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Top 5 Trends from London Collections: Men's AW15, Day 1

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Hard to believe but, according to the fashion calendar, it’s already time to look ahead and see what we’ll be wearing for Autumn/Winter. See what the best names in menswear design have in store, and make sure your fashion game is one step ahead, with The National Student’s round-up of the top trends from each day of London Collections: Men's AW15...

‘70s style

Topman Design’s (pictured top right) ‘Bombay City Rollers’ AW15 catwalk show was jam-packed with 1970s influences, from fringed suede jackets and ponchos to kick flares and dramatic turn-ups on jeans, not forgetting the Bay City Rollers-inspired tartan scarves worn on some models’ wrists. Shearling and tartan were dominating fabrics – the latter being perhaps the more wearable of the two, printed all over fitted longer length suits, or as a trim on classic denim jackets. Come autumn, keep your eyes peeled for ‘stars and stripes’ embroidery, fringed details, shearling trims, and the return of the flared trouser!

Novelty knits

Bold jumpers and sweaters are pretty much guaranteed to brighten up your wardrobe this winter, if collections from Kit Neale and Christopher Shannon (pictured right) are anything to go by. Neale’s nostalgic, almost childlike embellishments included geometric shapes in primary colours, names appliqued in sequins, and sewn-on patches. Shannon’s sportswear-influenced sweaters, however, bore graphic collage motifs and thought-provoking slogans, including a carrier bag emblazoned with ‘Thanks 4 Nothing’ and a can of ‘Broke’ cola; a playful, easy-to-wear trend.

Military mood

The army was an overarching influence at Coach’s show – military details featured heavily on aviator jackets, furry bombers, camouflage parkas, quilted gilets and trench coats. Generally relaxed silhouettes were adorned with utilitarian touches – think practical shearling linings, plenty of pockets, zips and leather accents – across casual and more formal styles. Military coats and jackets are great for the colder months as, in general, designs take into account function as well as fashion, so you can look forward to seeing a variety of styles appearing up and down the high street before the year is out.

Country classics

The military theme continued to be an underlying influence at Barbour (pictured right) and Private White V. C., where classic country heritage style was the prevailing look. As seen at Coach, outerwear took centre stage; practical quilted jackets with belted waists and popper-closed pockets, tweed blazers and anoraks were paired with chinos or corduroy trousers tucked into socks and leather brogues, all in traditional shades of brown, khaki and grey. If you want to embrace the quintessential ‘country gent’ look this autumn, stock up on practical coats, smart jackets and chinos in classic cuts and earthy colours.

Shades of Autumn

It may only be Day One, but already the key colours of the season are coming through.  A largely traditional autumnal palette - grey, khaki, brown navy and black – may not be anything new but, as demonstrated by collections from the likes of Coach, Aquascutum Men’s, Universal Works, Barbour and Todd Lynn, it is far from restrictive. Each new season brings with it some tricky trends but, whether you’re splashing out on a trench coat, dinner jacket, tailored trousers or a slim-fit suit, stick with AW15’s moody, muted shades and you can’t go far wrong.

Images courtesy of British Fashion Council: photographers Dan Sims (Topman Design and Christopher Shannon images) and Shaun James Cox (Barbour image).

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