Now London Fashion Week Men’s has been wrapped up for it’s 11th season, fashion enthusiasts and style influencers have already started creating outfits based on the Autumn Winter trends for 2018.
This season saw some strong themes across several shows and the continuation and evolution of trends we’ve already seen in 2017.
1. Velvet and Corduroy
Corduroy and velvet fabrics featured in many designers’ collections including Lou Dalton, Oliver Spencer, Liam Hodges, Alex Mullins, Gloverall, and John Lawrence Sullivan.
Oliver Spencer showcased ultra comfy looking velvet trousers in shades of tobacco brown and mustard yellow. Lou Dalton chose a similar earthy palette, teaming a blue velvet coat with dark brown velvet trousers. Gloverall’s corduroy jackets and coats appeared in dark green, mustard, and red.
2. Brand Collaboration
Henry Holland and Ben Sherman joined forces to produce a 29-piece capsule collection for London Fashion Week Men’s.
The collection was displayed on the catwalk styled as a 1970s dancehall, complete with dancers and DJ Eddie Piller spinning retro hits.
British heritage brand Barbour also collaborated with Japanese-American streetwear label Engineered Garments to produce a range of modern streetwear-inspired outerwear in black waxed cotton
3. ‘80’s Style Tailoring
1980’s inspired boxy tailoring with square shoulders and pinstripes was seen in several shows including Alex Mullins and John Lawrence Sullivan. The suit was given a new twist by Alex Mullins with his rainbow tie-dye velvet creation.
Grace Wales Bonner featured a more androgynous cut, with wide leg trousers and boxy jackets with buttons on the front and back, inspired by Jacob Lawrence artworks.
4. Checks and Argyle
Golf-inspired Argyle looks popped in the Charles Jeffrey show in the form of oversized jumpers, MAN’s Argyle knit vest and Astrid Andersen’s classic golf polo teamed with metallic tartan joggers.
Checks and tartan were also used in many collections including those by Tourne De Transmission, Liam Hodges, and Charles Jeffrey Loverboy.
5. Rock Climbing Accessories
Climbing is this season’s sports influence on style, with Cottweiler’s show featuring climbing harnesses repurposed as a belt, ropes slung over the shoulder, and bags attached with carabineers.
The collection was inspired by a trip the designers took through Slovenian caves and includes bags with dripping wax to create the appearance of a stalactite.
A-COLD-WALL also showcased harnesses with pockets on the straps – an evolution of the bum bag trend we’ve been seeing over the last year or so.
6. Re-purposed Workwear
Christopher Raeburn’s show featured bright orange streetwear upcycled from safety jackets worn by sea rescue teams and tops made out of Russian and Danish navy woollen blankets.
Tinie Tempah’s whole collection was also inspired by workwear – in particular the uniforms of workers at the Docklands Light Railway. Pieces included cargo trousers with Velcro tapes and jackets in muted shades of olive green, royal blue, and black, with splashes of bright orange.
7. Puffer Jackets and Padded Outerwear
Puffer jackets have been one of the best selling outerwear styles this autumn and winter and the trend continues with padded bomber jackets and overcoats appearing in several designers’ collections.
Alex Mullins showcased a padded camel coat, Christopher Raeburn’s collection included a navy bomber jacket, and Tonsure’s show included several padded jackets alongside belted coats.
8. Layered Outerwear
Layers have always been a key element of dressing for the autumn winter season, but this year’s London Fashion Week saw it being taken up a notch.
Roll necks were layered under jackets, shirts, and suiting in the blood brother and Liam Hodges shows, and hoodies were used under coats in the Jordanluca collection.
9. Iconic British Culture Inspiration
British brand Belstaff used Liam Gallagher’s son Lennon to model their ‘Made in UK’ collection, which was inspired by British subcultures and youth movements since the 1950s including mods, punks, rockers, and Skins.
David Beckham and Daniel Kearns’ label, Kent & Curwen also had a distinctly British feel about its collection with a photographic exhibition replacing a catwalk show, featuring models scouted from a boxing gym in Bethnal Green and Hackney Marshes football field.
10. Cowboy Chic
Cowboy boots were the footwear of choice in the John Lawrence Sullivan show in black, brown, and python-look leather. Cowboy boots have been popping up in shows over the last year and will continue to be on trend into autumn winter 2018.
The Wild West theme continued across the Astrid Andersen collection with cowboy hats and outerwear combining technical features and plaid checks.