London Fashion Week menswear: our top four trends!

22 September 2011

So as we all know by now, the final day of London Fashion Week is devoted to menswear, and Grazia Daily was at the shows to ascertain what trends you should be steering the boyfriend towards (and, indeed, away from) come next Spring Summer. We know! Menswear has trends too! These were some of our favourite things:

Stripes

Or, rather, the stripe that isn’t quite a stripe. Anything from Missoni-esque knits to something that looks like it was brought back from his gap yaah in Peru is going to be trending come next spring summer. Some of our favourites were on the catwalk at Shaun Samson (first appearance at MAN, and we liked very much) and Topman design. Basically; turns out that we’re bored of Breton.

 men in shorts

Short shorts

Ok, so this might take some getting used to for both you and the boy, but short shorts were everywhere on the S/S ’12 catwalks. Topman design showed some amazing pairs (including some in paisley printed silk - probably not going to happen, is it?), Claire Malcolm at Hardy Amies showed super short suiting, and James Long showcased probably the most wearable options of the day in a slim cut tweed. V nice.

 

Tailoring

Yay for this: tailoring was everywhere again. Last season saw tons of well cut suits on the men’s catwalks after years of ‘I’m-just-going-to-the-dockyard’ type collections, and S/S ’12 followed A/W ‘11’s lead. Obviously. Topman Design, Aquascutum, Mr Start (who showed some absolutely amazing slim cut suits, all of which we wanted) and of course, Hardy Amies all showcased ace tailoring in their S/S ’12 shows. The news is this: lapels are wider, fabrics are super matte (summer tweeds and cottons, so no nasty sheeny finishes) and double-breasted jackets are back. Consider the boyfriend’s wedding attire for next summer well and truly sorted.


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The we-can’t-see-it-happening award goes to:

Three things: Snakeskin (we loved this on the James Long catwalk, but not so much for boys as girls). Sparkle. Again; we love, but the jewelled mesh hoods at KTZ seemed a bit more Nicki Minaj than Chace Crawford. And finally, the man clutch. We hold Marc Jacobs entirely responsible for their appearance on the Topman design catwalk. 

- Alex Butt


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