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Top 5 Trends from London Collections: Men's AW15, Day 2


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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...

Future soldiers

Utility details made another appearance on Day 2, with both Lee Roach and Maharishi offering pared back, futuristic takes on the trend. Clean-cut, almost oriental-inspired shapes and a mostly silver-grey and black palette were central for Roach, who showcased asymmetric knits, sleeveless blazers and tabards adorned with zips, tie-belted waists and straps for sleek warrior style.  The devil is clearly in the detail with this trend, as Maharishi’s desert military-inspired collection featured straps, belts, snoods and mouth-covering accessories teamed with loose shapes, smooth black and silver leather and camouflage knits.

Building blocks

Astrid Andersen and Matthew Miller offered alternatives to the classic autumn palette, scattering bold, bright blocks of colour throughout their collections. Andersen’s strong, simple streetwear pieces in black, grey and white were livened up with blocks of contrasting coral, while Matthew Miller’s collection of crisp white suits and relaxed maroon and black casualwear contained pops of all-over tomato red. Colours are loud and proud for AW15, so embrace the trend with sporty, fun knitwear that pairs classic black with blocks of contrasting colours or, if you’re feeling brave, go all-out a là Miller and wear your favourite shade from head-to-toe!

Feeling blue

According to YMC (pictured top right) and Hardy Amies, blue is the colour of the season, in any and every glorious shade. YMC brought a sophisticated sportswear vibe, teaming luxe joggers and leather tracksuits with smart overcoats, scarves and bowler hats, all in navy, indigo, grey and faded denim. Hardy Amies’ tailoring never disappoints, and the label’s AW15 collection of dark denim, royal and checked blue suits was no exception. Think beyond blue jeans this autumn, and give your style an easy update by adding new shades of the season’s hottest trend to your wardrobe; try a brighter blue biker jacket, or keep it subtle with a couple of sophisticated winter weather accessories in navy or steel-blue.

Artistic licence

We’re not suggesting you don a Lego mask this winter (although, each to their own), but Agi and Sam’s (pictured middle right) other top trend from their AW15 show – abstract prints and modern art-y geometric details – is definitely one to try. Paint splash prints and vibrant contrasting panels of colour against dark, clean silhouettes added interest to this collection of fairly minimalist shapes, while Christopher Raeburn’s maritime-inspired show featured a cool pop-art style shark print in primary colours. This trend is far more wearable than you may first think; for a low-key take on the trend, keep an eye out for Raeburn-esque graphics, or abstract prints similar to those seen at Agi and Sam, on cosy sweaters or scarves to add some fun to your winter wardrobe.

Wool rules

There is only one rule at Sibling (pictured right); expect the unexpected. The label’s signature mix of pink, punk and playful was back again for AW15 and, like Kit Neale and Christopher Shannon’s collections from Day 1, bold knitwear was a definite focal point. Sibling style is always fun, and that is exactly what you should be looking for when it comes to stocking up on winter woollies! Whether you adapt the brand’s garish palette of candy pink, black and white is up to you, but the real trends to take into account are the grungy, distressed details that featured across cardigans, jumpers, jogging bottoms and accessories. Skater-boy stripes and checks were key prints here, while loosely-looped fisherman’s jumpers were distressed to the point of destruction – torn and hanging from the shoulders, or with threads hanging loose and panels cut clean out, worn over elongated dress shirts. Team this on-trend look with black jeans and leather jackets for über cool street style this winter – gigantic pink and black teddy bears optional.

Images courtesy of British Fashion Council: photographers Sam Wilson (Agi and Sam image), Kensington Leverne (Sibling image) and Shaun James Cox (YMC image).

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