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Top 5 trends from London Collections: Men's AW15, Day 3


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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...

Shear delight

The ‘70s trend seen at Topman Design on Day 1 was prevalent again for Day 4, with both J. W. Anderson (pictured right) and huntergather both unveiling collections with a laidback hippy vibe, where shearling was a stand-out trend. Palettes dominated by shades of camel and brown lent well to coats and waistcoats trimmed with this gorgeously fuzzy fabric, while James Long went for a more modern take on the trend by finishing sleek leather bombers, aviators and cut-off denim jackets with contrasting off-white shearling details on collars, lapels, pockets and cuffs; this is one snuggly style update you’ll be thankful for come the cold winter months!

A Clockwork Orange

This 1971 cult classic was the inspiration at KTZ (pictured right), where an innovative, dark, villainous collection was on the cards for AW15. Sharp, structured silhouettes were predominantly black, grey and white (with a few colourful Rubik’s cube-inspired prints thrown in for good measure), but monochrome is never, ever boring when it’s done KTZ style; lashings of butter-soft black leather, rubber and zips, fur-trimmed jackets, brilliant black and white skeleton graphics and abstract prints featured on oversized shapes, teamed with heavy buckled boots and strangely sinister bowler hats to complete the look. With so many great trends to take from this collection, you’re bound to find one or two elements adapted by your favourite high street stores this autumn.

Studious = stylish

The Dunhill man was a gentleman through and through; a romantic vision of the stereotypical Oxford academic, studious and suave. This collection gave a modern twist to classic clothing, featuring trousers with turned up hems, fitted shirts with crisp white collars, slouchy cable-knit jumpers, checks, stripes and tweed blazers. Accessorised with a trusty man bag or two, tucked-in ties, beautiful leather brogues and thick-rimmed glasses (of course), there was more than a touch of the English eccentric here. Smarten up your casual style with this easy to wear trend, which will see you right way beyond the autumn/winter months.

Dapper and decadent

If you’re likely hitting up a party or formal ball next Christmas, then take note! Bin your boring black dinner jacket, AW15 is the time for bold, brave, attention-grabbing formal wear. Turnbull and Asser’s ‘‘Deadly Dandies, Tea and Treachery’ presentation was stuffed full off flamboyant fabrics – metallic jacquard and paisley silks – across an exquisite  collection of dinner jackets, smoking jackets and dress coats. Of course, there’s not many can beat Alexander McQueen (pictured right) when it comes to tailoring, and the label came out on top once again with a stunning array of dark and decadent evening wear. Florals were given a gothic twist with peony prints peppered across slim-fitting silhouettes in black, maroon, navy and grey, finished with sophisticated quilted details or velvet trims.

Orange is the new black

Or, at least, it goes really, really well with black and grey as seen at Casely-Hayford and CMMN Sweden. The two labels seemed to be on some kind of psychic wavelength, as both offered up collections fusing sportswear with tailoring, in a palette of black, grey and blue with pops of bright, brazen orange. Mix up your style by pairing dark sweatpants (clean ones, preferably) with a smart pinstriped suit jacket and pressed white shirt to get the look, not forgetting that all-important flash of orange. Keep it subtle with a contrasting panel on an otherwise plain shirt or khaki blazer, an abstract graphic print on a black T-shirt, piping or lining, or go all-out with an entirely orange bomber jacket or pair of chinos.

Images courtesy of British Fashion Council: photographers Sam Wilson (J. W. Anderson image), Kensington Leverne (KTZimage) and Dan Sims (Alexander McQueen image).

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