats doing the hard work for us (think trench coats with bomber jacket sleeves). Mastering layering IRL is a stylist’s secret weapon. We’ll experiment with clashing textures à la J.W. Anderson.
See Shows: Agi & Sam, J.W. Anderson
This is a bonus addition, and not technically a trend, because we always appreciate a show that can make us smile. Christopher Kane and Agi & Sam gave us a good old LOL with their nineties TV nostalgia via Only Fools And Horses and Law & Order.
See Shows: Christopher Kane and Agi & Sam