Men's fashion trends to expect this AW17

As the end of summer fast approaches, and the weather takes a turn for the worse, it’s time to relinquish those shorts once again, and turn our attention towards clothes that can withstand the onslaught of frosts and downpours. The perennial challenge of combining fashion with practicality is about to rear its head once more. Fortunately, many of the mens fashion trends set to dominate the 2017 autumn fashion scene make keeping warm look effortlessly good.

Keeping it Cosy

From London fashion week onwards, designers have opted for comfort and warmth when it comes to mens fashion. Last season, Prada introduced a collection of winter-ready snow wear fit for the slopes, and other houses seem to be following suit. Padded jackets seem to be a particular favourite, and designers are experimenting with new fillings for light-weight comfort. Volume will also be a major component of these jackets. Another, equally cosy, autumn fashion item looks set to be the roll-neck jumper. From Louis Vuitton to Versace, roll necks are everywhere, so you can expect your neck to have a particularly comfortable winter this year. Baggy clothes in general are likely to make a comeback as the season turns, with trousers being a notable example. Slim line jeans and trousers will largely give way to more accommodating cuts.

The 70s Return

You can expect patterned cardigans and silk shirts to soon emerge, injecting a little vintage nostalgia into this season’s mens fashion trends. Fur will also make an appearance, with natural browns and greys in cropped cuts dominating the scene. This is a real change from the shaggier lines which led the last incarnation of winter furs. When it comes to silk shirts and cardigans, bold patterns and colours will take charge – expect to see plenty of red and purple. Dior seems especially keen on this penchant for the bold, and presented models in top-to-toe scarlet earlier this year.

Corduroy is Back

Possibly an offshoot of the resurgence of ‘70s styles, corduroy is the fabric of choice for swathes of men's fashion this autumn and winter. Tailored cord is likely to dominate the trend, so this could be the perfect time to invest in a well-fitted corduroy suit. Olive green or navy blue in particular are the colours of choice for this season, with a fairly causal, relaxed fit. You can also expect to see corduroy trousers matched with a leather jacket to give a more causal, weekend look.

A New Look for the Season

This year’s autumn and winter trends look set to be nothing if not adaptable, but getting a trend to work for you can still be challenging. It could be worth employing the help of a mens fashion stylist. Overall, comfort and loose-fitting garments look set to play a key role in the upcoming season, combined with bold colours which will inject some energy into what can very often be a dreary and grey time of year.

LONDON COLLECTIONS: MEN TREND REPORT SS16 #LCMSS16 #LCM

After reviewing hundreds of photos and reading many of the LCM designers style notes - most of which are exceptionally well written and extremely creative - however I'm going try to bring all this fashion jargon back to earth for the everyday man.

Prior to London Collections SS16, I expected and wanted to see more focus on Made-in-Britain pieces, summer tailoring with shorts and plenty of prints. I'm happy to say that I wasn't disappointed. You can watch my pre LCM interview for Mode Stories/Brash UK below:

It's such a unique event which gets London buzzing and there is something for every type of style from flamboyant fashionistas to smart Savile Row tailoring. Seeing LCM expand to 4 full days is not surprising after reading the growth of the menswear industry from Caroline Rush, CEO of the BFC who told The Guardian 'The global menswear market is now worth $440bn (£298bn) as men are spending more than ever on clothing and footwear.'

'London is the global home of menswear with great heritage and cultural relevance, not only with the Savile Row tailors but also home-grown talent and international super-brands.'

'This breadth is what makes London unique and inspiring.'

 

MY LCM SS16 TREND REPORT

SUMMER WHITES

With this Spring Summer 2016 trend, the pristine white houses of Chelsea will have nothing on you. Seen across collections from Tiger of Sweden, Alexander McQueen, J.W. Anderson, Agi & Sam, Maharishi and Craig Green.

ORANGE TONES

I have been a long admirer of all orange tones because the colours are so versatile yet bold, so only a small tiny detail can transform your outfit. Seen on collections from Lou Dalton, Hardy Amies, Sibling and Craig Green.

WINDOWPANE FABRICS

Taking its name from the wide windowpane like checked pattern, this style has recently been brought back from sartorial exile. A windowpane suit isn’t for the light-hearted; it’s a bold print of retro elegance that makes a statement. Seen on Paul Smith, Chester Barrie, Tommy Hilfiger, Hardy Amies and Dunhill

DESERT & CAMO

Think Desert Camouflage and I immediately think of the Belstaff SS16 collection, which was all over my twitter and instagram feed during LCM. Also seen at Topman, Gieves & Hawkes and Maharishi.

STORMY SUMMER COLOURS

The trend: Stormy Summer Colours were huge at LCM this year with hues of grey being featured at almost every show. Similar to the Great British weather, Aquascutum stayed true to its British heritage and featured greys, blacks and dark blues in their SS16 collection. Also seen at Burberry, YMC, Hardy Amies and Oliver Spencer.

PRINTS

It goes without saying really, prints were always going to be big for SS16 as the summer months give more freedom to use bright colour print palettes. Have fun with this trend, however leave the double prints to those who are in the know and can pull it off! Seen on the collections of Topman, Katy Eary, Sibling, Kit Neale, James Long, Xander Zhou, Alexander McQueen and Richard James.

GREYS

Hardy Amies’s SS16 collection had a space odyssey inspiration behind it- featuring a colour palette of charcoals and greys in the form of elegant suits, bombers and trousers made from techy fabrics. Greys also featured in the collections of Burberry, Topman, Dunhill, James Long and Margaret Howell.

Special thanks to London Collections: Men chairman Dylan Jones OBE, The British Fashion Council, all the ambassadors & menswear designers.

Special thanks to London Collections: Men chairman Dylan Jones OBE, The British Fashion Council, all the ambassadors & menswear designers.

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