There's no easy start to the year in the fashion world. So far we've seen London Fashion Week Men's, THE fashion trade fair, Pitti Immagine Uomo, has just started, Milan Fashion Week Men's starts on Friday 11th with the Paris show hot on it's heals from 15th-20th Jan. So many shows, so many collections, so much pouting!
If you're ready to unleash your inner Gandy (check the spelling, that's the David variety) and want to stay ahead of the trends, here is our take on what to expect for autumn/winter 2019 based on the catwalk offerings in London last weekend.
Even though these shows do sometimes exhibit the more 'quirky' side of the business (bright pink beard anyone?) they are a great platform to showcase creativity not only of the designers and creators of the garments but also of the hair, make-up, stage, lighting and sound designers. Sure, not everything we see on the catwalk will make it to the mainstream but strip away the theatricality and there were plenty of wearable collections.
So, if you're not quite ready for the genderless, post-punk offerings from Art School or the Pokemon print from Bobby Abley we think you will like the over-sized Harry Potteresque scarves complete with foot long tassels that were seen in so many of the collections. These are sure to be seen, (perhaps slightly modified for ease of wear) on the high street.
Long scarf by Bobby Abley. Image credit: Getty
Another wearable (because let's face it, you're not going to wear a see through deconstructed plastic cape) highlight was the oversized trench coats that were seen throughout the shows. In particular we really enjoyed the Kent & Curwen collection which had a military/Peaky Blinders vibe.
Long trench coat from Kent & Curwen. Image credit: Getty
Patterns were present from bold stripes to check to houndstooth and tartan. The patterned sweater, firm favourite of ours, takes on a new feel with half patterns such as those seen in the Oliver Spencer collection.
The colours to be seen in will be deep midnight blue, mustard, taupe, grey, khaki (woohoo!) and of course, this years must have, coral.
We're looking forward to seeing what Milan has to offer and will be back with more of our highlights. In the meantime, we'll leave you with one of the more interesting collections from LFWM, Xander Zhou. What started as a wearable paired-down collection with clean lines and sharp tailored shirts ended with models accompanied by Yetis, full fury face masks, flippers and sprung stilts. Take a look at the highlights on the the London Fashion Week Men's site.
The more interesting side of London Fashion Week Men's from Xander Zhou. Image credit: Getty
We're currently at Pitti Immagine Uomo so watch this space for plenty of images and our favourites from around fashionable Florence.