London, January 12, 2016 – London is both the first stop of the year for the men’s collections and a presentation of some of the most creative men’s fashion and accessories you’ll see all year.
There’s a lot of outlandish and eccentric menswear ranging from the outright laughable, to bold trendsetting hits that can shape men’s fashion going forward. The silhouettes in London are getting a lot looser, designs more minimal and colours more muted with the turmeric/terra cotta/burnt sienna family of hues standing out.
We’ve taken the time to team up the five biggest trends with the best collections coming out of London Collections Men Fall/Winter 2016.
The British Classics
Amidst the madness of any London men’s season, one can always find a few labels staying true to their classic British roots and celebrating British heritage. Clean tailoring, rich fabrics and quality craftsmanship never go out of style. Savile Row houses are keeping their brands fresh with softer construction and fabrics. – Richard James, Hardy Amies, Gieves & Hawkes, Dunhill
The Retro Tracksuit
Tracksuits were everywhere at London Collections FW16. Even Burberry showed layered retro inspired zip-front track suit tops. These aren’t meant to compete with your typical athletic kits. Inspiration comes from the 1970s and 1980s tracksuits done in luxury fabrics like velour and cashmere blends by some of Britain’s top designers. Will be interesting to see if Paris, Milan and New York follow (track)suit. – Topman, Wales Boner, JW Anderson, Nasir Mazhar, James Long, Joseph, Burberry, Xander Zhou
Fun has been a major trend in men’s fashion this decade. It started with pocket squares and statement socks, but a lot of that has become passé now. London has kicking it up a few notches over the past seasons and FW16 is no different. From the subtle to not-so-subtle, graphic motifs have shown up on knits, outerwear and even suits. London FW16 features a variety of graphic elements incorporated into fashion and accessories. Dinosaurs, snails, butterflies, endangered species, famous artistic works, and even car crashes will definitely make you stand out in the crowd. – Moschino, Coach, JW Anderson, Katie Eary, Christopher Kane, Christopher Raeburn, Alexander McQueen, Matthew Miller, Bobby Abley
Who doesn’t love knits? They are comfy and warm, but let’s face it, how many cable knits or fisherman sweaters can a guy own? London gave us a few new options. These FW16 knits are chunkier, looser, cozier and crazier. You’ll have your choice of versatile knits that work on everyone, like those of Oliver Spencer and Christopher Raeburn. Then there’s wilder, editorial-ready knits like the pugilistic creations of Sibling and knit track suits of JW Anderson. – Oliver Spencer, Pringle of Scotland, Lou Dalton, Christopher Raeburn, JW Anderson, Sibling, Richard James
Shearling is nothing new. It has however, been experiencing a resurgence over the past few fall/winter seasons. Breaking out of the traditional aviator or ranch shearling styled jackets is a challenge. London designers are meeting this challenge with exciting new pieces for FW16. – Tiger of Sweden, Topman Design, Gieves & Hawkes, Matthew Miller, Dunhill, Belstaff, Coach